Introduction to Bird Watching

Have you always wanted to learn more about the life of birds?  Register now to participate in a bird-watching workshop offered by the Friends of Gatineau Park.  Mr Robert Alvo, an expert ornithologist and author of the recently published book, Being a Bird in North America (BABINA), introduces you to the practice of bird-watching, including the following topics:

  • Equipment to invest in
  • Planning your outings
  • Learning where the best bird-watching spots are in Gatineau park and in the region
  • Resources available for amateur birdwatchers
  • Observing while respecting the environmentbirdwatch

The workshop consists of an indoor presentation followed by a hike with practical exercises. This activity is for persons aged 13 and older.  Reservations required.

Bring your binoculars and field guide if you have them. Some binoculars will be on hand to loan.

Copies of Rob’s book will be available for purchase for $40, taxes in, payable by cash or credit card.

When?
Saturday, June 4, 2016 (in French) 8 am to 10 am

Sunday, June 5, 2016 (in English) 8 am to 10 am

Cost?
Member of Friends of Gatineau Park:  Adult: $16;  Student (13+)/Senior (65+): $13;  Family: 34$

Non-Member: Adult: $20; Student (13+)/Senior (65+): $16; Family: 42$

The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

Where?
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec

Reservations and information:  819-827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016

Newsletter now available in Digital Format

IMG_2126The latest issue of the Friends of Gatineau Park newsletter is now available in the Publications section of the website. Following a Board decision, the newsletter is now available only in digital format. This issue includes 4 interesting articles covering biodiversity and heritage topics as well as programmed events for next few months although some of the dates for these events may have been modified since the printing of the Newsletter. Check the Programming 2016 button on the homepage of the website for the latest changes to the schedule and other scheduled activities.

The four articles featured in the Newsletter are:

  • Habitat Selection and Coverboard efficiency in Sampling Snakes by Francisco Retamal Diaz;

  • Ridge Road Settlers by Bill McGee;

  • Responsible Trail Management in Gatineau Park by Catherine Verreault

  • The Alexander Family and Meech Lake Tourism by Michel Lemaire

Did you enjoy these articles? Then, why not become a member (yearly membership is only $15) of the Friends of Gatineau Park and support more directly research products conducted within the Park. Call the Friends’ office at 819-827-3113 for details.

 

Call for research proposals sponsored by the Friends of Gatineau Park

Friends of Gatineau Park invites proposals for social, cultural and historical research as it relates to Gatineau Park.

Examples of past research includes: evolution of trails in the park, history of tourism hotels and lodges, prominent families, Mackenzie King Estate, etc.

We encourage research on Indigenous place names and historical uses, the importance of the park in the lives of peoples of the region, political and social history of the evolution of the park, feminist perspectives and women’s roles in the park, etc.

This is an open call for research proposals sponsored by the Friends of Gatineau Park. For more information and to submit a proposal contact The Friends of Gatineau Park by email at friendsgatineaupark@bellnet.ca.

Petals and Pioneers

Come discover new things about Gatineau Park! Take a walk* on the Lauriault Trail with an experienced naturalist.

  • Discover the Park’s plants and wildlife, and learn how to identify wildflowers.

  • Learn about the Park’s protected habitats and ecosystems, including the Eardley Escarpment.

  • Get acquainted with some of the Park’s early residents and cottagers like the Lauriault and Mulvihill families. Some of the Park’s natural features were named after these families.

This Friends of Gatineau Park activity is for persons aged 10 and older. Reservations are required.

*walk takes place on hilly terrain

When?
Saturday, May 14, 2016 (in French)
10 am to 12 pm

Sunday, May 15, 2016 (in English)
10 am to 12 pm

Cost?

Member of the Friends of Gatineau Park:
Adult: $16; Student (13 and +) / Senior (65 and +): $13; Family: 34$
Non-Member:
Adult: $20; Student / Senior (65 and +): $16; Family: 42$
Child (Age 10 to 12): $7
The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

Where?

Meeting point: the Waterfall Trail parking lot, off the Champlain Parkway.

Reservations and information?

819-827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016 (toll-free)

Frog Chorus

Spring is in the air and frog songs are filling the night! Join an experienced amphibian specialist for an introduction to the frogs, toads and salamanders of Gatineau Park. We’ll start with an indoor presentation to learn about the different species and their calls. Then we’ll go to nearby ponds to enjoy the concert first hand and identify who is who!

Grenouille-01wGatineau Park supports a broad diversity of wildlife, including about 15 species of amphibians.

This Friends of Gatineau Park activity is for persons aged 10 and older. Reservations are required.

Please wear rubber boots and bring spare socks, a flashlight and clear plastic container for viewing our specimens.

When?
Friday, April 22, 2016 (in English)
7 pm to 9:30 pm

Friday, April 29, 2016 (in French)
7 pm to 9:30 pm

Cost?
Member of the Friends of Gatineau Park:
Adult: $16; Student (13 and over) / Senior (65 and over): $13; Family: 34$

Non-Member:
Adult: $20; Student / Senior (65 and over): $16; Family: 42$

Child (Age 10 to 12): $7

The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

Where?
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec

Reservations and information?
819-827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016 (toll-free)

Owl Prowl

Join an experienced birdwatcher for an “Owl Prowl” evening. You’ll discover the many owls that live in Gatineau Park, and learn about their unique features and behaviours. You will also learn to imitate their calls and to identify the responses you get in the different parts of Gatineau Park. The activity will start with an indoor presentation.

This activity is suitable for persons aged 10 and older.  Please wear weather-appropriate clothing for the 90-mimagesinute outdoor component of the activity.

Reservations are required.

When?
Friday, April 8, 2016 (in French)
7 to 10 pm

Friday, April 15, 2016 (in English)
7 to 10 pm

Cost?
Member of the Friends of Gatineau Park

Adult: $16; Student (13 and over) / Senior (65 and over): $13; Family: $34

Non-Member
Adult: $20; Student / Senior (65 and over): $16; Family: $42

Child (Age 10 to 12): $7

The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

Where?
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road
Old Chelsea QC J9B 1R5

Reservations and Information?
819-827-2020 | Toll-free: 1-866-456-3016

Adopt a Trail Report for 2015

Click here for the 2015 Adopt-a-Trail Program report.

Workshop on Orientation with Map and Compass in Gatineau Park

Finding your way with map and compass is an essential skill to master for anyone who participates in outdoor recreation activities. Come and learn the theory and practical applications of orienteering with map and compass.Compass_purple

This workshop is organized by the Friends of Gatineau Park and comprises of two sessions.

Theory Session
Through presentation and exercises, you will have the opportunity to learn the following:

• Understanding the legend on a topographic map
• Reading the landscape using a map
• Using coordinates to locate points on a map
• Measuring distance on a map
• Planning your route using a map
• Relationship between the map, compass and GPS

Practical Session
Outdoors, near the visitor centre, you will carry out a series of exercises covering these concepts and techniques:

• The components of a compass and how it works
• Determining a bearing
• Travelling on a bearing
• Detouring around obstacles

Dress according to the weather. Compasses will be provided but you may bring your own if you prefer.

Please note that you may register for either or for both of the sessions.

This activity is suitable for participants 13 and older. Reservations are required.

Theory session :
Saturday, March 19, 2016
9:30 am to 12 (in French)
1:30 pm to 4 (in English)

Practical session :
Saturday, April 9, 2016
9:30 am to 12 (in French)
1:30 pm to 4 (in English)

Cost per session: Member – Adult (18+), $16; Senior (65+) & Student (13+), $13
Non-Member – Adult (18+), $20; Senior (65+) & Student (13+), $16

The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

Where: Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, 33 Scott Road, Chelsea Qc

Reservations and Information: 819-827-2020 | 1-866-456-3016

Introduction to snowshoeing in Gatineau Park

Learn the basics of snowshoeing at this workshop offered by the Friends of Gatineau Park. During this guided activity on trails 60 and 61, you will learn more about the following:

  • planning an outing and the equipment you will need

  • ​the Park’s different snowshoe trails

  • reading the landscape and getting your bearings

  • safety and outdoor ethics.

​This activity is for persons aged 13 and over who are in good physical condition. The activity includes a 2.5-hour snowshoe hike, after a short presentation at the Visitor Centre.

Bring a backpack, water and a snack, and make sure that you dress appropriately for the weather.

Participants can bring their own snowshoes or borrow a pair for free from the Friends of Gatineau Park (please let us know when making your reservation).

When
Saturday, February 20, 2016 (in French)
1 pm to 4 pm
Sunday, February 21, 2016 (in English)
1 pm to 4 pm
Cost
Member of the Friends of Gatineau Park
Adult: $16
Student (13 and over): $13
Senior (65 and over): $13
Non‑member
Adult: $20
Student (13 and over): $16
Senior (60 and over): $16

The cost does not include trail access. Those who do not have a season pass will have to buy a daily snowshoe pass at the Visitor Centre before the activity begins.

The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

Where
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec
Information and reservations: 819-827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016

2016 Programming

The Programming Committee of the Friends of Gatineau Park are happy to be publishing their planned schedule of events for 2016. The attached schedule is subject to change.  It covers brand new activities organized for the first time by the Friends as well as regular events that have taken place for several years.

Broader categories of activities covered by this schedule calendarinclude:

  • Snowshoe under the Stars

  • Dusk series

  • Wilderness skills

  • Special events

  • Speaker series

Regularly check our website prior to each scheduled activity for more details on location, registration, cost and any changes in date and time.