Come celebrate Parks Day at Gatineau Park on July 18

To celebrate Parks Day in Canada, the Friends of Gatineau Park are organizing an event to encourage visitors to discover the Gatineau Park, and to better appreciate and protect it by:

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  • Meeting various organizations involved in the Park which offer conservation, recreation or sporting activities

  • Learning about the educational and conservation programs offered by the Friends of Gatineau Park

  • Seeing how it is possible to get involved in supporting Gatineau Park

This event is intended for families and anyone interested in Gatineau Park. Participants / Visitors do not require reservations for this activity.

More details on this event follow:

  • Date:  Saturday, July 18, 2015

  • Time: From 10 am to 3 pm.

  • Where: Outside the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre                  33, Scott Road, Chelsea, Québec

  • Cost:  Free

  • Information: 819-827-2020 ou 1-866-456-3016 (sans frais)

Introduction to Birdwatching – June 27, 2015

Have you always wished to learn about, appreciate and understand birdlife?   Register now to participate in this fun, new workshop offered by the Friends of Gatineau Park.

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Robert Alvo, an expert ornithologist, will guide you into the world of birdwatching and enable you to :

  • Know what equipment to invest in

  • Plan your outings

  • Learn where the best birdwatching spots are within the Gatineau park and elsewhere in the region

  • Find what resources are available for amateur birdwatchers

  • Observe while respecting the environment

The workshop includes 2 parts of one hour and an half each, an indoor presentation and a hike with pratical exercises outdoors.

Clothing and footwear suitable for trail use and appropriate to the weather.

This activity is recommended for adults and children over 10 years old. Reservations are required.

 

More details on this activity follow:

  • Date:  Saturday, June 27, 2015 (English); a similar activity will also be offered in French on  Sunday, June 28, 2015

  • Time: From 6  to 9 pm.

  • Where: Gatineau Park Visitor Centre - 33, Scott Road, Chelsea, Québec

  • Information and Reservations: (819) 827-2020    or 1-866-456-3016 (Toll free)

  • Cost : Members - Adults, $ 12; Seniors (60 years and older) / Students (13 years and older), $ 10. Non-members - Adults, $ 15; Seniors (60 years and older) / Students (13 years and older), $ 12. Children (10 to 12 years old), $ 5.

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

 Photo provided by Michel Lemaire. 

Creatures of the Night – Friday, June 19, 2015

chauve-souris jpgWhen daylight gives way to night, a whole body of life becomes active in the forest. Accompanied by one of the Friends of Gatineau park’s nature interpreters, come learn about the mysterious but fascinating “creatures of the night”: fireflies, coyotes, bats, and flying squirrels, amongst others.

This Dusk Series family activity will include a 30-minute indoor IMG_1539presentation followed by an interpretive walk on the Sugarbush Trail (1.5km).

Clothing and footwear suitable for trail use and appropriate to the weather.

This activity is recommended for adults and children over 10 years old. Reservations are required.

 

More details on this activity follow:

  • Date:  Friday, June 19, 2015 (English)a similar activity will also be offered in French on  Saturday, June 20, 2015

  • Time: From 8  to 10:30 pm approximately

  • Where: Gatineau Park Visitor Centre - 33, Scott Road, Chelsea, Québec

  • Information and Reservations: (819) 827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016 (Toll free)

  • Cost : Members - Adults, $ 12; Seniors (60 years and older) / Students (13 years and older), $ 10. Non-members - Adults, $ 15; Seniors (60 years and older) / Students (13 years and older), $ 12. Children (10 to 12 years old), $ 5. The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

 

The Pleasures of Campsite Cookery – Sunday, June 14

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                                                                     Photo provided by Jo-Ann Holden (Musician on Skis)

Join us for a special workshop that will spice up your outdoor camping meals! With chef Kim Copeland, you’ll discover cooking secrets for healthy, tasty and easy-to-prepare meals for your outdoor escapes.

 Learn more about:

  • Preparing food

  • Planning outdoor meals

  • Recipe ideas

  • Cooking equipment

  • Safety tips and outdoor ethics

 

Participants will be able to sample the food prepared during the workshop. A snack will also be served.

Please bring your own reusable mug, knife, fork, plate and cutting board.

This Friends of Gatineau Park activity is for persons aged 5 and older. Reservations are required.

 

More details on this activity follow:

  • Date:  Sunday, June 14, 2015 (English); a similar workshop will also be offered in French on Saturday, June 13, 2015

  • Time: From 9:30 am  to 12:30 pm 

  • Where : Gatineau Park Visitor Centre - 33, Scott Road, Chelsea, Québec

  • Information and Reservations: (819) 827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016 (Toll free)

  • Cost : Members - Adults, $ 17; Seniors (60 years and older) / Students (13 years and older), $ 15. Non-members - Adults, $ 20; Seniors (60 years and older) / Students (13 years and older), $ 17. Children (5 to 12 years old), $ 13. The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

 

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Kim Copeland is a professional chef who loves to share her passion for good food with everyone she meets. Whether she’s “yurting,” camping or cooking in a “real” kitchen, she loves creating fresh, healthy, homemade delights. When she isn’t cooking, Kim is actively involved in promoting healthy eating practices in child care.

Launch of 2015 Adopt-a-Trail Season

France Girard is happy to welcome volunteers (new and returning) who have agreed to adopt a trail for the 8th season of the program. The program runs from May 15 to October 15 and volunteers were invited to pick up their volunteer kit recently (vest, trail map and password for reporting) and to return their application form completed. Each volunteer enrolling in the program is agreeing to walk their trail on a bi-weekly basis and to report any problems encountered via a web-based form available to volunteers. Continue reading

CANCELLED – Introduction to Camping Workshop – May 24 PM

THIS WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED.

As part of the wilderness skills series, Join the Friends of gatineau park in this brand-new workshop to discover camping basics and How to enjoy it.

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You are invited to follow our experienced outdoor guide and to get a number of practical tips and advices that are good to know when planning an enjoyable and safe overnight stay in a tent. You will learn basic safely rules to follow in a natural environment and ways to minimize your impact on the environment. Continue reading

Petals and Pioneers – Friday, May 15

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

 

  • Discover the Park’s plants and wildlife, and learn how Erythrone-05wto 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. Continue reading

Carbide Willson Hike – Saturday, May 9

220px-Thomas_Leopold_WillsonThomas Leopold “Carbide” Willson was a great inventor and fascinating Canadian historical character. Come discover the ruins of a revolutionary industrial plant he built in 1911, right here in Gatineau Park. Take a hike with us and learn more about this prolific inventor!

- Learn more about the industrial history of this area before it became part of Gatineau Park. Continue reading

Latest issue of the Newsletter Now Avalable

FullSizeRenderThe latest issue of the Friends of Gatineau Park newsletter is now available in the Publications section of the website. It features 2 articles on biodiversity and 1 on heritage. These 3 interesting articles are a follow-up to presentations made by 3 authors during the 2014 Research Forum. Continue reading

Frog Chorus – Friday, April 17

Spring is in the air and frog songs are filling the night!  As part of the very popular Dusk Series, the Friends of Gatineau Park invite you to join an experienced amphibian specialist,  Robert Alvo, on Friday, April 17, 2015,  for an introduction to the frogs, toads and salamanders of Gatineau Park.

 

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The activity will start with an indoor presentation to learn about their different calls.  Then, the participants will be invited to go to nearby ponds to enjoy the concert first hand and identify who is who! Gatineau Park supports a broad diversity of wildlife, including about 15 species of amphibians. Continue reading