Author of Historical Walks: The Gatineau Park Story, Katharine will lead participants on her favourite hike in Gatineau Park leading from O’Brien Beach Parking lot (P11) to the ruins of Thomas “Carbide” Willson’s superphospate fertilizer plant, locally known as “The Mill.” The 3.25 km (return) hike with Katharine and her photographer-cartographer husband Eric, takes us through gorgeous forested trails and alongside Meech and Little Meech lakes, where we hopefully will see merganser ducks, loons, and spring ephemerals – early wildflowers.
Note: This hike will proceed, rain or shine. Wear appropriate, comfy footwear for uneven footing/terrain, sunhat, camera and binoculars – and bring water and a snack. Bring insect repellant: Black flies could be out… Katharine always walks at a slow pace, giving ample time for examining plants, birdwatching, and encouraging discussion from the group about natural and human history of Gatineau Park.
Special request: Katharine always welcomes interviews. However, during her walks and talks, she very respectfully requests not to be recorded or videotaped. Thank you.
Registration required: please call 819-827-2020 or drop in at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre to register for this hike.
- Time: Friday, May 3, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm
- Cost: Adults: $15, Members: $12; Seniors & students: $12, Members: $10; Children $5
- Meet: at P11 on Meech Lake Road at 5 min before 6 pm
- This will be an interpretive hike (English) covering approximately 3.25 km (both ways, in total)
- Dress for spring weather and uneven terrain.