Category Archives: Activities

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 Friends of Gatineau Park activity is for persons aged 13 and over who are in good physical condition. The activity includes a 1.5-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).raquettes-avec-les-amis-du-parc-de-la-gatineau

When
Saturday, January 14, 2017 (in French)
1 pm to 3 pm

Sunday, January 15, 2017 (in English)
1 pm to 3 pm

Cost
Member of the Friends of Gatineau Park
Adult: $16
Student (13 and over): $13
Senior (65 and over): $13

Nonmember
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.

Survival in the Outdoors Workshop

Survival in the Outdoors Workshop

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Learn about survival priorities and what to do if lost in the woods with members of Sauvetage Bénévole Outaouais – Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue (SBO-OVSAR). The presentation features practical tips and equipment demonstrations.

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  • Survival priorities
  • Planning a hike
  • Ten essential items you need to carry and know how to use
  • Search and rescue techniques.

With these tools you will be less likely to get lost in the woods, yet better prepared for misadventures.

 

This Friends of Gatineau Park activity is for persons aged 12 and older. Reservations are required.

When?
Friday, December 2, 2015 from 7 pm to 9 pm

Cost?
Member of the Friends of Gatineau Park
Adult: $16
Student (12 and over) / Senior (65 and over): $13
Family: 34$

Non-Member
Adult: $20
Student (12 and over) / Senior (65 and over): $16
Family: 42$

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

Where?
Gatineau Park’s Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Chelsea Qc

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

Creatures of the Night

When the sun sets, a whole other world comes to life in the forest. Accompanied by one of the Friends of Gatineau Park’s nature interpreters and a guest biologist, join us to learn about mysterious and fascinating Creatures of the Night: fireflies, coyotes, bats, and flying squirrels, amongst others.

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photo credit: J. Holden

This family activity includes a 45 minute indoor presentation followed by a short interpretive walk on part of the Sugarbush Trail.   Please wear footwear/clothing suitable for the activity and temperature. The activity is recommended for adults and children over 10 years old.  Reservations required.

When?
Friday, June 17, 2016 from 8-10:00 PM in French
Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 8-10:00 PM in English

Cost?
Member of the Friends of Gatineau Park
Adult: $16; Student (13+) /Senior (65+): $13; Family: $34
Non-Member
Adult: $20; Student (13+) /Senior (65+): $16; Family: $42
Child (Age 10-12): $7

Revenues go towards supporting the programs of the Friends of Gatineau Park.

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

Information & reservations: 819-827-2020 or 1-866-456-3016

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

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

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.

Commanda’s Birchbark Canoe: A Canadian Treasure

Join us on Saturday, January 23 to learn about the importance of the canoe on display at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.

Fabricated by Algonquin Elder William Commanda, this birchbark canoe was gifted to the Friends of Gatineau Park by the Waddell family in October 2014.

Canoe 2014 0The crafting of this type of canoe requires a great deal of skill and patience. Through a selection of original photos and a short video, participants will be able to appreciate the complexity of the fabrication process for this type of birchbark canoe. Then, a comparison will illustrate the differences between this Algonquin canoe and those made by other Aboriginal groups across the country.

The bilingual presentation will be given by Claude Cousineau, founding member of the Friends of Gatineau Park and canoeist.

This activity is for people age 13 and older. Reservations are required.

Where: Gatineau Park Visitor Centre , 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Québec
When: Saturday, January 23, 2016, 4 pm to 5:30 pm (bilingual)
Cost: Member – Adult (18+), $16; Senior (65+) & Student (13+), $13
Non-Member – Adult (18+), $20; Senior (65+) & Student (13+), $16
Information and Registration: 819-827-2020 | 1-866-456-3016

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

Snowshoe under the Stars is back!

While some folks are enjoying an unseasonably warm December, others are looking forward to January when our Snowshoe under the Stars activity returns.

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photo courtesy of Michel Lemaire

Starting the 8th of January, strap on your snowshoes and join a Friends naturalist to learn how plants and animals face the challenges of winter survival in Gatineau Park.

N.B. as this activity is weather-dependant, some dates may be cancelled in consequence.

Dates and Time: every Friday starting the 8th of Jan until the 11th March 2016, 7pm to 9 pm
Place: Gatineau Park Visitor Centre , 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Québec
Cost: Member – Adult (18+), $16; Senior (65+) & Student (13+), $13, Child (5 to 12), $7; and Family, $34                                                                                                      Non-Member – Adult (18+), $20; Senior (65+) & Student (13+), $16; Child (5 to 12), $7; and Family, $42  
Information and Registration: 819-827-2020 | 1-866-456-3016

Autumnal Work Bee – Thanks to Participants!

Last Sunday, 20 volunteers covered nearly 60 kilometres of trails as part of the Work Bee. The goal was to verify trail conditions in preparation for the upcoming ski season. Under the leadership of Laura Marks from the NCC and France Girard from the Friends of Gatineau Park, volunteers proceeded to remove deadfall on the trails. They also identified larger debris for removal such as large overhanging branches or trees.

Identifying dangerous overhanging trees for removal

photo credit: Stuart Pursey