Category Archives: Uncategorized

Spring is here! So is our spring programming!

Keep your eyes out for our next amazing events!

Gatineau Park Winter Festival!

Great job by our volunteers last weekend who participated to the Winter Festival for new canadians organised by the NCC.

Picture: Sarah Crowe (left) et Sandra Moore (right)

Orienteering with Map and Compass Workshop in Gatineau Park

Finding your way with a map and compass is an important skill to master for Map and compass workshop 2anyone who participates in outdoor recreation activities. Come and learn the theory and practical applications of orienteering with a map and compass.

This workshop is organized by the Friends of Gatineau Park in partnership with Sauvetage Bénévole Outaouais – Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue and is comprised of two sessions.

Session 1 (Indoor)
Through presentations and hands on exercises, you will have the opportunity to learn the following:

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

Session 2 (Outdoor)
This session will take place near the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre where you will carry out a series of exercises covering these concepts and techniques:

  • Functioning and characteristics of a compass
  • Determining a bearing
  • Travelling on a bearing
  • Detouring around obstacles

Map and compass workshop 1Dress 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.


Session 1 (Indoor):
Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:30 am to 12 (in French)
1:30 pm to 4 (in English)

Session 2 (Outdoor):
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:30 am to 12 (in French)
1:30 pm to 4 (in English)

Cost per session

Members of the Friends of Gatineau Park
Adults: $16
Students (13 and over): $13
Seniors (65 and over): $13

Non members
Adults: $20
Students (13 and over): $16
Seniors (65 and over): $16

Funds raised support the activities of the Friends of Gatineau Park.

Gatineau Park Visitor Centre 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Québec

Information and Reservations
819-827-2020 or toll free at 1-866-456-3016

The Friends at Rideau Hall

Come and see us this Saturday at Rideau Hall for the 2017 Winter Celebrations

you can go to for all the details.

President’s address

Dear Friends of Gatineau Park,

It is an honour and a privilege to serve as your new President. I want to thank the Board for their support and encouragement. I would also like to thank, outgoing President Graeme Roderick, for his many years of service and dedication. He leaves big shoes to fill. I am looking forward to working with Graeme in his new capacity as Vice-President.

A little about myself. I am born and bread in Ottawa valley from a bilingual family. I am a runner and cross country skier. I spend a lot of time in the Park including as an NCC volunteer patroller in the Autumn and Winter. I have been your Treasurer since November 2013. I joined the Friends of Gatineau Park after going on the Animals Tracks program, which was a great first experience to our outreach and education activities.

The Friends of Gatineau Park as an organization is at a very exciting time in our development. We have a new Board, made up of very enthusiastic and committed volunteers. We have had the benefit of many previous successful Boards, which have given us a sound foundation on which to build.

I would like to introduce you to your new Board:
Diane Schreiner is our new Treasurer. She comes to the position after serving a year on the Board, her passions are citizen science and park interpretation.
Chris Paci is now in his third year as Secretary. He is a keen cyclist, Nordic skier, runner, and ecologist.
Marie-Claire LeMay, former VP, has taken leadership roles in the Friends including coordinator and interpreter.
Anouchka Soto, is the Board liaison for the Programming committee and is active on the Finance Committee.
Francis Beauchamp, Chair of Communications Committee, is a father and park enthusiast and is leading the redesigned website and work to rebrand and refresh our logo.
Nat Peters has been on the Board since 2015, she was past Chair of Communications.
We welcome two new Board members this year, Gabriel Guillet and Sandra Moore who we look forward to working with.
NCC liaison to the Board is Francois Leduc. Francois replaced Louis-Rene Sénéchal last year. Francois brings a wealth of experience with the NCC and Gatineau Park. His guidance and support is invaluable part of the work of our work.

While not a board member, the work of the Friends would not be possible without the dedication, energy and professionalism of Marie-Michèle Dallaire, Marie-Michèle has been an interpreter, past Board member, and is key coordinator.

The work of the Friends is also made possible because of the service of Gershon Rother, who has been the Chair of Program Committee for a number of years. His work on education and outreach with the committee ensures new and improved programs every season. Lastly, Mario Simard, Volunteer Coordinator, past Board member, ensures our programs have sufficient volunteers to support them.

I look forward to the year ahead. We want to hear from you! We invite you to give us your feedback, and let us know what you would like to see from your Board. How would you like to be engaged and involved as a member of the Friends?

Yours truly,
Sarah Crowe, President Friends of Gatineau Park


Snowshoe Under the Stars

Take an evening snowshoe with a Friends of Gatineau Park naturalist, and learn
how plants and animals face the many challenges of winter survival. This interpretative activity will cover approximately 3 km.

Bring your own snowshoes — or rent ours for $5. Children’s snowshoes are free.

Hot chocolate will be served.

This Friends of Gatineau Park activity is for people age 8 and older. Reservations are required.Chemin-05w

Fridays, January 6 to March 10, 2017
7 pm to 9 pm

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

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

Adult: $20
Student / Senior (65 and over): $16
Family: $42

Child (Age 8 to 12): $7

Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec

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


Survival in the Outdoors Workshop

Survival in the Outdoors Workshop

*Change in date below

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.

img_2860Topics covered:

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friends of the Gatineau Park present at PSPC Charity Fair

October 25th and 26th was the Charity Fair organized by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). The Friends of Gatineau Park were well represented on the 26th by our very own coordinator Marie-Michèle Dallaire.


If your company’s charity campaign is still on and you haven’t yet decided who you should donate to, the Friends of Gatineau Park is a registered charity. Click here for more details.

Volunteer Enrichment Session

Friends of Gatineau Park
Volunteer Enrichment Session
image002 image004




When: 9am – 12pm on Sunday, November 20
Where: Gatineau Park Visitor Centre in Old Chelsea
Who: all members and volunteers of the Friends of Gatineau Park
Cost: free for members and volunteers
Language: this will be a “mixed bilingual program”

The Friends of Gatineau Park depends on volunteers in order to be able to deliver the wide range of educational programs that we presently offer. Volunteers serve in a number of capacities: helping organize programs, at registration, accompanying participants on outings, assisting the interpreter/leader, helping with logistics and even acting as program leaders on occasion.

In order to encourage more of our members to become volunteers, and to enrich the experience of those who already are, we are planning a half day workshop covering a range of topics relevant to those assisting with Friends of Gatineau park programs and activities. We are hoping this will make people more comfortable with taking on volunteer roles, make the experience more rewarding and also to facilitate volunteers interacting with each other and sharing experiences.


  • introducing the Friends of Gatineau Park and its programs
  • the role of the volunteer
  • visitor experience: expectations, experience cycle, recreation and learning
  • interpretation basics: what is interpretation and how it helps build appreciation for the Park
  • administrative things: greeting, receipts, last minute cash payments, signing liability waivers and photo release forms
  • hosting an activity
  • the “sweeper” function on an outing
  • assisting the leader: encouraging participants to try activity if hesitant, serving hot chocolate and snacks, helping size snowshoes, setting up AV presentations in the Lynx Room
  • dealing with difficult people
  • operating the AV equipment and setting up in the Lynx Room
  • what if’s: who does what in case of difficulty or emergency, how to use the Park radio system, cell phone coverage issues, first aid kits
  • NCC regulations and resource protection – role of volunteers
  • who does what in the Park: NCC, Demsis, police
  • ending a program and thanking participants, “come again” message

The Alexander Family and Meach Lake House

One of our member, Michel Lemaire, is having a presentation on October 24th at the Chelsea Library. Free admission. See the details below!