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Workplace Charitable Campaign

Dear members and volunteers,

September usually marks the beginning of workplace charitable campaigns.

This represents a great opportunity for the Friends of Gatineau Park to raise funds to support our activities.

So we need your help to encourage your network of family, friends and colleagues to consider donating to the Friends through their workplace charitable campaigns.

If each one of us gets one donation this way, it would go a long way in helping us to continue to provide great programming to Gatineau Park visitors.

Please consider sending them the following message, adding your own touch as you see fit.

Thank you for your support.

Graeme Roderick
President

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image010Dear XXXX,

I have been a member of / volunteer with the Friends of Gatineau Park for the last XX years.

Throughout the years, the Friends have offered memorable programs for visitors to the Park, including the Dusk Series, Snowshoe under the Stars, wilderness skills workshops, speakers’ series, Heritage Day, research forum, etc.

These programs aim at helping participants both discover and protect this wonderful Park we all care for.

As a charitable organization, we need support from individuals like you to be able to continue to provide and expand these programs and reach more park visitors and users.

As part of this year’s workplace charitable campaign, please consider donating to the Friends of Gatineau Park (Charitable Organization # : 87854 3123 RR001 )

Your donation helps protect the Park for its heritage and the enjoyment of all.

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12th Annual Research Forum in Gatineau Park

The Friends of Gatineau Park and the National Capital Commission (NCC) invite the public to the 12th Annual Research Forum on Saturday, November 19. Participants are welcome to attend free presentations about the fascinating research being conducted in the Park, and chat with the experts.

Research undertaken in Gatineau Park helps Park management in their short- and long-term planning aimed at safeguarding natural and historical assets, while offering a number of recreational activities. It is also the basis for interpretation and education programs presented in collaboration with the Friends of Gatineau Park.

Presentations will be in either English or French, followed by a bilingual question period. A detailed program will be published on the Friends of Gatineau Park website.

Date and Time
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 11 am to 3 pm
Light lunch and discussion with researchers at 12:30 pm

Cost
Admission is free, but participants are encouraged to make a donation to support research in the Park.

Location
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec

Reservations and Information
Space is limited. Reservations are recommended.
819-827-2020 | 1-866-456-3016 (Toll-free)

Brown Lake History Hike

Sat Oct 15

10am to 1pm

P17

Rain or shine, however in case of very severe weather the activity will take place on Oct 16.

Wear hiking shoes/boots and fall weather clothing, and bring a light lunch.

Until the creation of Gatineau Park, much of the area around Brown and Carman Lakes was still agricultural land, much as it had been since early colonization days. With the coming of the Park, lands were purchased, farms abandoned and reforested, and people moved away.

This  hike will introduce two families of farmers who were amongst the last to leave the area that was to become Gatineau Park – the Trowses and the Browns, both of whose descendants still live in the Gatineau Valley.

Enjoy the fall weather, learn to see the evidence of previous farming on the landscape, and find out about farming life in the 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Cost per hike?
Member of the Friends of Gatineau Park (including Wakefield club member)
Adult: $16
Student (13 and over) / Senior (65 and over): $13
Family: 34$

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

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

Join us for the AGM on Saturday, October 22 1:30PM

The Friends of Gatineau Park are happy to invite members and the general public to attend its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

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When
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 1:30PM

Where
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre – Lynx Room, 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Québec

2015 Agenda

Should you be interested in joining the Board of Directors or one of the committees of our organization, or should you require more information about what such a commitment entails, please contact Graeme Roderick (ottawaroderick@sympatico.ca).

Ridge Road Hikes

Ridge Road Hikes

Many users of Gatineau Park are familiar with Ridge Road, or Trail #1, as one of the Park’s most popular trails for hiking, skiing and mountain biking. It also has another story, as one of the early colonization roads by which Irish settlers in the 1800‘s moved to small farms on the highlands of what was to become Gatineau Park.

Join us for a bilingual guided hike to explore the human history and natural features of Ridge Road. Learn to recognize signs of former farms, understand the processes by which nature reverts following human disturbances, and find out about some of the early settlers who gave names to places in the Park and the origins of Cross country skiing in the Park.

These bilingual, intermediate-level hikes will cover approximately 10 km on hilly terrain.

Please wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes, and bring water and a lunch.

These activities are for persons aged 13 and older. Reservations are required. The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

When?
Ridge Road Hike – Keogan Shelter to Western Shelter and areas
September 24, 2016 (bilingual)
10am to 2pm
Meeting Point at the Keogan Shelter parking lot.

Ridge Road Hike – P7 to Keogan Shelter
October 1, 2016 (bilingual)
10am to 2pm
Meeting point at parking lot 7.

Cost per hike?
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): $16
Family: 42$

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

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Junior Naturalist

Junior Naturalist

Accompanied by an experienced nature interpreter, come have fun discovering the natural treasures that are hidden in framboise_2014Gatineau Park. Equipped with a backpack, observation tools and information sheets, you will learn more about the plants and animals of the Park and the relations between them.

This workshop is offered to children between 6 and 11 years.

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

When?
Sunday, September 18 (in English)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday, September 17 (in French)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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

Cost?
Children (6 to 11 years old): 12 $

Reservations and Information
819-827-2020 ou 1-866-456-3016 (sans frais)

Hiking Workshop in Gatineau Park

How to choose a destination and plan successful forest outings? How to prepare for longer hikes, here and elsewhere? How to choose the right equipment? And what about map reading, safety and outdoor ethics?

Take part in this workshop by the Friends of Gatineau Park, offered Saturday, bottes de marche istockSeptember 17 (in French) and Sunday, September 18 (in English).

The workshop includes a one-hour presentation and a two-hour hike. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes, and bring water and a snack.

This activity is for persons aged 13 and older. Reservations are required. The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

When?
Saturday, September 17, 2016 (in French)
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sunday, September 18, 2015 (in English)
9:30 am to 12:30 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): $16
Family: 42$

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

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

Parks Day Activities!

Tomorrow is the day! Here’s a list of some of the activities available from 10AM to 3PM at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre at 33 Scott Rd., Chelsea, QC :
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10:00AM – 11:30AM Special Circle Dance : The Joy of Nature

What is the circle dancing? Circle dancing is the oldest form of community dance.

These dances are accessible to all and include traditional folk dances and contemporary dances to the sound of all kinds of music: world fusion, classical, traditional, modern, fun and meditative.
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Each dance is explained and practiced before it is danced. No dance experience is necessary.

The explanations will be bilingual, French and English.

What to bring: a water bottle, a hat, bug spray , sunscreen

11:30AM to 1:30PM Wilderness skills
1PM to 2PM Tree observation hike

With Jean Lauriault, Canadian Museum of Nature Associate

2PM to 3PM Yoga

Come and assist to an outdoor yoga class with your yoga instructor, Chantal Ouellette
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Bring your yoga mat!

LA JOURNÉE DES PARCS / PARKS DAY


LA JOURNÉE DES PARCS / PARKS DAY

WHAT?
On Saturday July 16, join us as we celebrate Canada’s Parks Day at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre. At this special event, visitors will have an opportunity to discover multiple ways to enjoy and protect Gatineau Park.

  • Come and meet cultural, outdoors and wildlife observation organizations who practice their activities in the Park.
  • Learn about the educational programs offered by the Friends of Gatineau Park.
  • Learn how you can support the Park and its conservation mandate.

Canada’s Parks Day is an annual event organized by the Canadian Parks Council. At Gatineau Park, the event is coordinated by the Friends of Gatineau Park

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WHEN?
Saturday, July 16, 2016
From 10 am to 3 pm

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

HOW MUCH?
It’s free!

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WHERE?
Outside the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Old Chelsea

Source: Accent Nature

Source: Accent Nature

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge (GCGC)

This year, The Friends of Gatineau Park is participating in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge (GCGC) http://givingchallenge.ca/.

image003The GCGC is a national public contest which runs from June 1 to June 30, 2016. Every dollar donated to the Friends of Gatineau Park in June, through CanadaHelps, is an automatic entry for the Friends to win a $10,000 donation.

image005We need your help for the Friends to have a chance to win the contest! You can make a donation yourself and/or encourage your network of family, friends and colleagues to consider donating to the Friends. The following link provides an easy way to do so https://www.canadahelps.org/gcgc/56079.image006

The more donations, the better chances we have of winning the $10,000 donation.  This would go a long way in helping us to continue to provide great programming in Gatineau Park and to support research and conservation activities.

A sincere thanks for your support.