Request to Adopt a Trail

If you would like to express interest in adopting a trail, then complete the form below, save it and email it to

The role of a trail adopter (TA) is above all to help keep the trails clean and attractive for the Park users. A TA is not expected to “police” the trail, interpret it to the visitors, do major trail maintenance, or provide First Aid services.  Such functions are the domain of Park staff or designated individuals. However, TAs are encouraged to help other trail users to the best of their knowledge and ability, if required.  A TA may share the responsibilities with another person or a group, in consultation with the Adopt-a-Trail volunteer leader.  However, he/she is responsible to ensure that the adopted trail is visited at least every two weeks and that the trail reports are submitted within one day of the visit.

The adoption process is an annual one and usually takes place in April.  Adoptions last from May to the end of October. Please note that a TA must be at least 18 years of age.

Requests for the adoption of a specific trail are handled on a first-come first-served basis by the volunteer leader, giving preference to last year’s participant.

The Friends of Gatineau Park or the volunteer can terminate a trail adoption at any time.


adoption request Form

Name:              ________________________________________

Are you 18 years of age or over: Yes   _____  No  _____

Address:         ________________________________________


Telephone number:          ______________________

Email address:                   ________________________________

Name or number of trail(s) you would like to adopt:  ____________




1.  Choose and adopt a trail among a list provided by the Park and commit to care for that trail from May through October.

2.  Commit to walk “his/her” trail at least every second week, for a minimum of 2 visits per months from May through October.

3.  To the extent possible, visit “his/her” trail during peak use (i.e. weekend).

4.  Perform the following tasks at each visit:

  • Wear his/her Friends’ of the Park vest and name tag identification.
  • Wear appropriate and safe clothing and footwear. Avoid situations that could be hazardous to you (i.e. removing heavy obstacles from the trail).
  •  Greet the trail users. If requested, provide information about the trail, your role, and the role and responsibilities of the Friends of Gatineau Park.
  • Walk and inspect the entire trail and note any problem at the parking lot and the trailhead, the trail and the trail amenities. Look for fallen tree(s) obstructing the trail and other maintenance work that needs to be done (broken planks or handrails on board walk, damaged signs, wet or eroded areas, parking lot issues, etc.).
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, perform minor maintenance by keeping trail free of loose rocks, branches and other obstacles and by cleaning debris from drainage ditches, benches, bridges, stairs and viewing structures.
  • Promote the “Leave No Trace” program by leading by example. Bring gloves and a small garbage bag.  Collect litter and deposit it at the Park’s garbage bin or bring it home for disposal.
  • In the case of an emergency, or the need to report a major maintenance problem, phone the Park Visitor Center at (819) 827-2020 – press (4) for emergency or (3) to report a maintenance issue.
  • Within one day of the trail visit, complete the online Trail Report, even if no problem is encountered.

The Friends of Gatineau Park agree to:

1.  Promote the Adopt-a-Trail Program, solicit and select volunteers to become TAs.

2.  Provide a list of trails that need to be adopted and cared for.

3.  Assign TAs to specific trails.

4.  Provide each TA with a vest for identification.

5.  Provide each TA with the Park emergency and maintenance number.

6.  Provide each TA any pertinent information about his/her trail, and the Park in general.

7.  Acknowledge receipt of every trail report submitted by the TA.

8.  Follow-up on pertinent/critical/emergency information submitted by the TA.

9.  Organize work bees in support of the National Capital Commission’s efforts to maintain the Park.