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


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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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
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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!


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

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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

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

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


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): $13
Family: 34$

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

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