for people who love Gatineau Park Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:13:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Future of Skiing in a Warming World Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:13:33 +0000 Charles Hodgson Join Olympians Sara Renner, Patrick Biggs & other experts for a discussion on today’s challenges and the future of snow sports.

February 5 at The Canada Aviation and Space Museum [NOTE NEW LOCATION]  – free admission

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Gatineau Valley Historical Society 50th Mon, 28 May 2012 22:00:25 +0000 Charles Hodgson Continue reading ]]> Tonight the GVHS is celebrating 50 years of existence with a party at Camp Fortune. I was invited to give a short presentation on the history of Camp Fortune but found myself with a scheduling conflict so prepared this short video which the GVHS is planning to screen.

Once again I apologize for my lack of frequent postings at GuideGatineau and point you to some of the other work I’m doing. This should be of particular interest to Ottawa residents because it relates to what your city council is doing (or not doing).

At this time some city councillors are trying to suppress information on how the city is missing it’s targets for greenhouse gas reduction, and worse want no part in planning how to do better in future.

If you live in Ottawa please tell the mayor and your city councillor to include two things in the next round of buget planning: (a) an over-arching climate change action plan; and (b) five short term initiatives identified by city staff as having the largest greenhouse gas emission reduction impacts.

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Saving Mort’s Cairn Mon, 28 May 2012 16:54:29 +0000 Charles Hodgson Continue reading ]]> I got word that Mort’s Cairn is suffering damage as young people enjoying Camp Fortune’s aerial park have been also using the cairn as a climbing structure.

You’ll remember that this monument was dedicated in 1950 to Charles Mortureux, the president of the Ottawa Ski Club for much of the first half of last century, and the man who founded Camp Fortune and turned the Gatineau Hills into a ski mecca for cross-country and downhill enthusiasts alike. Mort’s influence was not unsubstantial in the very formation of Gatineau Park.

My last intervention on this issue was a year ago when I’d been told that the NCC had sought a quote for refurbishment of the monument but evidently that work has yet to proceed. We need to urge the NCC to undertake the restoration.

I have asked that tonight’s GVHS 50th anniversary celebration include a plea to the 100+ attendees to contact the NCC to encourage them to protect this bit of history and I hope you’ll drop the NCC a line as well.

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Parkways to Open to Cars May 4 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:45:25 +0000 Charles Hodgson NCC update tells us that Gatineau Park parkways open to traffic at noon on Friday May 4th.

Get your cycling in while you can.

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Loop and Looped Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:29:21 +0000 Charles Hodgson Continue reading ]]> Jo-Ann posted how the north loop parkway was fully cyclable by Sunday, only six days after her last photo of skiing that same section.

For a couple of years now I have meticulously documented the increasing length of available cycling parkway but this year things happened so fast, and I’ve been so involved in other things, that I missed the entire sequence. This post is a chance to catch up on a few other things I missed as well as note those “other things.”

First to those news items:

  • Michael McGoldrick tells us that Gatineau Park season ski pass sales might have dropped 10% last winter.
  • A corespondent wondered if this story (flowers that need some passing feet to thrive) was at odds with the NCC’s moves to restrict unofficial hiking trails.
  • Activities at Philippe Lake Campground for Summer 2012 have been posted.
  • Another corespondent reports that the NCC has gone through an environmental assessment process to move a dock at the PM’s place on Lac Mousseau.

Followers of this blog will know that I’ve taken an active interest in local climate change issues. Seems to me these relate to both the rapidity with which the cycling season came on, and perhaps the drop in ski pass sales. That active interest has become very active and is drawing me away from posting here about Gatineau Park.

So apologies for the long spaces between posts.

But I’d also welcome material from others to help keep the news flowing so if you’ve got something you’d like to post here please submit it with as little editing as possible in mind (remembering my terms of use which require polite, constructive engagement).

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Ski Season Over Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:50:11 +0000 Charles Hodgson Continue reading ]]> NCC press release:

End of Cross-Country Ski Season in Gatineau Park

Canada’s Capital Region — The 2011-12 cross-country ski season on the trails at Gatineau Park officially ends today, Friday, March 23.

This year, over 5500 cross-country skiers bought season passes for the season that opened on December 27, 2011. The National Capital Commission (NCC) looks forward to welcoming back all skiers on the trails next season.

At 88 days, this season was a little shorter than the average of the last few years. However, there was no closure or interruption during that period. Moreover, between December 27, 2011 and March 20, 2012 except for three days, the entire network of trails enjoyed the “recommended” rating.

The NCC wishes to thank everyone who contributed to this success including the Service récréatifs Demsis team, the volunteer patrol team and the participants to the Park Dialogue Winter Trails Workshop. Thanks also go out to everyone who organized special events in Gatineau Park during the winter season, including the Gatineau Loppet.

Maintenance work and spring cleaning operations on the parkway network in Gatineau Park will proceed over the coming weeks. The parkways are scheduled to open to motor vehicle traffic Friday, May 4 at noon.

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New Cité-des-Jeunes Pathway Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:39:48 +0000 Charles Hodgson NCC and Ville de Gatineau are starting work on a new bike path (actually “recreational pathway”) along a short distance of the east side of Gatineau Park. Here’s the announcement.

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NCC Looking for New Board Members Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:35:09 +0000 Charles Hodgson The NCC has posted openings for new members of their Board of Directors.

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P15 Closed Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:32:27 +0000 Charles Hodgson On Saturday the NCC posted that the Cross Loop Road was closed due to flooding, and thus so was P15. I don’t see them having changed the notice so I don’t know if this is still the case.

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Yours to Protect? Fri, 09 Mar 2012 14:19:29 +0000 Charles Hodgson Continue reading ]]> Report in the Citizen that a “recognized” federal heritage building in Gatineau park is now at a critical juncture. The question, to renovate and try to find a use for it, or to knock it down and re-naturalize the grounds.

The house is small but architecturally interesting and evidently hosted some historical luminaries. A study recommending what should be done is due out in the next few weeks.

I’m not in any position to weigh the arguments this way or that, but I do know that JR Booth’s house at Kingsmere is gone gone gone; now a patch of trees. The NCC did try mightily to find a use for it but in the end knocked it down. I don’t know that we are any better for it being gone and as a piece of history we are poorer. I’m sure the NCC don’t want to obliterate swaths of history, they just don’t have the resources (or don’t allocate the resources) to pay for maintaining history on our behalf. Would people would squawk if money was diverted from trail grooming or Canada Day? I guess people squawk whatever decisions are made; so squawk for the things that matter to you.

As for me, squawk, squawk!

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