Spring Melt

Oh the horror!

The NCC though is putting a brave face on things and promoting spring skiing until there is no snow or until April 15th, whichever comes first.

CPAWS Moonlight Snowshoe Challenge

On March 24th, CPAWS Ottawa Valley is having it’s annual Moonlight Snowshoe Challenge in Gatineau Park (at Meech Creek Valley).

Participants are asked to raise at least $100 through sponsorship for the event, and all of the money raised will go Continue reading

Summer Job Posting

NCC taking applications for a Junior Conservation Patroller, Gatineau Park (Philippe Lake and Pink Lake). Deadline, March 18

Ken’s Happy Faces in the Teeth of the Storm

The Kenmore blog has lots of joy (on benches, on trees, on skis many km) from Ken’s stormy outing, including an evocative image of snow screaming across Skyline.

Skied those near-antenna trails myself after the snow had stopped, the wind still howling. Yes Ken, signs of snowmobiles had been obliterated. Continue reading

Rounding Off the Roundtable

Another Winter Trails Roundtable meeting was held on Tuesday. I unfortunately was unable to attend but I’ve closely scrutinized Harold Blount‘s minutes from the meeting so here are the highlights.

The biggest reason that these roundtables were started was related to grooming of ski trails. Those attending recently who’d been most concerned about this issue Continue reading

Nobel Winner Notes Threat to Skiing in Gatineau Park

This week sustainability plans developed jointly by the NCC and the cities of Gatineau and Ottawa were accepted by Ottawa City Council. Because the mood at City Hall seems to belittle the plans’ importance, heavyweight supporters waited more than four hours to speak in support.

Among them Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. John Stone, who made a point of saying that activities that we love, like skiing in Gatineau Park and skating on the canal are under threat.

For more info and what you can do, including Dr. Stone’s remarks click here.

Mystery Meeting

Update – Not too interesting to Gatineau Parkers. Here’s what the agenda says “Realignment of Leitrim Road at Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Leitrim by National Defence.”

The NCC have invited us to a Board of Directors meeting via webconference on Feb 22. It’s only scheduled to last 15 minutes so one wonders what it’s about. Continue reading

Three Hurried Notes

(1) I see a piece on Outdoor Ottawa reporting that Transport Quebec intends to remove the camp set up to protest the extension of Highway 5.

(2) Nicole posted a review of her ski out of P10.

(3) Friends of Gatineau Park posted a report on their annual strategy meeting.

Ecological Corridor – Maybe Not So Much

It’s reported by the blog Action Pontiac that efforts by the NCC to augment the naturally protected status of Gatineau Park by encouraging surrounding municipalities to add their own protection to certain lands is meeting with resistance.

According to the report the Municipal Council for Pontiac unanimously rejected the idea saying “these corridors will discourage development of the municipality”, and is against anything that “will be a brake on development.”

Tortoise Nicole out of P6

The Momma of Max has posted again; this time on the pleasantness of skiing out of the parking lot at the Mackenzie King Estate. The tortoise reference is to her self described slow pace which allowed her to rack up the kms enough to feel ready to tackle the upcoming loppet.