Gatineau Park Starts To Reopen

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This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

Gatineau Park will partially reopen Saturday April 21, 2018. The Park closed on April 16, 2018, due to the damages caused by the freezing rain. The National Capital Commission (NCC) is pleased to announce the partial reopening below.

Cleanup: Teams have been hard at work inspecting and clearing the trails. Additional resources have been deployed to aid in this effort. Large branches and trees have been removed but considerable debris remains on the ground. Fortunately no facilities (shelters, ready-to-camp units, sanitary blocks or other buildings) have been damaged. The NCC will soon be calling on volunteers to help bring the trails back to optimal conditions.

We advise visitors to proceed with caution as there will be work crews in place, as well as debris remaining on the trails.

We ask that for your safety and for the protection of the Park, you respect all signage and closures in place.

What’s Open or Closed

·         Open: All parking lots giving access to the main trails, except two:

o   Closed: P13 at Meech Lake (note that Wolf Trail remains closed)

o   Closed: The parking lot and trail for the Luskville Falls;

·         Open:

o   Lauriault Trail;

o   Sugarbush Trail;

o   Capital Trail;

o   Pioneers Trail.

·         Closed: All backcountry trails (including snowshoe and snow bike trails);

·         Closed: Rock climbing sites.

Biking: Cycling (road, mountain and snow biking) is now possible on the parkways and paved trails only. Proceed with caution as there remains considerable ice, snow and debris.

Winter Season: The winter season, including ski, snowshoe and snow bike, reached its official end on April 14th (the season was from December 16th to April 14thand comprised a total of 113 skiing days). While skiing is still possible for a few days, note that patrollers are no longer in place. Be careful!

Parkways: The reopening of Gatineau Park’s parkways to motorists, scheduled for May 4th, has been postponed.

 

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