ACC members use Gatineau Park for many of their activities through the year. We hike and climb in the summer; cross-country ski and snowshoe in the winter.
The National Capital Commission (NCC) has drafted a planning framework that will guide current and future recreational activities in Gatineau Park. The NCC has stated that "managing environmentally respectful recreation is a unique challenge and an important responsibility". On September 15, they launched their consultative process and hosted a public workshop where they outlined recreation trends and their preliminary assessment and presented an initial strategic framework. Eighty members of the public attended and provided their feedback. The NCC collected the responses and ideas that were presented; and they plan to use the input to adjust and modify the plan. The second and last phase of consultation will take place in spring 2010 and will focus on proposals regarding modifications to the Gatineau Park infrastructure and recreational activities.
We remind our members that they have to be diligent and vigilant. We need to be aware of the initiatives the NCC is contemplating and have to be prepared to provide our input (proposals) during their consultation. Otherwise we face the possibility of access limitations – both in terms of locations and activities within the Park.
If you have any questions or comments, please email our Access/Liaison Coordinator.
Climbing Sites in Quebec
In order to provide increased climbing opportunities for our members, the ACC is offering liability insurance protection for Quebec landowners who provide climbing access to our members. As the ACC moves forward to establish legal agreements with landowners who support increased access for climbers in Quebec, we will keep the community informed and respond to any questions climbers may have. In the meantime, thank you for your patience-and good climbing! Read the full statement here.