The NCC announced again that tomorrow is the last day for cars on the parkway system in Gatineau Park.
Every year on the fourth Sunday of October the Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune Lake parkways close to motorized vehicles, and the preparation begins for the winter ski season. Even though there’s no snow yet, most of the major Gatineau Park roads are converted into cross country ski trails in the winter.
Yep – after being free forever, the NCC has decided to institute a user fee for trekkers on the official snowshoeing trail system in Gatineau Park. So, beginning December 16th, that stroll through the forest will run you $7/day if you’re a grown-up ($5 for youth, students and seniors) or $50 for the season.
I’ll be honest, my initial reaction to this news was comparable to my reaction to ATM charges… “uh, what exactly am I paying for here? You want to charge me to trudge in the cold, waist-deep snow through the woods in the middle of winter?”
Asian Ladybug, with a prominent “M” behind it’s head
I was sure I had seen a strange ladybug when I was up at Lac La Peche last weekend, but my fellow campers poo-pooed my amateur entomology and my enthusiasm. When I mentioned the biting Asian ladybug I’d been hearing about all week to Erica, thinking I had redeemed my keen observations from the campsite, she shot back with “oh yeah, they’ve been around for years now.”
I found that strange since I don’t remember hearing anything about it, so I set about to do a little more research, just to ensure the record was straight.