May 16, 2013 in biking, gatineau park, news
Good news everyone! Sunday bike days in the capital are back! Starting this Sunday, May 19th, the Rockcliffe Parkway, Colonel By Drive and the Sir John A Macdonald parkways will be closed to motor traffic from 9am-1pm every Sunday morning until Labour day.
There are also 27kms of roadway in Gatineau Park being closed to motor vehicles from 6am-11am, for those who enjoy the challenge of the hills!
check out the NCC’s Parks,Paths and Parkways site, for more info
May 15, 2013 in biking, gatineau park, hiking, mountain biking, news
For those of you looking for a nice drive through the Gatineau Park, good news! As of Friday May 10th, the pathways and parking lots are now open to motor vehicles, all the way to the Champlain lookout.
Great news for drivers, however, many of the trails are still obstructed by fallen trees and branches. Wolf trail and Caryers trail are still closed. So trail runners, hikers and mountain bikers be weary, the NCC advises that users of the trails remain cautious until the clean up is complete.
January 16, 2012 in biking, camping, gatineau park, hiking, mountain biking, nature, news, paddling, rock climbing, ski, xc skiing
The National Capital Commission (NCC) seeks the public’s input in the elaboration of three plans for Gatineau Park. As of today, the NCC has posted on its website documents supporting a public consultation on outdoor recreational activities in Gatineau Park, issues and proposed solutions to improve travel to and within the Park and on the management of Gatineau Park’s cultural resources.
- Gatineau Park Outdoor Recreation Plan– The NCC is seeking opinions on the priority for the implementation of proposed strategies for outdoor recreational activities in Gatineau Park, while respecting ecosystem conservation objectives.A workshop on this plan will be held from 9:30 am to 12 pm, on Saturday, January 28 at the Best Western Hotel, 131 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC. Participants are asked to confirm their attendance in advance, before January 25, 2012, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The public can also complete an online questionnaire before February 19, 2012.
[A quick note: you can check out a very long PowerPoint presentation of the Gatineau Park Outdoor Recreation Plan here]
- Gatineau Park Sustainable Transportation Plan– The NCC wants opinions from the public on priority issues and proposed solutions to improve transit to and within the Park, again in the context of ecosystem conservation objectives.A workshop on this plan will be held from 1:30 pm to 4 pm, on Saturday, January 28 at the Best Western Hotel, 131 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC. Participants are asked to confirm their attendance in advance, before January 25, 2012, at email@example.com. The public can also complete an online questionnaire before February 19, 2012.
- Gatineau Park Cultural Heritage Plan – Consultation on the Gatineau Park Cultural Heritage Plan is solely online, on the NCC’s website. The NCC wants to know the public’s interest in Gatineau Park’s cultural resources. Participants are asked to complete an online questionnaire before February 19, 2012.
A conservation park of 361 square kilometres, Gatineau Park is 15 minutes from Parliament Hill and in the heart of the Capital. The Park is a prime destination for visitors and residents alike. According to recent research, it is estimated that Gatineau Park receives over 2.7 million visits each year.
For more information on these public consultations, the public may contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 613-239-5090 (TTY), 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY), or visit the NCC’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca.
December 3, 2011 in biking, news
The Spokesman has posted about some small progress in the push to get a foot and cycle bridge built over the Rideau River between Sandy Hill and Overbrook.
On Wednesday the City’s Transportation Committee will vote on whether to go with City staff’s recommendation to approve the environmental assessment for the new bridge. If approved, the City has money set aside in the 2012 budget for design, but no word on when the bridge might be built, nor any estimate on the actual cost.
The City looked at several different locations for the new crossing, and have ultimately settled on a bridge between Donald Street in Overbrook to Somerset East in Sandy Hill. As The Spokesman points out in his piece, its a bit of a shame that doesn’t hook up with a would-be Somerset segregated bike lane. Nonetheless, it makes for a pretty straight line from Overbrook through U of O and across the downtown core.
You can view the full recommendation here.