Discussion on Responsible Trail Management in Gatineau Park

Discussion on Responsible Trail Management in Gatineau Park
Discussion on Responsible Trail Management in Gatineau Park

On Monday, June 16, 2014, at Camp Fortune, the National Capital Commission (NCC) held a workshop with Gatineau Park stakeholders and interest groups on the planning and responsible management of trails in the Park.

This workshop was the first of a series of meetings to review Gatineau Park’s trail network, discuss the use of unofficial trails in the Park and their negative environmental impacts. The NCC wishes to work collaboratively with Park user groups, such as walkers/hikers, mountain bikers and local residents, to share information and find solutions to reduce the environmental impact of using unofficial trails. The outcome from these consultations will also serve for the review of the Gatineau Park Master Plan (2005), due to begin in 2015.

Highlights from the June 16, 2014, public consultation:

  • Overall, participants agreed with the consultation approach and with its objective of managing trails responsibly.
  • Some suggested increasing the number of mountain bike trails, providing more loop trails and paths that offer a greater challenge.
  • Some trails shared by hikers and mountain bikers are problematic.
  • The direct involvement of user groups for trail management is suggested by several participants.

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