• Winter Accommodations: Rules and Regulations Laws and Regulations Cancellation policy



• Winter Accommodations: Rules and Regulations Laws and Regulations Cancellation policy
Gatineau Park
Yours to Protect. Yours to Enjoy.
Winter Accommodations: Rules and Regulations
Opening and closing dates for the 2014–2015 winter season • Season begins November 15, 2014 • Season ends April 15, 2015
Laws and Regulations
Cancellation policy
Fees for making or changing reservations are $9.50 and are
• There are no refunds for cancellations.
• There are no refunds for reasons related to weather conditions
or trail conditions.
• Changes to reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to
arrival, and will be accepted subject to availability. The fee for
changing a reservation is $9.50.
It is the responsibility of each visitor to know and comply with the
laws and regulations governing Gatineau Park.
The possession and consumption of alcohol are prohibited in
Gatineau Park. Offenders will be subject to a fine.
Pets are not permitted in ready-to-camp units, at winter campsites
or on the trails leading to them.
• Feeding wild animals is strictly prohibited.
General Information
Fires are not permitted outside ready-to-camp units.
At campsites, fires are permitted in designated areas only.
Ready-to-camp units have outdoor toilets located nearby.
There is no source of drinking water near the ready-to-camp units
or winter campsites. You must provide your own water. However,
arrangements may be made with Services récréatifs Demsis inc. to buy
bottled water (18 litres) and have it delivered to your ready-to-camp
unit or campsite.
Use of the trails, ready-to-camp units and campsites is at your
own risk. Neither the National Capital Commission (NCC) nor
Services récréatifs Demsis inc. (Demsis) can be held responsible
in any way for loss or damage resulting from natural causes
linked to vegetation, wildlife, wind, rain, snow, etc.; or for theft,
vandalism or damage to property or injuries to persons related
to the use of the lands or facilities of the NCC. Visitors must
protect their valuables and should not leave any items of value
in their vehicle.
• During your stay, one member of your group must be responsible
for, and have in his or her possession, the receipt issued upon
payment of the reservation.
The Park’s network of trails is served by several parking lots around
the periphery. The P11 (O’Brien), P16 (Meech Valley), P17 (Wakefield)
and P19 (Philippe Lake Sector) parking lots are the departure points
to the ready-to-camp units and campsites. Your choice of departure
point depends on the distance you wish to travel.
Ski Trails
With one exception, all trails are machine-groomed at least once a week.
Trail 56, which links Taylor Lake to the Richard Lake Yurt, is usually left
in a natural state to give skiers a back-country experience.
Reservation and Cancellation Policy
Trail signage
There must be at least two persons spending the night to reserve
an overnight stay. There must be at least one adult if the group
includes anyone under 18 years of age.
• Anyone who wishes to stay overnight in a ready-to-camp unit or
at a campsite must pay in advance for their stay.
• Visitors accept full responsibility for their own safety during their
stay in the Park, and acknowledge that they are aware of the
information provided in this document, including the section
entitled “Acknowledgement of Risk.”
Trails are identified by signs that indicate the trail number and the
level of difficulty. Destinations and distances are posted at most
trail intersections.
Trail map
The winter trail map may be purchased at the Gatineau Park Visitor
Centre ($5.65 plus tax).
6 km
Not accessible
30 TO 50% OFF
Skiers and snowshoers with a season pass*
Lusk Lake
The Pines
Brown Lake
3.5 km
2 km (from P17)
4 km
3 km
2.5 km (from P17)
Taylor Lake
6 km
5 km
Richard Lake
Not accessible
4.5 km
5.5 km
13 km
Not accessible
4 km
4 km
Philippe Lake (4 sites)
* For those without a season pass, daily passes are $5 per skier, $3 per snowshoer.
Ready-to-Camp Units
Check-in time: 2 pm • Check-out time: 11 am
Electricity, heating and lighting
Other rules and regulations
All ready-to-camp units are equipped with a wood stove for
heating and cooking. You must bring your own candles or
other lighting equipment.
• Please keep the wood stove door closed at all times. Specific
instructions are provided on-site.
• Yurts (except for the one at Richard Lake) and four-season
tents are also equipped with a portable gas stove for cooking,
as well as a refrigerator.
• Brown Lake Cabin has electricity, but no electrical outlets.
Smoking is not permitted in ready-to-camp units.
Any person who contravenes these rules and regulations
will have their lodging permit revoked, be evicted from the
ready-to-camp unit and may also be fined. Revoked permits
will not be reimbursed.
• At all times, users are responsible for ensuring that the
premises and equipment provided are kept clean and tidy.
Ready-to-camp units that are not left in clean condition will
be cleaned at the users’ expense. In addition, users will be
charged for the repair of any damage to NCC property.
Users must pack out all of their garbage. Waste containers
can be found in the parking lots.
Ready-to-camp units are equipped with a few basic kitchen
items, including a kettle, spatula, ladle, stockpot, strainer and
can opener.
• You should bring your own plates and cutlery.
• Beds have foam mattresses, but users must bring their own
sleeping bag and pillow.
Lusk Lake Cabin
The Lusk Lake Cabin serves as a day shelter between 10 am and
4 pm. After 4 pm, this cabin may be used only by people with an
overnight stay permit. This cabin features lockable compartments
under the beds, where you can store your belongings (you must
bring your own lock).
30 TO 50% OFF
Skiers and snowshoers with a season pass*
Individual site
Group site (8 or more)
3 km
3 km
3.5 km
* For those without a season pass, daily passes are $5 per skier, $3 per snowshoer.
Winter Camping
Check-in time: 2 pm • Check-out time: 11 am
Facilities and equipment
Other rules and regulations
Campsites are very basic: there are no buildings that could
be used for shelter at the campsites.
• Campsites have a picnic table and campfire pit. Firewood
is provided, but must be picked up at the location indicated
on the camping map.
Campers must set up their tents on designated tent sites.
It is not permitted to use branches to make shelters or as
bedding material.
Safety on the Trails
Acknowledgement of Risk
You are responsible for your own safety. Trails are patrolled daily.
In case of emergency, it is possible to get help 24 hours a day by calling
613-239-5353. An emergency radio communications system is available
at the Lusk Lake Cabin and the Renaud day shelter, near the Philippe
Lake Cabin. There are a few public telephones in the Philippe Lake
Sector: at the entrance to the Philippe Lake Sector, at the campground
store and at the Breton Beach snack counter.
In winter, cold temperatures increase the potential risk associated
with overnight stays in ready-to-camp units and at winter campsites. By choosing one of these options to stay overnight, you are
acknowledging that you recognize and accept the risks involved.
Although ready-to-camp units offer greater comfort than winter
camping, you must nonetheless take the necessary precautions.
A few examples of risks:
• Frostbite and hypothermia
• Frozen food or water, frozen camp stove, frozen valve on
self-inflating mattress
To get the most out of your stay and to ensure your safety, we suggest
the following.
• Depart for the ready-to-camp unit or campsite in the morning
(or before 1 pm).
• Plan your route according to trail length and level of difficulty,
and your own ability.
• Avoid setting out alone, and tell someone where you are going
and which route you are taking.
• Bring a trail map.
• Stay on officially marked trails.
• Always carry food and water, a whistle, matches in a waterproof
container, a flashlight and warm clothing.
• Carry a first aid kit and an equipment repair kit.
• Respect the Park’s wildlife and learn what to do to avoid
unpleasant encounters.
• Travelling on ice-covered waterways is dangerous and not
permitted anywhere in Gatineau Park.
Before heading out, take the time to test your equipment and familiarize
yourself with the risks and possible problems that could be associated
with colder temperatures.
Recommended Winter Camping Equipment
• Four-season sleeping bag
• Insulated sleeping pad
• Four-season tent
• Camp stove for boiling water
• Sufficient quantity of matches in a waterproof container
• Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries kept close to your body
• Clothing made of synthetic fabric or wool; avoid cotton
• First aid kit and survival blanket (strongly recommended)
Also, be sure to bring extra food and water.
Emergency Shelter
The Renaud Shelter is heated and has an emergency radio. This shelter
can help get you through the night in case of an emergency.
Please note that there is no staff person at the entrance
to the Philippe Lake Sector.
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road
Chelsea, Quebec
819-827-2020 • 1-866-456-3016
24-hour emergency line
November 2 to April 30
Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm
[email protected]

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