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Historical Walks The Gatineau Park

For history buffs, nature lovers, bird watchers, and hiking enthusiasts, Katharine Fletcher’s Historical Walks continues to be the unique guide to the human and natural history of Gatineau Park. Fully illustrated with maps, archival and contemporary photographs, the book is a one-stop reference and handbook to the 363-square kilometer park situated on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River, just 20 minutes north of Parliament Hill by car. In Part I, the author tells the story of the pioneers and settlers who originally homesteaded here, and explains how the park came into being. Part II, invites the reader to explore a range of ecological zones including the micro-climate of the Eardley Escarpment, the tranquility of beaver ponds, and sylvan meadows. Here, Katharine also offers numerous tips on bird and wildlife viewing throughout the park. The last part of the guide features 24 summer hiking trails. (Although primarily a summer hiking guide, Katharine indicates shared bike paths throughout the park, and describes winter trail usage for winter hikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers.). Visit

Historical Walks, The Gatineau Park Story by Katharine Fletcher C$19.95; 192 pages, Fitzhenry & Whiteside: 3rd Edition, 2004

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