NCC renews call to stay off closed trails

A day after four people were rescued from Gatineau Park, the NCC is re-issuing its call for outdoor enthusiasts to stay off closed trails.

Two storms have overloaded tree branches and downed many trees, leaving park users at risk.

“For your own safety, please check the web site and stay on the recommended trails, respect the signage put in place and stay clear of working crews to avoid hampering the clearing efforts,” reads a press release.

Four stranded snowshoers were rescued Friday morning after veering off a day prior; they spent the night shivering.

Patrollers, conservation officers and emergency rescue teams have little or no access to trails that aren’t open.

Here’s an update on specific trails:

SKI – 54% of the ski trails are mechanically groomed and recommended. Trail no. 1, a very important trail for the network, between Kingsmere (parking lot P7) and the Champlain Lookout, is reopened.

SNOWSHOE – Seven snowshoe trails are recommended. Trail no. 70 by parking lot P15, Cross Loop Road and Trail no. 74 in the Lac Philippe area have just been reopened. Trails 64,65 & 66 by the Relais plein-air in Gatineau (Hull) and Trails 60 and 61 by the Visitor Centre in Chelsea, are open.

HIKING – The Sugarbush Trails by the Visitor Centre in Chelsea, and the Pioneers Trail by the park south entrance in Gatineau (Hull) near Gamelin Street are recommended.

For up-to-date and accurate information on the trails check the “ski conditions” pages at gatineaupark.gc.ca, or phone 819-827-2020.

http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/12/29/ncc-re-news-call-to-stay-off-closed-trails

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