Canada's National Capital Commission (NCC) has just released a new Draft Master Plan
for Gatineau Park (just outside of Ottawa). The park covers 361 square km of world class terrain and is one of the main reasons why Ottawa has such a strong Orienteering Club.
Unfortunately, as part of this new plan orienteering would be banned in 98% of the park and preventing us from using a half dozen maps, many of which have cost us up to ten thousand dollars in recent years.
Orienteering Ottawa has been trying to work with Gatineau Park but
You can find more about Orienteering Ottawa but the NCC hasn't been willing to negotiate. Now they're asking for public comments on the draft plan.
It would help us if you could share comments here
if you've had any experience Orienteering in Gatineau Park or the Ottawa area.
For more details on the impacts to orienteering and what our club’s response has been so far, please see the website we created: SaveOrienteering.org
. Please feel free to share the link to your contacts and on social media.
You may wish to use our Gatineau Park Master Plan Committee's wording in your comments. Here is Orienteering Ottawa's standpoint:
- We have a 50-year history of successful events in the Park with the full cooperation of NCC staff.
- Orienteering is a leader in organizing activities in the Park in a responsible way.
- Orienteering is a no-trace sport.
- Orienteers do not create, nor want new trails.
- We are asking to be allowed to use the existing maps we have in the Lac Philippe, P17, Meech Valley, Fortune and Kingsmere areas.
- There has been no proof of orienteering ever contributing to environmental or ecological damage in the Gatineau Park.
- Scientific research proving that the sport does not have any lasting damage on the terrain has been provided to the NCC.
Thank you for taking the time to contribute to our efforts!