(NCC) Join in the Labour Day weekend celebrations at the Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park from September 1 to 3, 2012, 1 pm to 4:30 pm. It’s a perfect occasion to discover some of the activities that historically took place at the Estate, including beekeeping, sheep farming and blacksmithing. Read the rest of this entry →
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Gatineau Park and Leamy Lake beaches will open for the summer season Friday, June 15, 2012.
Until September 3, 2012, residents and visitors will have daily access to O’Brien, Blanchet, Breton, Parent and La Pêche beaches, in Gatineau Park, from 10 am to 6 pm and to Leamy Lake Beach from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. Lifeguards will be on site during these hours. Swimmers will have access to facilities such as washrooms, change rooms and picnic tables.
The NCC urges the public to be prudent and keep personal safety in mind. Swimmers must respect designated hours, when beaches are supervised, and the swimming areas defined by buoys.
- Meech, Philippe and La Pêche Lake beaches: $10 per automobile; $30 per mini-bus; $50 per bus; $70 for a season’s pass.
- Leamy Lake Beach: $7 per automobile; $ 21 per bus.
The purchase of a daily pass for Gatineau Park beaches also includes access to Mackenzie King Estate and to Leamy Lake Beach.
[Source: NCC press release]
Canada’s Capital Region ― Residents and visitors are invited to experience the magical fall colours of Gatineau Park, during the National Capital Commission’s (NCC) Fall Rhapsody, from September 30 to October 16, 2011.
The public can get the most from Gatineau Park in the fall, by:
- Exploring over 90 kilometres of trails by bicycle or on foot. Using sustainable transportation is environmentally responsible and has positive impacts on overall quality of life. Air and noise pollution are reduced, as is road congestion.
- Visiting mid-week to experience the autumn splendour at its tranquil best.
- Admiring the fall colours at scenic Philippe Lake, Camp Fortune or Mackenzie King Estate.
- Enjoying activities for the whole family at the Visitor Centre. The public can learn about the hidden treasures in the Park and participate in dynamic free educational programs: “Follies of the Fall Forest” weekends from October 1 to 16, including Monday, October 10.
- Discovering the Luskville Falls sector. An interpretive path will take you to the Falls and then on to the top of the Eardley Escarpment, giving you a spectacular view of the Ottawa Valley.
FALL RHAPSODY 2011 ACTIVITIES
FOLLIES OF THE FALL FOREST
October 1 and 2 (12:30 pm in English / 2:30 pm in French)
October 9, 10, 15 and 16 (2:30 pm in English / 12:30 pm in French)
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, 33 Scott Road
An NCC nature interpreter will demonstrate how to recognize some of the 50 species of trees found in Gatineau Park during guided tours. Participants will also learn more about what causes the leaves to fall and change color. These free two-hour programs include a short presentation at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, followed by a guided hike on the Sugarbush Trail.
Canada’s Capital Region – Many of the National Capital Commission’s (NCC) outdoor programs and activities are coming to their season’s end this weekend. The NCC invites residents and visitors to take in a last excursion during Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays, to participate in the Discover the Hill program and tour the grounds of Parliament Hill, to visit the National War Memorial, and to have a swim at Gatineau Park and Leamy Lake beaches.
The schedule for the last weekend of these summer activities and programs is as follows:
NCC BEACHES — OPEN UNTIL MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2010
Residents and visitors have until Monday, September 6 to swim at Leamy Lake beach, in Gatineau, from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, and at O’Brien, Blanchet, Breton, Parent and La Pêche beaches, in Gatineau Park, from 10 am to 6 pm. Lifeguards are on site during duty hours to ensure public safety. Swimmers have access to various facilities such as washrooms, change rooms, barbecues and picnic tables. Entry fees to Leamy Lake beach are $6 per automobile and entry fees to Meech, Philippe and La Pêche Lakes beaches in Gatineau Park are $10 per automobile.
40th SEASON OF ALCATEL-LUCENT SUNDAY BIKEDAYS — SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2010
Gatineau Park: Parkways Reserved for Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays The Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune Parkways, which are ideal destinations for cycling enthusiasts who enjoy steep hills, are closed to motorized traffic from 6 am to 11 am. One section, to the north of Lac-Meech Road (parking lot P8), is ideal for families with young children and is closed for two additional hours, from 6 am to 1 pm. (Length: 30.5 kilometres)
Ottawa: Parkways Reserved for Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays
Ottawa River Parkway — 9 am to 1 pm
The westbound lanes of the Ottawa River Parkway, located on the south side of the Ottawa River just west of the downtown core, are closed to motorized traffic from Vimy Place (Canadian War Museum) to Carling Avenue. The Parkway is monitored by volunteers from Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. (Length: 5.5 kilometres)
Colonel-By Drive — 9 am to 1 pm
Both lanes of Colonel-By Drive, located on the east side of the Rideau Canal in the heart of the Capital, are closed to motorized traffic from the Laurier Bridge to the Hog’s Back Bridge. The Parkway is monitored by volunteers from KPMG. (Length: 7.6 kilometres)
Rockcliffe Parkway — 9 am to 1 pm
Both lanes of the Rockcliffe Parkway, running along the south side of the Ottawa River, just east of the downtown core, are closed to motorized traffic, from the Aviation Parkway to St. Joseph Boulevard in Orleans. (Length: 8.4 kilometres)
Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikeday participants can get their bikes checked free of charge by members of the Alcatel-Lucent Switchbacks Sunday, September 5, 2010, from 9 am to 1 pm on Colonel By Drive (near Seneca Street).
Members of the Ottawa Inline Skating Club will offer free one-hour instructional sessions on braking, turning and stride improvement, and provide inline skating tips and advice, with special emphasis on safety, Sunday, September 5, 2010, from 9 am to 1 pm on Colonel-By Drive (near Clegg Street and Echo Drive).
DISCOVER THE HILL INTERPRETATION PROGRAM — ON UNTIL MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2010
The Discover the Hill outdoor interpretation program is an excellent complement to the Centre Block tour, which continues all year long. The public is invited to gain a better appreciation of the importance of Parliament Hill by visiting the Info-Tent, enjoying a tour using the free Discover the Hill Outdoor Self-Guiding Booklet or walking In the Footsteps of Great Canadians during a free 45-minute guided tour of the grounds. The Discover the Hill Interpretation program runs until September 6, 2010. For more information, the public can visit the Info-Tent, located on Parliament Hill, weekdays from 9 am to 8 pm and weekends and holidays from 9 am to 5 pm.
INTERPRETATION OF THE NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL — ON UNTIL MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2010
Confederation Square is Canada\’s place of remembrance. The monuments found there, including the National War Memorial, The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier and the Valiants Memorial, collectively speak of remembrance, sacrifice, courage and endurance, and represent all those whose actions in times of conflict and war have shaped Canada\’s past and continue to influence our present. Visitors can learn more about the history, symbolism and importance of these monuments by speaking and sharing stories with the NCC interpreters stationed at Confederation Square daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm. For more information on the National War Memorial and The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.
For more information on activities offered in Canada’s Capital Region, the public may contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 1-800-465-1867, 613-239-5090 (TTY) or 1-866-661-3530, or visit the NCC’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca.
The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites the public to the Estate in Bloom festivities at the Mackenzie King Estate on Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25, 2010. From 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, residents and visitors can celebrate the passion of Canada’s 10th prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, for gardening, horticulture and landscaping.
A variety of activities on the theme of “flowers in the heart of Gatineau Park” will be offered throughout the weekend.
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
- Guided tours with Mackenzie King (portrayed by a guide-interpreter), as he discusses his landscaping plans for the Estate:
- in English at 1:30 pm.
- in French at 3 pm.
- Guided tours by Jean-Pierre Martel, renowned horticulturist, who will guide you through the floral gardens of the Estate:
- in English at 3 pm.
- in French at 1:30 pm.
- Tasting workshops presented by local shops Miss Chocolat and Florist Avant Garde, where visitors can sample edible flowers dipped in chocolate.
- Soap-making demonstrations offered by the Olivier Soapery Chelsea.
- Presentation of renowned fragrances from the 1930s and 1940s by Michèle Hamelin, esthetician and expert in the history of European perfumes.
- Activities and games for the whole family at Kingswood and Moorside.
- Classical music concerts by the Atrium Trio at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm at the Moorside gardens.
- In addition to the regular menu, refreshments available at the Moorside gardens:
- floral teas and other refreshments available ($).
- floral flavoured pastries and sweets ($).
Located in the heart of Gatineau Park, the Estate was the residence of the Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King, who held the office of prime minister of Canada for almost 22 years, between 1921 and 1948. Every year, this national cultural attraction welcomes thousands of visitors who come to admire the beautiful setting and surroundings.
MACKENZIE KING ESTATE HOURS OF OPERATION:
Summer Hours of Operation
From May 15 to September 6, 2010, the Estate will be open:
- everyday from 11 am to 5 pm.
Fall Hours of Operation
From September 7 to October 17, 2010 the Estate will be open:
- weekdays from 11 am to 5 pm, and
- on weekends and statutory holidays from 10 am to 5 pm.
Mackenzie King Tearoom is open every day, from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information or reservations, please call 819-827-3405.
$8 per vehicle
$30 per minibus (max. 20 passengers)
$50 per bus
$65 season pass (access to all Gatineau Park beaches, Leamy Lake beach and Mackenzie King Estate)
VIA RAIL GARDEN ROUTE:
The Mackenzie King Estate gardens are included in the VIA Rail Garden Route destinations, where the public can experience the country’s most astonishing flower gardens and the enthusiasm of Canadian gardening addicts. From Victoria to Halifax, the Garden Route is an invitation to discover 18 magnificent gardens and 27 Communities in Bloom, all winners of the prestigious 5-Bloom award. Green-thumb travellers will enjoy the special horticultural attractions and activities. And everyone will delight in the spectacular displays of countless thriving blooms. For more information about the VIA Rail Garden Route, visit www.viarail.ca/garden.
For more information about the Estate in Bloom, the public may contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free), 613-239-5090 (TTY) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY), or visit the NCC’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca/king.