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Fall Parkway Closing Schedule

As usual post-Labour Day, we begin a new schedule for road closures in Gatineau Park.  It looks like this:
Tuesdays (from Sept. 4) — the North Loop (P8-P9; “the Doldrums”) closed from 6:00 pm until dusk
*Thursdays (from Sept. 6) — same as Tuesdays
Saturdays (from Sept. 8) — P9 to Mica 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., with the Doldrums (P9-P8) closed an additional two hours, until 1:00 p.m.
Sundays (from Sept. 9) — same as Saturdays
[*Please note that we have changed back to Tu/Th from this summer’s Tu/Wed]
Complete closure of the parkways for the winter: from 5:00 p.m., Sunday, October 28
Have a great fall season, everyone!

To volunteer for a day here please contact Ian Lennie at to enter the change on this page.  If you’re responsible for closing the parkway make sure that you understand the procedures required (see the section Parkway Closure Procedures a little further down this page).

Some NCD Coaches and Athletes have put together Guidelines on Roller Skiing in the Park.
CCC Policy on rollerskiing is at Cross Country Canada

Parkway Closing Procedures

(Note: the Parkway Closing Procedures.pdf file does not include the map of how to close Mica and the gates. Please take both files).

Several dates here during peak Fall Colours time show parkway opening times of 9:30. On these days, teams will be starting training 1/2 hour earlier too.

There are only two major changes that you need to be aware of for 2007, and they are listed in the Parkway closing information, but also detailed below:

  1. EQUIPMENT PICK-UP LOCATION: this has changed. Equipment is now to be picked up and dropped off at John Fahey’s house, which is the LAST HOUSE on Meech Lake road before P8.   There are two houses on the left at the top of the hill before P8, and his is the second one.   Address is 333 Meech Lake Road.   The equipment is on the right hand side of the laneway as you drive up the hill; it is all stored in the first turn-around spot on the right.
  2. NEW SIGNS: there are new signs this year; they have an NCC logo, and they simply say “CLOSED FOR SPECIAL EVENT”. They do not fit OVER the barricades like other years; they slot into the brackets on the actual gates. It is important to note that these signs are quite long; you will likely need a station wagon/minivan-length car to transport them, but you could try with a smaller car – you could just fold them in two, I suppose.