Ecological restoration in the Lac-des-Fées Pathway area

The ecological restoration project in the Lac-des-Fées Pathway area aims to enhance ecological integrity and reduce habitat fragmentation.

Since the creation of a section of recreational pathway along Gamelin Street, the section of the Lac-des-Fées Pathway will be ecologically restored.

The objectives of the work are as follows:

  • to modify the eastern section of the pathway near the soccer field in order to eliminate drainage problems
  • to restore the area around the old amphitheatre
  • to ensure that the ecological restoration of the pathway section is sustainable
  • to eliminate safety problems related to the use of these sections of the pathway.

Signage is on-site to inform users.

We take pathway management seriously, and we rely on the support of users and the public to succeed. Please help us by using only the official pathway network and obeying all signage

Project implementation

Between 2014 and 2017, the NCC held consultations with Park users.

Phase 1: September to December 2018

Lac-Des-Fées Pathway

During the first phase of the work, drainage on the pathway near the soccer field will be improved and a stairway will be installed. The walking trail that runs along Lac des Fées, starting at the Lac-des-Fées Parkway and Gamelin Street intersection, will be retained and partly rebuilt.

The pathway will be permanently closed in fall 2018.

Phase 2: April to June 2019

Lac-des-fées Pathway 2

The second phase of the work will focus on restoration of the old amphitheatre area. In addition, about 700 metres of the former pathway will be removed and the land will be restored.

This work will improve the connectivity of Gatineau Park ecosystems in the area near the Park boundary, and eliminate safety problems posed by the former section of the Lac-des-Fées Pathway due to the area’s topography.

The new route for the pathway, which links the Plateau area to the Lac-des-Fées Parkway, follows alongside Gamelin Street, and its flat, linear topography makes it safer.