September 20, 2022
National Capital Region—The National Capital Commission (NCC) is pleased to announce the start of its major project to rehabilitate the Philippe Lake campground. This project will significantly improve the future camping experience by creating modern and accessible facilities and reducing the area’s overall environmental impact.
The first phase of the work started on September 19 and is scheduled to be completed in November 2022. The second phase will continue from April to November 2023, and the third phase, from April to June 2024. Reopening of summer camping is planned for summer 2024.
The rehabilitation of the Philippe Lake campground includes the following improvements:
- significant improvements in campsite quality, safety and privacy
- a new amphitheatre, multi-use pavilion, kitchen shelter and camp store
- 10 new ready-to-camp units
- animal-proof food lockers for some campsites
- better access to electricity and drinking water
- significant improvements in universal accessibility throughout the site
- other site improvements — from pathways to signage
Summer camping at the Philippe Lake campground will be closed for the duration of the work. Winter camping will continue as usual during all work phases. The work will have no impact on access to the Philippe Lake parking lots and beaches, or the campground and facilities at La Pêche Lake.
Collaboration with Indigenous partners
The NCC is working to advance reconciliation with Indigenous communities, with respect for their strong physical, cultural and spiritual connection to the land in Gatineau Park. As part of the rehabilitation of the Philippe Lake campground, the NCC is working closely with the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation to promote Algonquin culture, for example, the naming of the areas in the campground and interpretation of the site. The names chosen will reflect the nature and landscape of the site.
The implementation of this project is part of the NCC’s major infrastructure projects made possible with the Government of Canada’s $52.4-million investment from the 2020 federal budget.
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