Winner 2015 Volunteer of the year

Anyone who knows Alain Piché knows he is passionate about the Winter Trail on the railway corridor and the Gatineau River. He works hard for the things he loves, and this year, his unstoppable volunteer efforts won him the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award. Alain is on the board of Sentiers Chelsea Trails and Friends of the Gatineau River.

It was one of seven awards handed out at this year’s annual Chelsea Volunteer Acknowledgement Gala held at the Meredith Centre on April 24. The mayor, councillors, municipal recreation officials, gathered with other community organizations and residents to honour the numerous volunteer hours invested in our municipality each year.

“Over the last 10 years, the Community Winter Trail project along the railway corridor has connected neighbours and made many friends,″ remarked Alain. ″We are now aiming to expand the concept to create a four-season linear park that will provide Chelsea a green, multi-functional trail along this precious corridor of municipal property.”2015 volunteer of yr award.

Chelsea Community Winter Trail – Update


What a winter! Lots of extreme cold, but not much snow.  A classic ski track has been set and the winter trail is groomed every week between Farm Point and Mile Hill.  Our longtime community partners,  Rob Lafleur and Bob Walsh of Lafleur de la Capitale,  are working hard, but there has not yet been sufficient compacted  snow to get over the level of the rails and set the kind of track that makes the winter trail such a treat.  It will happen.

Sentiers Chelsea Trails has worked with the Municipality over the past several years to ensure the grooming of the Chelsea Community Winter trail over a distance of 16 km for skiing, snowshoeing, walking, running and sledding. We have also greatly appreciated the generous donations of residents and local businesses that help to offset the cost of maintenance.

To support the trail and get valuable coupons offered by our Corporate Trail Leaders, please visit our website at

Our trail is a dog friendly zone.  Please ensure you follow up after your pooch and keep the trail clean.

Happy Trails!

We need you! Step up to support the Chelsea Community Winter trail

For several years, Chelsea residents have enjoyed 16 kilometers of groomed passage on a multiple purpose winter trail, on the railway corridor which follows Gatineau River, but it’s not a sure thing.  The Municipality contributes  to the maintenance and tracking cost but we need contributions from people who love the trail if we want to keep it open, year after year.  To help secure the future of the winter trail project along the Chelsea railway right of way, Sentiers Chelsea Trails established the Chelsea Community Trail Fund 2014-2015 to raise money for trail maintenance.  All contributions will go directly to the cost of trail maintenance and operation.

The geography of Chelsea, a long and narrow municipality stretching over 23 km north to south, bordered by the Gatineau River and the Gatineau Hills, makes the Chelsea railway right of way an important north-south trail link joining the neighbourhoods of Chelsea Village, Tenaga, Gleneagle, Kirk’s Ferry, Larrimac, Burnett, Cascades and Farm Point.  The trail offers some of the best views of the beautiful Gatineau River and creates the basis for a seasonal, north-south linear park for Chelsea residents.

The trail, during favourable snow conditions, is tracked to provide a surface for cross-country skiing (classic and skate), snowshoeing, walking, running and sledding. Motorized vehicles are prohibited.  The Chelsea Community Winter Trail, is easily accessible and flat, allowing for residents of all ages and abilities to get out and engage in a variety of fun, safe and healthy winter activities.



Levels of Sponsorship and Recognition:                                             

Individual and family Winter Trailblazers                 $15 to $500

  • The thanks of Sentiers Chelsea Trails and the community;
  • Identification as a trail supporter (optional) on our website and in a seasonal newspaper ad thanking our sponsors;
  • All contributions are appreciated. . An individual contribution of $75 or over will receive a $25 gift certificate compliments of Greg Christie Ski and Cycle Works and a charitable donation tax receipt for the balance. Contributions of $150 or more will receive a $50 gift certificate compliments of Le Nordik, spa-nature and a charitable donation tax receipt for the balance. (Gift certificates are limited – first come, first served)
  • Tax receipts issued for charitable donation of over $25 ( CRA/ARC 808109607RR0001)

Major Corporate Winter Trail Leaders               $1,000 plus

  • The thanks of Sentiers Chelsea Trails and the community;
  • Identification of corporate logo on prominent signage that will line the 16 km of the Winter Trail in over 40 locations;
  • Recognition at February 2015 event organized to celebrate the Winter Trail and other trail events;
  • Prominent identification on the Sentiers Chelsea Trails website as a major corporate winter trail sponsor with link to your website
  • Recognition in a full page ad of thanks to sponsors of the Winter Trail


In recognition and with thanks to our Corporate Winter Trail Leaders:

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Community Winter Trail Service Providers              

A number of local organizations and businesses make the Winter trail possible through their contribution of services and their commitment to the project

  • The thanks of Sentiers Chelsea Trails and community;
  • Prominent identification as a community partner and service provider on the Sentiers Chelsea Trails website and in a seasonal newspaper ad to sponsors;
  • Link to the community sponsor’s website;

With thanks and recognition to our Community partners and suppliers:

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