New trails underway in Chelsea Park

The trail building in the area encircled by Old Chelsea, the 105, and Scott is a good example of the spirit and vision of Chelsea Trails. This ‘triangle’ contains two elementary school, the Meredith Centre, and many homes and municipal green spaces. But right now, in many cases, a child living 500 metres from their school can’t walk or bike there. This is particularly true if the only entrance to a home or street is off of the 105, on which children are not allowed to ride their bikes (since the speed limit for cars is 70km/hr).

Marc Desjardins, the SCT Sector Champion for this area, hopes to change all that. For the past several years, Marc has been working with the municipality and local landowners to create a system of footpaths that can link streets in this area to each other and to access points on Scott and Old Chelsea. Work this summer  will be done behind Ben’s Towing but there are also three other paths in this area that have either been restored or are in the planning stages. Much of these trails follow municipal corridors, but some portions are only possible thanks to the collaboration of local landowners. Marc has knocked on many doors and held open meetings to garner support, and has taken the wishes of local landowners into account when designing certain portions.

As always, these improvements would only be possible with many hours of volunteer effort, in collaboration with the municipality. One important volunteer has been Leilak Anderson, a certified arborist, who has kindly donated and delivered extra mulch for the trails.


Posted in Members & Volunteers, Trail Projects, Work Bees

Public consultation announced for July 6, 2017

Evenings of CollaborationThis public meeting is part of the research being conducted by the Montreal consulting group BC2 for their social impact assessment study on the community trail project. They will be present to collect your input and ideas and will submit them to the council.

If you have to miss the meeting but want to contribute your thoughts to the process, you may email your comments to study is supposed to be completed by the end of July so we suggest you get your comments sent by July 6 if you want them to be included in the study.


Posted in Members & Volunteers

The power of love

That’s  what you saw at the Chelsea Trails dance party on May 6, an exuberant celebration, and a great display of Chelsea’s generous community, but  it was also a heartfelt tribute by Richard’s wife, Catherine Morrison and the musicians, to a man they love and miss.  Five years ago, Catherine launched a dance party event in support of Chelsea Trails. This year, she gathered up the musicians and did it again…. only bigger.

Catherine, who is Katie Diamond on stage, brought her band and kick-started the B-sides band to build the event as a tribute to the musical memory of Richard Garlick, who died in 2011. Richard’s infectious enthusiasm for his music and his love of Chelsea’s trails shaped his life and spawned Chelsea Trails. He played rock, Cajun, Brazilian jazz, whatever he could find. And just one band wasn’t enough. He and his guitar fronted the B-sides, took the stage with  Les Poutine Étouffées and played his last performance at a house concert for SCT.

Thank you all for such an amazing gift for Chelsea Trails and a full on show of the power of love.

Posted in Members & Volunteers

Petition results send Council strong message of support for Community Trail project

CHELSEA, QC, May 1 , 2017 – Tonight, the Chelsea Community Trail Coalition will present the powerful results of a petition to the Chelsea Municipal Council to voice their collective support of a viable recreational option for the former Chelsea rail corridor.

Presentation1The online petition,, signed by more than 1,560 people, was launched last fall by a new coalition made up of six community groups who joined forces. They include: Sentiers Chelsea Trails, Rails2Trails, Chelsea Action for the Respect of the Environment (ACRE), Cascades Club, Friends of the Gatineau River (FOG) and Loisirs Chelsea Nord Farm Point. The purpose of the petition is to provide Chelsea Municipal Council a clear snapshot of the support by residents across the municipality. Continue reading

Posted in Railway Transformation, Winter Trail Updates

Mark your calendars for May 6

Dance Party Image OneCome out to celebrate spring and Sentiers Chelsea Trails with a fabulous evening of music, dancing and food.

It’s the fifth anniversary of the original SCT FUNraiser, and once again, the redoubtable Chelsea rock band, the B-Side, will play tunes from its evocative repertoire of rock and roll favs. Our first event, held back in 2012, was a memorial to Richard Garlick, one of the founders of SCT, and the B-Side’ lead guitarist during the years when the band played many memorable Chelsea gigs.

The Katie Diamond Band will open the event with some jazzy numbers to get you in the mood for more fun to come. Musicians from the Cajun band, Poutines Étouffées, will also put in an appearance. So be prepared to wear out your dancing shoes. Continue reading

Posted in Events, Members & Volunteers

What a season it has been, and it’s not over yet!

mar 2017 myra & jean with familyThe Winter Trail wonder continues as long as the snow lasts. Enjoy the sun and get out and walk, run, slide, classic ski, skate ski or fat bike – whatever motivates your fun. The Chelsea community winter trail is generously supported by our Corporate Trail leaders:  Gazifère, Greg Christie’s Ski and Cycle, Lafleur de la Capitale the Nordik Spa-Nature, Physiosport Chelsea and Le Pub Chelsea. We thank them for their ongoing support of this community project.

Posted in Winter Trail Updates

3rd Annual Winter Trail Celebration a great success! 26 February, 2017

To all the volunteers, sponsors and partners,

To the more than dozen volunteers who spent many hours outside yesterday preparing the access points and welcoming skiers and walkers, many thanks for your assistance.

To all our generous sponsors and partners, we greatly appreciate your generosity and your support for this community event. Continue reading

Posted in Members & Volunteers, Trail Events

Interpretive Panels along the Chelsea Community Winter Trail on display at Chelsea City Hall, February, 2017

2017-02-18-13-56-34Since 2009 Sentiers Chelsea Trails (SCT) has partnered with the municipality of Chelsea to pro
vide a multi-purpose groomed snow surface along the currently unused railway tracks.

In 2014, SCT initiated a partnership with the Gatineau Valley Historical Society (GVHS) to develop and install interpretive panels along this trail, featuring scenes from Chelsea’s past. Continue reading

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