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Explore the rich heritage of the Gatineau River by canoe or kayak in celebration of Canadian Rivers Day. Take a self-guided tour of the historic and natural highlights of the route, using an interpretive guide to be available before the event. Start from Wakefield at 10:30 a.m. or later from three other access points on the west and east shores. The day will end at the historic La Grange de la Gatineau in Cantley with a raftsmen-style BBQ served at 3:30 p.m.
Non-paddlers can view a display of historic Gatineau River photos and maps, traditional logging tools, and the “Sacred River: A short history of the river” artistic exhibit from 1 p.m. on. Multi-media artists from “L’art de l’ordinaire” will also be participating. Biologists will be present for a naturalist tour of nearby Phillips’ Island. This is a family event organized by Friends of the Gatineau River in collaboration with the Gatineau Valley Historical Society and Cantley 1889. For additional information, including the logistics fact sheet and amazing heritage maps to guide your paddle on the river, visit the Friends of the Gatineau River’s website: www.fog-arg.org
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