Historical Walks: The Gatineau Park Story (3rd edition)
by Katharine Fletcher
In Katharine's unique, popular guide book to the human and natural history of Gatineau Park, she not only reveals stories of the park, but also several of her favourite hiking trails. Fully illustrated with maps, archival and contemporary photographs, the book is a one-stop reference and handbook to the 363-square kilometre park.
In Part I - The History of Gatineau Park - Katharine tells the story of the pioneers and settlers who originally homesteaded here, and explains how the park came into being.
In Part II - Setting the Mood - the reader is invited to explore a range of ecological zones including the micro-climate of the Eardley Escarpment, the tranquility of beaver ponds, and sylvan meadows. Here, Katharine also offers numerous tips on bird and wildlife viewing throughout the park.
Part III - Trails that Beckon - features 24 summer hiking trails. (Although primarily a summer hiking guide, Katharine indicates shared bike paths throughout the park, and describes winter trail usage for winter hikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers.)