Join me for a Christmas Day cabin potluck and singalong at Healey cabin in the Gatineau Park. If you have the song book "Rise Up Singing" or play a musical instrument please bring them:
This event is cross-posted on the Ottawa Social Meetup site and the Backpacking Meetup site. You are welcome to sign up on either website and if one site is full you can sign up on the other - but please don't sign up on both.
I am prepared to lead people snowshoeing / hiking to the cabin, though I will need a volunteer who is familiar with the ski trails to lead the classic skiers to the cabin. If there is enough interest in skate skiing to the cabin and someone is willing to lead the group, skate skiers would be welcome too
Car Pooling and Destination: Departing from next to the statue at the Supreme Court of Canada (B) at 4:10PM, we will arrive at the Pine Road access road about 4:30PM where you will park at P16 (B) if you are XC skiing or P15 (C) if you are snowshoeing. Please click on this text to see a map to the destinations. http://goo.gl/maps/FRwXG
The snowshoe trail is physically demanding though not technically challenging; so if you are in good enough shape for a demanding hike you are capable of snowshoeing this trail. It will take 60-90 minutes to snowshoe into the cabin depending on how fast we snowshoe.
The ski trail is for xc skiers who are reasonably comfortable with hills. This trail is groomed for skate skiing so it is pretty wide, though there is one particularly challenging hill at the start of the trail. It will take about 45 minutes to ski from P16 to Healey cabin.
Please keep in mind that although it will still be light when we arrive at the parking lots, it will be dark by the time we get to the cabin and dark on the way back. Please bring candles for the cabin and a light for the trail. I have navigated both trails in the dark, though I recommend bringing a light in case you are not comfortable navigating them in the dark.
There is only a woodstove and picnic tables in the cabin. The wood stove only has one temperature - very hot. Cooking something on the woodstove is not recommended, though heating it up upon arrival will work if you are careful not to burn what you are heating.
Please note that this activity is weather and interest dependent. I will be posting an update to confirm that this activity is on by 3PM on Christmas Day.