Outdoor Ethics

Gatineau espouses outdoor ethics principles of Leave No Trace Canada, a not for profit organization whose purpose is to promote the responsible use of natural areas through education, research and partnership. Some of the organization's principles have been adopted as is, whereas others have been slightly modified. We ask that you comply with the following principles the next time you visit one of our outdoor centres.

Plan ahead and prepare

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, emergencies, etc.
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Use durable surfaces

  • Look for established trails, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
  • Use designated paths and sites.
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Dispose of waste properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
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Leave what you find

  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic objects.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting plants.
  • Do not build structures, furniture or dig trenches.
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Minimize campfire impacts

  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • When barbecuing near a beach, build small fires using only dead wood collected off the ground that can be broken by hand.
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Respect wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed wildlife. It damages their health, alters natural behaviours, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Leave your pets at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young or winter.
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Be considerate of others

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Avoid talking loud and making noise; listen for the sounds of nature.
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For additional information, visit the Leave No Trace Web site at www.leavenotrace.ca.

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