The use of the Gatineau Park for roller skiing is a privilege that has been negotiated with NCC on your behalf by the National Capital District of Cross Country Ontario. This Agreement allows for the responsible use and management of closings by the local sport community. The NCC charges an annual fee of about $350 which is paid by the National Capital District.
Although the negotiated Agreement permits us to close the Parkways to vehicular traffic for roller skiing, we continue to share the Parkways with other users; cyclists, in-line skaters, pedestrians, and other roller skiers following a variety of programs. Keeping this use of the Parkway with other users incident-free is critically important to its continued use. Common sense will keep most of us out of trouble and guarantee the use of the
Parkways for dry-land ski training for many years to come. All others are advised to read and comply with the following guidelines:
• The Parkway road system is bi-directional: when you are moving on the Parkway, always stay to the right and on your side of the yellow line.
• There should always be room between you and the yellow line for an overtaking cyclist or roller skier – the overtaking traffic should not have to veer into the oncoming lane to get by.
• Always be aware of other traffic around you and check both ways before making sudden changes in direction.
• Under no circumstances should you roller ski more than two abreast.
• Roller ski in single file while skate skiing uphill.
• Exercise caution on downhills: ski a safe distance apart while descending and no more than two abreast at any time.
• If and when you stop moving, step off the Parkway onto the shoulder.
• Ensure you are off the road at the appropriate times; 10:00 on most weekends, 9:30 during peak colours (refer to fall calendar on the NCD website for exact closing times).
• Be courteous to your fellow Parkway users even if they do not reciprocate in kind: any complaints of bad behavior to the NCC will jeopardize the Agreement for all of us.
• Ski safely and enjoy!
For more information on rollerskiing safety and procedures, please see http://www.cccski.com/main.asp?cmd=doc&ID=1804&lan=0