Heavy rainfall in the region has led to the National Capital Commission (NCC) calling off its shuttle bus service to Gatineau Park for this weekend.
Heavy Rainfall Expected
The NCC has confirmed that the scheduled shuttle service to Gatineau Park will be non-operational on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, owing to heavy rain predicted to hit the area. However, those planning to visit the park on Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 9, can expect the shuttle service to resume.
A Word of Caution for Visitors
For those who might still be keen on visiting, the NCC advises caution. “If you choose to visit Gatineau Park anyway, act safely and responsibly,” the commission said in a statement. They went on to stress the importance of staying within the trail boundaries, which might be challenging given the wet and muddy conditions expected. “Wear appropriate footwear and stay within trail boundaries, even if it means walking through mud and puddles.”
🚫 SHUTTLE UPDATE | The NCC shuttle to Gatineau Park is cancelled on Saturday and Sunday, Oct 7 and 8, due to expected heavy rain.
The shuttle will run, as scheduled, on Thanksgiving Monday, October 9.
— Gatineau Park (@NCC_GatPark) October 6, 2023
The NCC emphasized the environmental implications of venturing off the trail. “Straying off the trail or walking on the edges damages trail land, causing erosion and widening,” the statement read.
About the Shuttle Service
For those unfamiliar, the free shuttle to Gatineau Park is a service that operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. This service began on Sept. 30 and will continue until Oct. 22.