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All residents are reminded to respect social distancing measures when enjoying the Community Trail. These measures are in place to slow the spread of the virus and especially to protect the most vulnerable.

  • Avoid being more than 2 people together.
  • Respect the distance of two meters between individuals



Winter trail conditions

Uptaded on January 15, 2021 at 10:32 a.m.

Please note that due to the mild weather these last few days, the community trail will only be groomed this Sunday, exceptionally. Trail conditions will be updated on Monday, January 18.

​​The Winter Trail conditions are updated on our website every Friday afternoon during the season.

For more information, please contact the Recreation Department at 819-827-6228.


Enjoy the trail and be respectful of your neighbors who live nearby!



The community trail project is one of the municipality’s major projects. The conversion of 22 km of the old railway tracks will enable residents to use active transportation to get around, in addition to offering a great opportunity to enjoy nature in Chelsea.

In 2018, the municipality commissioned the Atelier Urbain firm to work on a co-design to paint the broad strokes of a development concept reconciling the contributions of each side. A community trail committee was subsequently created to put forward recommendations to the municipal council.


Ongoing work

Installation of stop signs at intersections with roads.


Ongoing or future projects

  • Contract for the preparation of plans and quotes including
    • Stabilization work
    • Signage plan
    • Redevelopment of some intersections deemed to be dangerous (Route 105, Chemin de la Rivière)
    • Crash barrier at certain spots considered to be dangerous for trail users
  • Installation of signage on the entire community trail
  • Stabilization work :
    • Ravin Hudson sector (2021) 
  • Ditches drainage work (continuous)


Completed work

  • Foundation in crushed stone
  • Culvert replacement
  • Dismantling of 30 railway crossings 
  • Brushcutting
  • Final Foundation between Chemins Wallace and Church 
  • Stabilization work:
    •  Welka sector
    • Kirk's Ferry sector
  • Development of the area of the former train station and the Mill, Kirk's Ferry, Gleneagle, Burnett intersections, including : 
    • development of parking spaces
    • installation of a swing gate to prevent motorized traffic on the Community Trail
    • tree planting


No motorized vehicles


The municipality would like to remind all users that the community trail is off limits to motorized vehicles. Offenders may be fined according to the rules in force.

If you see a non-authorized vehicle on the trail, we recommend that you immediately call the Collines-de-l’Outaouais RCM police at 819-459-9911.

This winter, Chelsea residents whose property is not close to the Community Trail can park:

  • at the Farm Point community park parking lot located at 331 de la Chemin de la Rivière
  • at the Chelsea CLSC located at 490 Route 105

The Municipality is currently working to make other parking spaces available.

The Chelsea community trail has been designed to encourage residents to enjoy the beautiful natural environment and tranquility of the corridor along the Gatineau River. It is a multi‐use non‐motorized recreational pathway for walking, running, skiing, snow shoeing, and low speed cycling.


The following rules form the code of conduct and all users of the trail must respect them:

  1. Private property must be respected. No trespassing. It is important to stay on the trail at all times and speak quietly when near residences.
  2. Quiet hours on the trail are from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am. During these hours, please avoid any unnecessary noise that may disturb the tranquility of the pathway neighbors. 
  3. All animals must be kept on a leash, they must stay on the trail and under control, and all droppings are to be removed immediately from the trail.
  4. Cyclists must yield to all other trail users, ride at low speed, and respect the maximum speed limit of 20 km/hr.
  5. Only non‐motorized forms of transportation are authorized, except for personal adapted transportation devices for those with disabilities.
  6. No littering, glass bottles or containers are not allowed on the trail. Bring all personal belongings with you and pick up after others.
  7. It is forbidden to walk on the classic ski tracks.
  8. It is forbidden to smoke, have campfires or drink alcohol while using the trail.
  9. It is mandatory to use provided toilet facilities.
  10. It is mandatory to respect the cultural, heritage and environmental values of the trail.
  11. Access to the river is allowed at designated public water access areas only.
  12. It is mandatory to respect the rights of all trail users to enjoy the tranquility and beautiful natural environment of the community trail.

The Municipality and the municipal Council would like to thank Voie Verte Chelsea for the $78,500 donation that will be used for the next phase of development of the community trail! The cheque was presented to Mayor Caryl Green and Director General and Secretary-Treasurer John-David McFaul on December 11, 2020 at an intimate outdoor ceremony. Donations were raised through the fundraising efforts of volunteers, sponsors, trail pioneers and supporters of the organization.

A huge thank you to everyone involved!


About Voie Verte Chelsea

Voie verte Chelsea is a non-profit organization that raises funds to contribute to the development of Chelsea's community trail to reduce the financial burden on the Municipality. The organization, composed of volunteers, promotes community involvement, ecological safety of the trail and active transportation on the territory. For more details on the organization, visit their website.

Based on the co-design results, the council adopted ten guidelines proposed by the community trail committee for the development of the community trail:

  1. a local multipurpose trail which will promote walking, running and cycling (recreational or active transportation) during the seasons favourable to these activities and walking, skiing, cycling and snowshoeing in winter
  2. a trail stretching along the corridor of the municipality’s northern border all the way to the landslide site near Chemin Loretta Loop
  3. a trail consisting of a flat and smooth surface, made up of rock dust or similar material, but not paved
  4. a 3.0m wide trail with 0.5m shoulders on each side, which can be wider at certain points. This will be studied case by case when a larger trail may respond to the needs of the community.
  5. a trail with several access points built in a way to promote access to Chelsea residents and taking into account the concerns of residents from neighbouring areas
  6. a trail that will provide points of access to Gatineau River
  7. a trail that will be environmentally friendly and celebrate its rich ecosystem
  8. a trail that will respect and promote the cultural and historic heritage of communities along the corridor
  9. a trail whose use will be governed by a code of conduct based on respect and fairness in sharing the benefits of its use
  10. a trail that can be developed in phases and whose financial impact may be reduced by obtaining subsidies and funds from private fundraising campaigns


Here is the expenditure table as of August 2020 (French only). 


Development Expenses

2019-07-30 Étude des ponceaux et l’établissement d’un plan de drainage pour l’aménagement du sentier communautaire 

2019-01-31 Étude complémentaire anciennes gares

2019-01-08 Rapport de surveillance des travaux de réhabilitation environnementale des sols ancienne gare Mill



2018-12-31 Évaluation environnementale de site Phase II ancienne voie ferrée entre Loretta et la limite sud

Caractérisation environnementale des sols, chemin Kirk’s Ferry – juin 2018

Évaluation environnementale complémentaire de site phase II, secteurs A & B, ancienne voie ferrée – mars 2018

Présentation du 13 février 2018: Évaluations environnementales de site Phase II de l'ancienne voie ferrée de Chelsea

Présentation du 13 février 2018: Études géotechniques de l'ancienne voie ferrée de Chelsea

Évaluation environnementale de site Phase II - Secteurs A & B (WSP)

Étude géotechnique complémentaire - Glissement de terrain entre les chemins Wright et Loretta (WSP)

Étude géotechnique (WSP)


Évaluation environnementale de site Phases I & II - Secteur de l'ancienne gare de passagers de Chelsea (WSP)

Rapport final de l'étude d'impact social 

Résultats de l'étude sur les gaz à effet de serre

Étude de faisabilité technique et financière pour une piste multifonctionnelle - Étape 1

Étude de faisabilité technique et financière pour une piste multifonctionnelle - Étape 2 et 3

Évaluation environnementale du site - Phase 1 - À venir

Formulaire de demande - Offre de financement 2015 du FMV - Études de faisabilité et projets pilotes

Document d'appel d'offres - Études d'impact social concernant la construction d'un sentier communautaire

Document d'appel d'offres - Évaluation environnementale de site phase II et étude géotechnique pour la piste multifonctionnelle

Document d'appel d'offres - Démantèlement de la voie ferrée dans les limites de la Municipalité de Chelsea

Rapport final - Étude d'impact social

Rapport quinquennal sur le plan directeur de transport actif de Chelsea - Mars 2019

Rapport intérimaire du Comité de travail pour la recherche de subventions et de financement du 29 septembre 2017

Lettre du MAMOT 6 mars 2017 à l’égard de la conversion du corridor ferroviaire

Rapport préliminaire du comité de travail pour la recherche de subventions et de financement pour le projet potentiel du sentier

Résumé exécutif de l’étude de faisabilité technique et financière pour un sentier communautaire multifonctionnel sur le réseau ferroviaire

Rapport du comité ad hoc sur la faisabilité d'un sentier communautaire dans l'emprise du corridor ferroviaire

Transformer le corridor ferroviaire de Chelsea en parc linéaire | Présentation de Sentier Chelsea Trails

Présentation de l'étude de faisabilité | sentier communautaire multifonctionnel le long du corridor ferroviaire de Chelsea 

Rapport sur l'étude de planification stratégique du Pôle récréotouristique Chelsea, Wakefield et le parc de la Gatineau & l'étude de faisabilité pour un sentier communautaire le long du corridor ferroviaire (dépôt des rapports)

Résumé exécutif de l’étude de faisabilité technique et financière pour un sentier communautaire multifonctionnel sur le réseau ferroviaire

Dépôt de l’étude de faisabilité sur la transformation du corridor ferroviaire en sentier communautaire

Extrait des délibérations du conseil de la municipalité de Chelsea 

Résolutions adoptées par le Conseil en 2014 et en 2015

Résolutions adoptées par le Conseil en 2016

Résolution adoptées par le Conseil en 2017 (janvier à juin)

Résultats de la pétition Oui Chelsea

Rapport préliminaire du Comité de travail pour la recherche de subventions et de financement pour le projet potentiel de sentier communautaire

Document d’information pour la journée de co-design

Mr. Yvan Xavier Regout, an talented artist in metal sculpture, collected relics from the old railway to create, on his own initiative, sculptures of native animals. These magnificent works are placed along the trail to entertain users. You can view them near the Chemin Gleneagle. 

These sculptures reflect one of the fundamental visions of the Community Trail, which is to respect and enhance the cultural and historical heritage of the old railway corridor. 

On behalf of the population of Chelsea, Council wishes to thank and congratulate Mr. Yvan Xavier Regout for his talent, vision, dedication and generosity as well as Voie Verte Chelsea for his donation and assistance in the installation of the works. 

The cultural value of the trail now shines through with Mr. Regout's magnificent sculptures.


The co-design process has now officially come to an end. Thank you to all those who participated by sharing their vision and ideas to create a community trail for all. 


For any problems regarding:

  • trail maintenance, please contact the Public Works Department, 819 827-1160
  • security, please contact the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais, 819 459-9911


Public Works and Infrastructure Department