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.
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.
Installation of stop signs at intersections with roads.
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:
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:
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:
2019-07-30 Étude des ponceaux et l’établissement d’un plan de drainage pour l’aménagement du sentier communautaire
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 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
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
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)
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.