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"For history buffs, nature lovers, bird watchers, and hiking enthusiasts, Historical Walks continues to be the unique guide to the human and natural history of Gatineau Park. Fully illustrated with maps, archival and contemporary photographs, the book is a one-stop reference and handbook to the 363-square kilometre park situated on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River, just 20 minutes north of Parliament Hill by car. In Part I -- The History of Gatineau Park -- Fletcher tells the story of the pioneers and settlers who originally homesteaded here, and explains how the park came into being. In Part II -- Setting the Mood -- the reader is invited to explore a range of ecological zones including the micro-climate of the Eardley Escarpment, the tranquility of beaver ponds, and sylvan meadows. Here, Fletcher also offers numerous tips on bird and wildlife viewing throughout the park. Part III -- Trails that Beckon -- features 24 summer hiking trails. (Although primarily a summer hiking guide, Fletcher indicates shared bike paths throughout the park, and describes winter trail usage for winter hikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers.)