Boucher Forest Month


The month of September is the month of the Boucher Forest! Come and enjoy many activities to discover the hidden treasures of the forest!


Message from the Honorary President

André Fortin, MNA for Pontiac

André Fortin, MNA for Pontiac

This year, I am pleased to be involved with the Boucher Forest Month. The Boucher Forest is more than 700 acres of nature close to us, citizens of Aylmer. 700 acres in which the Boucher Forest Month will allow us to appreciate the natural environment, spend time with our families, bring our schools outside for ecological activities and make us engage in various outdoor activities. We are lucky to live in an area of the city that allows us to have access to quality green spaces. It is important to continue to protect these unique spaces so that our children and grandchildren can benefit from them.

Join the Boucher Forest Foundation in the upcoming month to learn more about this popular site, to participate in various activities, to discuss the Foundation's future plans and contribute to the improvement of the Boucher Forest site. I hope you can be with us throughout the month.

See you soon!




Saturday September 9th 2017
Movie-Conference on the Boucher Forest (IN FRENCH)

Be the first to view the new short film on the Boucher Forest!

The Boucher Forest : a forest in the city (a film by Patrick Haag)

As big as Central Park in New York, as busy as the Luxemburg Gardens in Paris and more wild and natural than the Mont-Royal in Montreal, the Boucher Forest has the potential to be classified amongst the most beautiful urban gems of the world great cities.

Set in its urban setting, this is more than a simple forest for the informed user. The Boucher Forest plays an important role in its urban environment and provides a haven of peace for the residents and members of the community. Be the first to discover the images of a documentary that will tell you how in 2017 a group of citizens is committed to succeed in preserving the Boucher forest and its treasures for their fellow citizens and for future generations. A forest in the city: a story to be followed...

The film projection will be followed by a fascinating conference by Suzanne Hardy, a botanist who will discuss her search for remarkable trees in Quebec province.

The event will tak place in the presence of André Fortin, MNA for Pontiac and Honorary President of the Boucher Forest Month.

Time : 7 to 9 pm

Venue: Aylmer Cinema

Cost: It's free! But places are limited!


Saturday 16th September 2017

Boucher Forest festival

We invite citizens and families to join us for the 7th edition of our annual Boucher Forest Festival! Young and old will enjoy our numerous free activities such as :

  • Climbing tower (11 am to 2 pm)
  • Bouncing castle
  • Face paintin
  • BBQ and cotton candy (it’s all free!)
  • First Nations and the Forest themed nature walk (at 1 PM in English)
  • Interactive information kiosks
  • Photo booth
  • And other surprises!

Time : 10.30am to 3pm

Location : Parc des Jardins-Lavigne (Aylmer sector)

All the activities are free!

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"Forest and First Nations" nature walks

A unique opportunity to discover the forest through a fascinating trip in the Anishinaabe culture! Doreen will share the importance of the forest for the lifestyle and the Anishaabe ancestral culture as well as Ottawa Valley’s First Nations’ traditional knowledge. Don’t miss it!

It is free but places are limited! Registration required (form below)

Open to the whole family (suggested 8 years and older)!

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The Illuminated Tales of the Boucher Forest (FULL)

A magical night tour in the Boucher Forest! Come and discover the Boucher Forest at night and let yourself be guided through the forest with a tale that will retrace the history of the Boucher Forest through the ages, from its occupation by the First Nations until today. Combining history, ecology, mythology, tale and music, these evenings will be a celebration for young and old! Each participant will be lent a lantern during the evening to add a touch of magic to the experience in the forest.

It's free but places are limited! Registration required (form below)

Open to the whole family!

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Sunday 24th september 2017

Clean up with the 1st Aylmer Scouts

The forest needs your help! With our brave scouts from Aylmer 1st troup, come and help with our annual Boucher Forest clean-up! An excellent opportunity to contribute concretely to the protection of the Boucher Forest and to teach the younger generations to take care of nature. All equipment is provided! A light snack will be served to the participants.

Time : 1pm to 4pm

Location : Parc des Jardins-Lavigne (Aylmer sector)

Sunday September 24th

“Discovering the Boucher Forest” nature walk (IN FRENCH ONLY)

Where is the Boucher Forest? Why is it so important to protect it? What challenges are we facing for its protection? Find the answer to those questions by joining a captivating nature walk with Sébastien. Following this activity, the Boucher Forest won’t have any more secret for you!

Time :  10.30 am to 12 pm

Cost: It’s free but places are limited!

Registration required, for 13 year-old and older

“Fall Rhapsody in the Boucher Forest” (IN FRENCH ONLY)

Discover the Boucher Forest with its most beautiful fall colors! A unique occasion to visit the Boucher Forest and to learn more about its biodiversity using all your senses!

Date:  Saturday October 7 th (FULL!) and Saturday October 14th – 10h30 to 12 PM

Cost: It’s free but places are limited!

Registration required, for 8 year-old and older

Registration form

Name *


Honorary president

Main partners

Benefactor partners

Special Thanks

Richard M. Bégin, Councillor for the district Deschênes, City of Gatineau
Denis Tassé, Councillor for the district Touraine, City of Gatineau
William Amos, MP for Pontiac, Parliament of Canada