Community trail

In 2014, the Council began exploring the development of a community trail along the railway corridor. As a result of these discussions, Council decided to end the long-term lease with the CCFO, to establish an ad hoc committee to study the proposal, and to undertake a feasibility study on the topic.

In light of this, the Director General informed the Ministry of Transportation of Quebec (MTQ) of Council’s intention to no longer use the railway corridor for trains. In accordance with the law, a public notice was then published in Le Droit regional newspaper.

The Council decided to include the cost of the feasibility study, both a technical and financial analysis, in its 2016 operating budget. Council proposed beginning the first phase of the project in 2016, and therefore included a first phase in its three-year investment plan. It’s important to note that all spending will require an additional Council vote to proceed.
The study, as well as the recommendations by the committee, will be tabled at an upcoming Council meeting when this information will become available to residents. An information session is planned to present the findings of the study, and a consultation will be held after that to gather feedback from residents.

Council will consider proceeding with this community trail based on the results of the feasibility study (costs and impacts), the recommendations of the ad hoc committee, and input from residents during the consultation period.
We ask you to speak with or write to your councillor about the proposed trail. Based on that advanced feedback, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be prepared and posted on the municipal website to facilitate ongoing discussion.

Council is approaching this decision with open minds within a participative process. We look forward to working with all residents to make the best decision for our community.

Caryl Green, Mayor of Chelsea

Community Trail Committee Meetings

November 21th, 2018    
October 10th, 2018 Agenda  
September 12th, 2018 Agenda  
July 23th, 2018 Agenda  
June 12th, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Co-design day : Community trail 

The co-design process is now officially over. Thank you to all who participated by sharing their vision and ideas.

It is now possible to consult the final report of L'Atelier Urbain, by clicking here.



Work of the removal of rails and ties


QWhat kind of noise level can I expect during the work?
RClick here to download the document regarding the noise level of the equipment used during the work

Q:  What is the distance required from the rail bed for any personal equipment or object? 
R: To allow contractors to work efficiently, a distance of 3.5 meters (about 12 feet) each side of the central line of the rail bed is required. During the work, contractors must be specially careful about any private installations along the railway corridor but these installations should not interfered with the removal operations. 

Q: What will happen with the existing signage? 
R: These will be removed for reuse or for historical purpose. 



Railway Corridor Studies 

Final report – Complementary geotechnical study Mine, Notch & Kingsmere – July 2018 (In French only)

Soil environmental characterization – Kirk’s Ferry (French only)

Phase II complementary environmental study, sectors A and B (French only)

February 13, 2018 presentation : Geotechnical study (French only)

February 13, 2018 presentation : Envrionmental study (French only)

WSP Phase II Environmental study - Sectors A and B (French only)

WSP Complementary Geotechnical study - Landslide between chemins Wright and Loretta (French only)

WSP Geotechnical study (French only)

WSP Phases I & II Environmental study - Former Chelsea passengers Station Sector (
French only)

Fonds municipal vert – Études de faisabilité et projets pilotes

Results of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Study (in French only)

Evaluating reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

Technical and fiancial feasibility study for a community trail Step 1
 (in French only) 

Technical and financial feasibility study for a community trail Step 2 - 3 (in French only) 

Environmental Site Assessment Phase 1 (in French only)

Financing offer 2015 of FMV - Application form - Feasibility studies and pilot projects (in French only)

Call for tenders - Social impact study 
(in French only)

Call for tenders - Phase II environmental evaluation and a geotechnical study for the multifunctional trail (in French only)

Call for tenders - Removal of railway tracks in the Municipality of Chelsea (in French only)

Final report - Social impact study

Reports, Summaries & Presentations

Co-design : Final report by L'Atelier Urbain (French only - English to come )

Interim report of the Working Committee to research grants and funding dated September 29, 2017

Preliminary report for grants and financing from working committee (in French only)

MAMOT Letter for railway conversionMAMOT Letter regarding the railway conversion (in French only)

Executive summary of the technical and financial feasibility study for a multifunctional community trail on the railway network (in French only)

Report of the ad hoc committee on the feasibility of a community trail using the rail corridor right of way

Transforming the Chelsea railway corridor into a linear park | Sentier Chelsea Trails presentation

Information session presentation | Multi‐Use Community Trail Along the Municipal Railway Corridor Feasibility Study

Report on Recreation and Tourism: Chelsea – La Pêche – Gatineau Park  & Feasibility Study for a Community Trail on the Railway Corridor  (Reports tabling)

Tabling of the feasibility study for a community trail on the former railway corridor (Press release)

Excerpt from the Council minutes of the municipality of Chelsea (in French only)

All resolutions adopted by Council in 2014 and 2015

All resolutions adopted by the Council in 2016

All resolutions adopted by the Council in 2017 (January to June) 

Results of the petition "Oui Chelsea"

Preliminary report of the Working Committee on research for grants and funding for the potential community trail on the railway track (French only)

Information package for the co design dayInformation package for the co design day