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


Co-design day : Community trail 

The Municipality of Chelsea invites you to an evening where it will present you the preliminary report on the co-design for the community trail.

The urban planning firm L’Atelier Urbain will be there to present its conclusions based on the pre-co-design and the co-design day that took place in March 2018.

At this evening, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions and to share your comments before the finalization of the report.


Presentation of the Preliminary Co-design Report

Location :        Meredith Centre (Banquet Hall), 23 Cecil Rd

Date :               Thursday, May 24, 2018

Time :              7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 


    1. Arrival of participants

    2. 7:00 p.m. – Opening word

    3. 7:05 p.m. – Presentation

             3.1 Presentation of the preliminary Consultation Report by L’Atelier Urbain

             3.2 Explanation of the next steps by the Municipality

      4. 7:50 p.m. – Questions and comments from the residents

      5. Conclusion



The Municipality of Chelsea would like to thank every one of you who could come to the pre and/or co-design sessions hosted by L’Atelier Urbain on March 14 and 17th, 2018.

For those who could not be there, here is the consultation chart including the same questions as they were asked during the pre and the co-design sessions.

You have until April 3rd to submit your ideas and your vision of the community trail.

The survey’s replies will be sent for analysis to the urban planning firm L’ Atelier Urbain.

To access the consultation chart, click here.


Following consultations on the social impact with residents, the Municipality of Chelsea has decided to go forward with the realization of the Community trail project. Wishing for the whole community to get involved in the design process of this major project, an exemplary approach has been put into place to insure that conception is based on good collaboration with residents. This will contribute into making it a real community project.

Co-design is an innovative approach selected by the Municipality that is based on the best practices in community participation. Participation, inclusion and everyone’s creativity will be put to contribution during the event, which will result into a project corresponding to the wills and needs of the population.

This participatory consultation will be an opportunity for every resident to express and share his/her vision for the project. Together, we can create a project that takes into account every issue identified by the residents and the Municipality, such as security, preservation of the natural character of the site, mitigation measures for traffic and parking, etc.                                                  

What: Co-design day : Community trail                                                  
Date:  March 17th 2018,                                                  
Time : 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM                                                  
Location: Chelsea Elementary school, 75 Old Chelsea Road
Agenda:  Click here

In order to plan for the number of participants, please fill the online inscription form to confirm your presence. It is also possible to register in person at the Municipal Office located at 100, Old Chelsea Road, weekdays, between 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. People who are unable to participate are invited to send their comments and suggestions on the online form that will be available online the day after the event. Paper copies of the form will also be available at the Municipal Office. For questions regarding the co-design day, please contact Recreation, Sports, Culture and Community Life Department at 819-827-6228 or by email at

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. 



Reports, Summaries & Presentations

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 conversion
MAMOT 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