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PIONEERS TRAIL

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        Independent Directions to this Site: From Autoroute de la Gatineau or Highway 5, take exit # 3 or Boulevard St-Raymond heading west. Travel 1.5 km west to Promenade du Lac-des-Fées and turn left or south on it. Follow Lac-des-Fées 0.4 km to Rue Gamelin and turn right or west on it. Go 0.9 km to the (Promenade de la) Gatineau Parkway and turn right or north on it. Immediately on your right is the parking lot at the information kiosk. Turn right or east into it and park.
        Gatineau Park South Route Directions: To reach the first site in this route from Autoroute de la Gatineau or Highway 5, take exit # 3 or Boulevard St-Raymond heading west. Travel 1.5 km west to Promenade du Lac-des-Fées and turn left or south on it. Follow Lac-des-Fées 0.4 km to Rue Gamelin and turn right or west on it. Go 0.9 km to the (Promenade de la) Gatineau Parkway and turn right or north on it. Immediately on your right is the parking lot at the information kiosk. Turn right or east into it and park.
Map of Pioneers Trail area, Gatineau Park
Map of Pioneers Trail area, Gatineau Park
        Site Description and Birding Information: Before starting any route on this side of the Ottawa River, it is wise to check the bird line of Le club des ornithologues de l'Outaouais (COO) at 819-778-0737.
         This trail starts at the information kiosk at the welcome centre near the junction of the (Promenade de la) Gatineau Parkway (the main road through the south of the park) and Rue Gamelin. Once you have crossed the (Promenade de la) Gatineau Parkway, you will find a 1.5 km interpretive trail that loops through overgrown fields, second growth and maturing hardwood forest.
Pioneers Trail, Gatineau Park
Pioneers Trail, Gatineau Park
         Rare birds reported from the Pioneers Trail include Yellow-breasted Chat (May 27 - mid-June, 2000).
         In winter, the parkway is closed at this point and is opened to skiing only. Hikers may still use the trails. The exact dates are weather dependent, but usually from mid-November to early April.
        Gatineau Park South Route Directions: From the kiosk parking area, return to the (Promenade de la) Gatineau Parkway and turn right or north onto it. Proceed 2.8 km north, then northwest, to the next site on this route, the Hickory Trail. Turn left into the parking area.
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Last update:  October 27, 2009