NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Northwest - Gatineau Park South
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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. Proceed 7.5 km northwest, to the junction of the (Promenade de la) Gatineau Parkway with the (Promenade) Champlain Parkway. Turn left or WSW onto the (Promenade) Champlain Parkway and drive 9.1 km to the parking area for the Huron Lookout.
Gatineau Park South Route Directions: From the Bourgeois Lake parking lot, return to the (Promenade) Champlain Parkway, turn right or WNW and drive 2.2 km to the parking area for the Huron Lookout.
Map of the Huron Lookout area, Gatineau Park
Site Description and Birding Information: Huron Lookout is a great spot to watch for raptors flying along the escarpment, and incidentally a great view of the Ottawa River and Aylmer. It is also one of the best spots to hear and see Indigo Bunting in spring and summer.
Some interesting species seen here include Hoary Redpoll (Jan. 23, 1994), Red-headed Woodpecker (Jul. 3, 1993), Rufous-sided Towhee (May 27, 1990) and Bay-breasted Warbler (July 1989).
In winter, this section of the parkway is closed to vehicles 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.
View from Huron Lookout
Gatineau Park South Route Directions: From the Huron Lookout parking lot, return to the (Promenade) Champlain Parkway, turn left or northwest and drive 0.2 km to the entrance, on the right or northeast, to the Étienne-Brûlé Lookout and picnic area, the next site on this route.
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Last update: October 27, 2009