NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southeast - Larose Forest Loop
COUNTY ROAD 8 SKI TRAIL
Spring: ** Summer: *** Fall: ** Winter: ***
Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417, 52 km east of Ottawa, take the Casselman exit (66) and go NNW toward the town of Casselman. Drive 1.1 km NNW into town on Rue Principale, crossing the railway tracks and the main cross-street (St. Isidore), to turn right or northeast just beyond onto Laurier Street. Follow Laurier northeast, then north, 1.8 km to Concession 5 Road (or Route 500). Continue straight across and follow Lemieux Road north 4.7 km to Route 200E. Turn right and go northeast on Route 200E for 2.6 km to County Road 8. Turn left or NNW on CR 8 and drive 9.9 km (3.8 km NNW, 4.9 km southwest, and the final 1.2 km NNW) to the parking area for the County Road 8 Ski Trail. Turn left or southwest into it.
Larose Forest Loop Route Directions: From the junction of County Road 8 and Tamarack Road, go southwest on County Road 8 for 1.3 km to where it makes a 90 degree right turn. The Visitor's Centre for Larose Forest is off this corner. Continue on CR 8 NNW for another 1.1 km. Turn left or southwest into the parking area for the County Road 8 Ski Trail.
Map of the County Road 8 Ski Trail area
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Site Description and Birding Information: This parking area and picnic site acts as a trailhead for the winter ski trail. East of CR 8 there is a 2.5 km (5 km return) trail that has a small loop at its eastern end 0.4 km after crossing Tamarack Road, the previous site. To the west is 9 km (13 km counting two alternate routes) of ski trail heading to the southwest as far as Indian Creek Road at the Indian Creek Road Picnic Area site. The two alternate routes form loops. One is at the west end, between Drouin and Indian Creek Roads; the other runs from 0.3 km west of the parking area to 0.3 km west of Bouvier Road forming a 5 km return loop. The entire western route would be c. 18 km return. This trail goes through a good variety of habitat, including both deciduous and conifer forest. Of course, this trail can be hiked in the warmer seasons. The area can be quite wet in any season but winter, so boots are recommended in warmer months. Trails are subject to flooding by beavers. Insects can be bothersome at that time too.
County Road 8 Ski Trail looking Southwest
County Road 8 Ski Trail Sign
Larose Forest Loop Directions: From the parking area for the County Road 8 Ski Trail on County Road 8, continue NNW on County Road 8 for another 0.6 km to the parking area for the next site on this route, the County Road 8 ATV Trail or Road 25. Park near the trail's junction with CR 8.
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Last update: October 27, 2009