NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southeast - Larose Forest Loop
DROUIN ROAD FROM ST. FELIX ROAD
Spring: ** Summer: *** Fall: ** Winter: ***
Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417, 39 km east of Ottawa, take the Limoges exit (79) and go NNW for 4.4 km on Limoges Road (CR 5), through the town of Limoges to the junction of this road with Regional Roads 8 and 37. Follow the right hand curve on Regional 37 or the Saumure/Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road northeast for 0.9 km, then turn left or NNW onto Saumure Road (Regional 37) and travel 4.6 km to Russell Road (Regional 26). Turn right or northeast onto Russell Road and proceed 3.6 km to Drouin Road. Turn right or SSE onto Drouin and go 1.5 km to St. Felix Road. Continue straight SSE on Drouin to begin birding Drouin Road from St. Felix Road.
Larose Forest Loop Route Directions: From the junction of Fisher and St. Felix Roads, turn left or southwest on St. Felix and drive 1.6 km to Drouin Road. Turn left or SSE into Drouin to begin birding Drouin Road from St. Felix Road.
Map of the Drouin Road from St. Felix Road area
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Site Description and Birding Information: This dirt road, which is generally a step up from a dirt track, gives access to the northern edge of the Larose Forest. It can be driven, with caution, during drier times of year through to the Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road. There is a good mix of deciduous and coniferous forest with scattered wooded swamplands and a large marsh along the way. About 1.4 km from St. Felix Road, you will come to the ATV trail (Rd 25), and at 2.1 km the ski trail, and in 3.1 km the Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road. The area can be quite wet in any season but winter, so boots are recommended in warmer months. Insects can be bothersome at that time too.
The large marsh is found about 1.2 km from St. Felix Road. An obscurely placed sign at its south end calls it a "Réserve faunique" en français and, interestingly, a "Wildlife Reservoir" in English.
Marsh along Drouin Road
Larose Forest Loop Directions: From the Drouin Road from St. Felix Road site there are two alternatives, depending on your vehicle type and risk tolerance. Assuming you take the more conservative approach and have not driven through to the Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road (see next paragraph if you have), begin by returning to the junction of Drouin and St. Felix Roads. From there continue straight or NNW on Drouin for 1.5 km to Russell Road (Regional 26). Turn left or southwest on Russell and drive 3.6 km to Saumure Road (Regional 37). Turn left or SSE into Saumure and go 4.6 km to the Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road. Turn left yet again or northeast onto the Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road and proceed 2.3 km to Grant Road. Turn right or SSE onto Grant to begin the next site on this route, the Grant Road South of Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road.
Follow these directions if you were able to drive through to the Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road on Drouin: When you reach the Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road, 3.1 km from St. Felix Road, turn right or southwest onto the Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road and proceed 1.4 km to Grant Road. Turn left or SSE onto Grant to begin the next site on this route, the Grant Road South of Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road.
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Last update: October 27, 2009