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THURSO MARSH (MARAIS PERRAS) OVERLOOK
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Independent Directions to this Site: Going north on Autoroute de la Gatineau or Highway 5 take Exit # 2, the Autoroute 50 east exit. Follow the long, 1.0 km, ramp over Brewery Creek and onto Autoroute 50 headed north. Proceed 30 km to exit 166 (the final exit on 50 at this time), following the exit ramp 0.6 km as it loops back around to Rue Notre-Dame. Turn left or south and go 0.6 km SSE to where Chemin de Montréal or Highway 148 join Notre-Dame. Continue straight SSE 0.2 km to where Chemin de la Quai splits off to the right. Continue on Chemin de Montréal or Highway 148 by bearing left or ENE and going 16.6 km, 1.3 km past Rue Galipeau in Thurso. An excellent overview of the Thurso Marsh (a.k.a. Marais Perras, Marais de Thruso or Baie Perras) can be had from the roadside here.
Ottawa River East: Quebec Route Directions: From the Thruso Marsh parking area, return to Rue Galipeau and go north 0.9 km to Chemin de Montréal Ouest or Highway 148. Turn right or ENE on it and drive 1.3 km. An excellent overview of the Thurso Marsh (a.k.a. Marais Perras, Marais de Thruso or Baie Perras) can be had from the roadside here.
Google Sattelite Map of the Thruso Marsh Area
Site Description and Birding Information: This site is but another view of the last site. The elevation provided by the highway gives a good overview, however the previous site allows closer approach. A scope is very helpful here. This protected marsh is now part of the newly created parc national de Plaisance or Plaisance Provincial Park.
Breeding birds include Marsh Wren, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Virginia Rail and the rarer Least Bittern. Other birds seen in summer include Black Tern and Black-crowned Night Heron. King Rail has been reported from this site.
View of the Thruso Marsh from the Overlook
Ottawa River East: Quebec Route Directions: From the Thruso Marsh Overlook, continue east 2.7 km on Chemin de Montréal Ouest or Highway 148. Turn right or south into the parking area (marked with a binocular sign) for the next site on this route, the Baie Noire West Overlook.
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Last update: May 26, 2011