NeilyWorld  Birding Ottawa - Southwest - Rideau River West Side


GREEN ISLAND

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         Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 118 (Nicholas Street). Avoid doing this during rushhour! Go northwest 1.8 km to Rideau Street and turn right or northeast onto it. In 0.3 km King Edward Avenue will be on the left or northwest side. From the corner of Rideau Street and King Edward Avenue, turn left or northwest onto King Edward and proceed 1.4 km to Sussex Drive. Turn right or NNE onto Sussex and as soon as you have crossed the first bridge (0.2 km), you are on Green Island. Turn off to the right and park at the new Ottawa City Hall, the ugly glass and cement structure that now covers what was formerly really Green Island. This is better done on weekends when the place is virually deserted.
         Rideau River West Side Route Directions: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 118 (Nicholas Street). Avoid doing this during rushhour! Go northwest 1.8 km to Rideau Street and turn right or northeast onto it. In 0.3 km King Edward Avenue will be on the left or northwest side. From the corner of Rideau Street and King Edward Avenue, turn left or northwest onto King Edward and proceed 1.4 km to Sussex Drive. Turn right or NNE onto Sussex and as soon as you have crossed the first bridge (0.2 km), you are on Green Island. Turn off to the right and park at the new Ottawa City Hall, the ugly glass and cement structure that now covers what was formerly really Green Island. This is better done on weekends when the place is virually deserted.
Map of Green Island area
Map of Green Island area
         Site Description and Birding Information: This small island is at the mouth of the Rideau River where a pair of dams creates Rideau Falls at its northwestern end. The western channel is lined with beautiful trees and some bushes, sufficent to attract some migrants. The majority of the island is now overgrown with cement and hence less productive. There are views of both the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers.
         This site is adjacent the Maple Island site from the Rideau River East Side tour.
View from North End of Green Island
View from North End of Green Island
        Rideau River West Side Route Directions: From the Green Island parking lot, return to Sussex Drive and turn left or SSW onto it. After 0.2 km turn left or southeast onto King Edward Avenue. Go 0.9 km southeast on King Edward to St. Patrick Street. Turn left or northeast on it and proceed 0.7 km to Island Lodge Road. Turn left or north onto it and enter our next site on this route, Porter Island.
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Last update:  October 29, 2009