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Points of Interest

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«Voyageurs» recreational pathway
  • the pathway traverses the park in an east-west axis, bordering the oak forest and wetland to the west and the Ottawa river to the east.

  • this cycling and multi-use trail connects Gatineau’s city centre, Champlain Bridge and old Aylmer.

  • the trail is very popular with residents and visitors in all seasons.

Note - names on existing maps are not standardized, including Deschênes Forest, Gillot Park, parc Riverain, parc des rapides Deschênes, Lamoureux marsh

A. Red Oak - Sugar Maple Forest

  • mature oak forest in place for at least a century - uncommon type of forest in Gatineau

D. Riverside Zone

  • numerous, diverse micro-habitats

  • rare plants

G. Archaeological Site

  • public archeological dig in 2013

  • numerous artefacts from pre-historic and historic periods were unearthed

  • confirms the historical importance of the portage site

B. Wetlands

  • large permanent marsh in the centre, seasonal at the edges

  • turtles, aquatic birds and mammals are abundant

E. Hickory Point

  • population of shagbark hickory trees, a rare species in Québec, typical of areas further south

H. Conroy Island

  • nesting site for five species of aquatic birds

C. Rocky Uplands

  • rare ecosystem in Quebec - the dry, open habitats characterised by numerous rare plants and are essential for certain species of birds, frogs and snakes

F. Wood Duck Marsh

  • seasonal marsh, a complex habitat with high species diversity

  • easily observed from the wooden bridge

I. Historical Zone

  • one of the only undeveloped rapids on the Ottawa River

  • site of important industrial developments 1840-1930

  • small population of white oaks, relatively rare in Québec

Visitor's code of conduct

Our park is fragile - 

help protect it!

  • Always keep dogs on leash

  • Stay on the trails

  • Respect animals and plants

  • No motorized vehicles on trails or boats on the marshes

  • Do not litter, pick up what you find!

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