Tall Tales of the Trail

Ahead lies a stand of White Pines, trees that sparked the great Ottawa Valley lumber industry. The pines were straight, tall, and strong–ideal replacements for masts of the British naval fleet that was devastated during the Napoleonic wars. The pines were felled and squared in winter, and in spring floated down rivers. On the Ottawa River they were bound into rafts and floated to Quebec City for loading onto ships bound for England. Later, sawmills established at various points along the Ottawa River turned the trees into lumber for building.

Nearby, the deciduous trees with dark, scaly bark are Black Cherry, another commercially important tree. The leaves are protected by hydrogen cyanide, which becomes activated when the leaves are chewed.

The spur trail to your left leads to a view of the marsh and a bench that offers a chance to rest and enjoy the songs of Swamp Sparrows and Alder Flycatchers.