There lies a secret gem of a destination where old growth forest still grows and rare species of birds feel free to roam. This special place where the magic of winter will always be found, welcomes nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike to its charming inns and captivating country side; the Ottawa Valley is a living museum of heritage and nature.
Walk, cross country ski or snowshoe through Gillies Grove in Arnprior, a living natural resource that stands to be a rare remnant of the magnificent forest that once covered this region – one of the last sections of old growth forest in the province. Explore the 3.6 km circular trail and set your sites on Galilee stone mansion, built in 1853 as the residential estate for an old lumber baron, and search for intermittent sightings of bird species such as Barred Owls and Red-shoulder Hawks. Not to be missed is the signature sighting, Ontario’s tallest White Pine standing at 50 metres, which lays gently tucked away just waiting to be found.
To complete your stay, consider one of the area’s local heritage Inns or Bed & Breakfasts:
The Old Burnside B&B is a Georgian style house built in 1840, surrounded by a 7-acre garden on its own stretch of the Mississippi River. Guests will enjoy gourmet breakfasts in an elegant dining room and afternoon tea in the spacious living room.
At the Pinehurst Manor, fall asleep to the sound of waterfalls while cozied up within interiors boasting original architectural features such as stained glass windows, wood paneled bedrooms, 10 fireplaces, and decorative tiles imported from England.