Larose Forest was initiated in 1928 when agronomist, Ferdinand Larose, undertook a conifer plantation on lands that were abandoned due to soil erosion. Today, the Larose Forest is owned and managed by the corporation of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.
This pristine natural site is located approximately 50 kilometres east of Ottawa, just south of the village of Bourget and covers over 11,000 hectares. More than 18 million trees have been planted making it the second largest community forest in Ontario. It includes conifers, wetlands, mixed forest and is crisscrossed by the South Nation River, many smaller creeks and over 200 kilometres of roads and trails.
The Forest shelters a wide variety of wildlife from the small chickadee to the majestic moose. It also contains a beautiful variety of wild flowers and mushrooms, scattered throughout the area. There are numerous excellent places to relax and have a good time.
By visiting the Forest, you will have the opportunity to enjoy numerous popular outdoor activities year-round, ranging from hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and much more. Please refer to the Winter Trails section to get more details on activities and parking locations.
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Referred to as ‘Ottawa’s Backyard’, The United Counties of Prescott & Russell is an amalgamation of two counties east of the national capital. Agrarian countryside unfolds as you wind down picturesque rural roads that connect some of Ontario’s oldest and most storied towns and villages.
Prescott & Russell is close enough to the city to be super convenient for a short getaway, but the serene landscape, welcoming locals, country shops and bilingual culture make you feel like you’re a world away.
To learn more about all there is to see and do in Prescott & Russell, visit the city’s tourism website.
For more resources on Francophone Experiences, visit DestinationOntario.com.
Ontario Travel Information Services
For more general tourism information or to plan your visit, please call to speak with a Travel Counsellor at 1-800-668-2746 (1-800-ONTARIO). Travel Counsellors are available to speak with you in either English or French.