Morris Island Conservation Area Trails

Arnprior, Ontario

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All the small islands and diverse habitats along the shores of the Ottawa River combine to make this conservation area special. You also get a good view of the Chats Falls Hydro Dam. The region also sits on the Canadian Shield, a fact that’s apparent as you hike along rocky paths through mixed forests, marsh and creeks. Marble outcrops appear occasionally, and much of the granite is lined with quartz. Morris Island also seems relatively empty, except on the causeway. You’ll see lots of deer, beaver, porcupine, squirrels and chip munks. Great blue herons frequent the area, and it’s also possible to see ruffed grouse, blue jays and pileated woodpeckers. The forest is a transitional mixed zone with balsam fir, cedar, maple and poplar. Spotted touch-me-nots, trilliums and sneezeweed also grow here, in season. There’s lots of poison ivy too, in particular alongside the trails that traverse the low brush. The neighbours’ caring attitude really shows. The conservation area is clean, litter free, and well cared for.

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"All the small islands and diverse habitats along the shores of the Ottawa River combine to make this conservation area special. You also get a good view of the Chats Falls Hydro Dam. The region also sits on the Canadian Shield, a fact that’s apparent as you hike along rocky paths through mixed forests, marsh and creeks. Marble outcrops appear occasionally, and much of the granite is lined with quartz. Morris Island also seems relatively empty, except on the causeway.

You’ll see lots of deer, beaver, porcupine, squirrels and chip munks. Great blue herons frequent the area, and it’s also possible to see ruffed grouse, blue jays and pileated woodpeckers. The forest is a transitional mixed zone with balsam fir, cedar, maple and poplar. Spotted touch-me-nots, trilliums and sneezeweed also grow here, in season. There’s lots of poison ivy too, in particular alongside the trails that traverse the low brush. The neighbours’ caring attitude really shows. The conservation area is clean, litter free, and well cared for."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Arnprior
Distance: 9.3
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 6 trails totaling 4.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Morris Island Conservation Area Trails

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May 2018