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Parc national de Plaisance

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This national park – the only one in the Outaouais – features rich biodiversity with over 265 species of birds, many amphibians and, of course, turtles! Venture into our wetlands and resplendent forests and connect with nature in these exceptional habitats.

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Parc national de Plaisance Camille Labonté | © Sépaq
Dominic Boudreault | © Sépaq

Visit the nest: The Perras Tower

Whether you’re walking or cycling here, this place will amaze you! The observation tower in the form of a nest pays tribute to the great diversity of winged fauna that lives and reproduces in various areas of the park, such as the Perras marsh. As a bonus, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the marsh and the Ottawa River. Bring your binoculars!

Camille Labonté | © Sépaq

Cycling for all tastes

Over 30 kilometres of bike paths await you here! In the Thurso sector, a tranquil path borders the magnificent Ottawa River. Elsewhere, in the heart of the Presqu’îles sector, the Serpentine and Étangs trails wind through a series of habitats. Extend your outing by taking the Carrière trail linking the two sectors of the park.

Camille Labonté | © Sépaq

Zizanie-des-marais Trail: Walk on water!

The Zizanie-des-Marais trail is the absolute top must-see of parc national de Plaisance. One kilometre of pathway – including over 400 metres of floating pathway – takes you right to the heart of our marshes teeming with life! You will most certainly spot beaver or muskrat dens along the way if not a great blue heron or red-winged blackbird! The flowering aquatic plants found here in the summer are also a gorgeous spectacle not to be missed.

Camille Labonté | © Sépaq

Le Marais-aux-Rubaniers

This hidden treasure of a path includes a section on stilts crossing a swampy forest. And, located in the heart of a formerly inaccessible area that floods in the spring, a raised walkway takes you to the splendid Rubaniers marsh. Discover this marvellous place perfect for birdwatching – and even spotting muskrats!

Denis-Carl Robidoux | © Sépaq

Paddle to the Chutes Du Moulin Falls

With a vertical drop of nearly 35 metres, Moulin falls are impressive! We suggest canoeing or kayaking on the Petite-Nation river to the foot of the falls. From there, a path leads to a lookout where stunning vistas await you. How long it takes: 3 hours (11-km round trip). Allow more time on the way out since you’ll be paddling upstream.

New: You can enter the Moulin falls site free of charge by showing your parc national de Plaisance access permit.

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