Prescott and Russell United Counties Nature Trails


Welcome to Prescott and Russell United Counties!

The United Counties of Prescott & Russell is the soul of eight municipalities, each one with unique characteristics. Serving East Hawkesbury, Hawkesbury, Champlain, Alfred and Plantagenet, The Nation, Casselman, Russell, and Clarence-Rockland, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell acts as an upper-tier municipal government entity with the responsibility of supporting regional interests and providing residents with an unparalleled quality of life.
Named in honour of Governor Robert Prescott and Executive Councillor Peter Russell, the Corporation of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell was founded in 1820. This historic event also marked the arrival of French settlers in the region. Their presence has since continued to grow, to such a point that French-speaking residents today represent two-thirds of the 85,381 residents.

Located between the City of Ottawa to the west and the Quebec border to the east, the Prescott and Russell region covers a territory of 2,002 square kilometers. To the south, the region is bordered by the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, and to the north, by the historic Ottawa River.

A welcoming region, Prescott and Russell brims with cultural and natural attractions. Its touristic attractions, numerous festivals, impressive art scene and breathtaking scenery capture the interest of numerous visitors.

Each of the eight municipalities features its own personality. Some are predominantly urban and are focused on business, industry and services, while on the other hand, agriculture is omnipresent in the more rural municipalities. Whether seeking new business opportunities, an ideal region to raise a family, or a peaceful retreat in the countryside, Prescott and Russell is a community that caters to one's needs.

You will find some of the best hiking and nature trails in Ontario right here in Prescott and Russell United Counties.


For more information please visit:  http://en.prescott-russell.on.ca/

Alfred Bog Walk

Alfred Bog Walk. The largest high-quality, peat bog in Southern Ontario has been building for 10,000 years at the confluence of the Ottawa and South Nation Rivers. Peat bogs are an exceedingly rare habitat and the 10,000 acres in Alfred support equally rare species...

J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area

J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area is 16 acres of green space, trails, and country clean air, nestled in a subdivision. This is a 1980 land donation to SNC to provide a public recreational area for generations to come. The park links with the Russell Township New York...

Larose Forest Trails

The 180 kilometres of roads and trails within the Larose Forest are ideal for walking, hiking and mountain biking. In winter there are more than 60 km of trails for skiing on. Link to trails maps:...

Lavigne Natural Park

Following a request from a group of volunteers of Lavigne Road, Lavigne Natural Park was opened December 8, 2007 by the City of Clarence­Rockland. Located Northwest of Bourget, at the intersection of Marcil and Lavigne Road, this beautiful land of 50 acres is a small...

New York Central Fitness Trail

Between 1898 and 1957, the New York Central Fitness Trail, was used as the main railway between Ottawa and New York. It was purchased in 1979 by the township and converted into the trail and bike path as we know it today. The trail is 10 km long and links the villages...

Pax Trail

Pax Trail is a beautiful walking trail with benches and a scenic view of the Castor River. Trail entrances are located at the end of Manitou Street, Larose Lane, Forest Lane and Maple Grove. Pax Trail is just one of the many nature trails and hiking trails you can...

Prescott Russell Recreation Trail

The Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail spans a distance of 72 kilometres, linking several municipalities of the United Counties with the cycling networks of Quebec and the Ottawa region. Built on an old railway bed, this gravel trail lends itself well to various...

Voyageur Provincial Park Trails

Voyageur Provincial Park Trails Coureur des Bois Trail – 1.5km loop, 45 minutes, easy to moderate This trail is the main park hiking trail. It winds through several terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Interpretive plaques are located at spots of interest. Voyageur...

W. E. Burton Conservation Area

W. E. Burton Conservation Area. Explore 3 km of nature trails winding alongside the Castor River at W.E. Burton Conservation Area. Enjoy hiking, a serene picnic in the pines, shoreline fishing, and a spectacular view of the Russell Dam. Link to trail map: Click to...