Campsites Almost Ready!

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After extensive exploration, clearing, and simple contemplation, we have finally located all of our first 21 campsites. Chosen for their good views, elevation and drainage, unique natural features, proximity to trails, privacy and solar exposure and microclimate. Each site is practically invisible one to another – which translates to approximately 150′ to 200′ of physical separation. We have numbered the sites from 1 to 21, in order of their distance from our main entry and lodge area.

We have also given these sites provisional ‘nicknames’ – based on the features of the site, unlike so many place names that indicate what has only been displaced by development. These 21 sitea are located in 3 distinct microclimates and elevations;

A. The Ridge, Breezy, Facing South, at the top of a 155′ ridge overlooking the Ottawa River valley below

  • 1 – The Bowl – (glampsite) about 160′ from Site 1, named after the unique landform in front of it.
  • 2 – Riverview – (glampsite) because it is one of the best views from 155′ above la Riveière des Outaouais. This site is ideal for someone that needs to access their cabin by car.
  • 3 – The Junction – (glampsite) – because this is where the site road, 3 footpaths, and our waterline all meet at the top of the ridge. Great for someone who likes to socialize, or wants easy access to all of the features on site.
  • 4 – Midway – (campsite) well, because it is midway along the ridge!
  • 5 – Primo – (glampsite) this was where we placed our first glamping tent, because it has one of the best views, and has its own trail back to the main lodge and gardens, it also has a steep trail to the water. Primo is also the site where we one day hope to build an observation tower.
  • 6 – Last Call – (campsite) – just a little ways from the action, this regular tent site is the second last from the end of the ridge trail
  • 7 – Breeze – (campsite) Next to a farm field but still protected by the trees, this site will benefit from open breezes, and features a great ridge view among the birches – perfect for those who like kites, frisbees – or other open-air activities.

B. The Forest, shady spots in cedar and pine groves, near springs and 16′ above the PPJ trail

  • 8 – Frog Hollow – (campsite) – because I have never heard a more raucous bunch of greenies in my life, still well elevated from the wetlands, this is a pleasant spot surrounded by large Cedars and Pines.
  • 9 – The Steep – (campsite) – because it is at the foot of the steep trail down the ridge just down from The Junction (3)
  • 10 – Cedar Grove – (campsite) – What was once an impressive grove of white cedars, there are still a few left, but the clearing was made by logging operations 10 years ago.
  • 11 – Springline – (campsite) perched on a large knoll beside one of three natural spring fed creeks running to the Grande Rivière

C. The River – Sunny, open, right at the water’s edge at an elevation of approx. 16′ and metres away from the PPJ trail.

  • 12 – Midnight Run – (campsite) – A sunny campsite right on the river with Picnic Tables, bike racks, and an outhouse about 50′ away (downwind)
  • 13 – Sun Toad – (campsite) – A great spot to catch rays and listen to the largest creek where it meets the river
  • 14 – Unnamed Campsite
  • 15 – Unnamed Campsite
  • 16 – Beaver Creek – (campsite) –  cleared by our pet beaver – fortunately for us he did some clearing work right where we needed to install some solar panels for our sun-driven pumphouse!
  • 17 – Pine Glen – (campsite) – nestled in a nice group of white and red pines
  • 18 – Unnamed Campsite
  • 19 – Riverbend – (campsite) what is really cool here is the large, slow eddy that spins the main current backwards – keeping our swim dock stationary even in high waters.
  • 20 – Horsetail Grove – (campsite) – a nice flat clearing on a large plain before the river at the mouth of Le Grand Marais – a great spot for canoeists or kayakers to haul out and pitch tent
  • 21 – Dodge Creek – (campsite) – because there is still a Dodge Truck cab buried in it, circa 1930. This site is right where the DDLO kayak docks are located.

While we are still cutting, grading and mulching trails connecting these various sites, the grunt work is almost done. We will be receiving a new chipper/shredder at the end of April and so we plan to line each site and trails with a bed of bark and wood-scrap mulch. The property is an interesting study in the power of Nature to reclaim an area and ecosystem after a substantial logging operation took place a decade prior. Hundreds of immense White Pines and Cedars aged approx. 200 years+ were routed from the property, the remaining large pines and cedars having  strange shapes or nominal mill value, or proximity to our property lines. Fortunately, we still have many good trees as the site was not completely clearcut, especially lovely are our extensive groves of Birch. The sheer number and size of  poplar, birch, pine, maples and others is a living testimony of this power of reclamation. If we can only follow a policy of ‘do no harm’ – we can see a full recovery of this small area in my children’s lifetimes. I trust they will value the life of the flora here over its sheer economic value as a dumb resource.

The Cedars near the river are also re-establishing themselves. Selective cutting can still be rather indiscriminate it would seem, and operators likely do not value the aesthetic or function of a forest when then are working. This has made a lot of work for us in terms of shredding, moving or otherwise clearing scrap that was just strewn everywhere.

We’ll post photos of each site soon! These photos are already listed at Panorimo and can also be found in Google Earth at Fort Coulonge, QC. Download our siteplan here!

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