Petawawa Research Forest, established in 1917, is a 100 sq km tract of forested land. This public resource has been an area for research studies and demonstrations, as well as logging activities. The forest lies on the edge of the vast Canadian Shield and within the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence forest region. The terrain is covered with mixed forest. The prime forest species are white pine and aspen, followed by red oak, red pine, white birch, maple and white spruce.
How to get there
Travel west of Petawawa on Hwy 17 and just after a 4 lane stretch of highway turn left onto Clouthier Rd. Continue down Clouthier Rd and park on the side of the road in front of the Silviculutre building.
A NOTE TO SKIERS (From the Petawawa Research Forest)
- Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
- Keep your party together.
- Carry emergency gear such as: matches, ski tip, ice scraper, waxes, dry socks and mitts, extra sweater, jack knife, screwdriver, compass, cord, first aid kit, energy food, liquid, whistle.
- Take care on trails you are not familiar with.
- The trail may not be broken.
- Some open stretches may be drifted in.
- In the event that you find yourself lost, try to stay on the trail system or plowed roads; this way the search party will locate you easier.