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“One of the Few Remaining Woodlots of Old Growth White Pines”

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Gillies Grove and House National Historic Site
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Now a National Historic Site (1994), Gillies Grove is an expanse (56.5 acres) of old growth forest (sugar maple, yellow birch, American beech, eastern hemlock, and basswood) and a rare remnant of the magnificent forests that once covered the region. It is also home to Ontario’s tallest tree, a white pine, at approximately 45 metres. Gillies Grove is located in the northern outskirts of Arnprior. For more than 125 years, the McLachlins and the Gillies, two great lumbering families, owned and conserved the grove. In a clearing, the Gillies built a fine, Colonial Revival home in 1937 to showcase the white pine products grown, harvested, and milled in the area. Unfortunately, the house is now in private hands and no longer accessible to the public. Gillies Grove, on the other hand, is owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and open to all. It is managed with the help of volunteers and definitely work a visit. A network of 27 public trails runs through the grove. The central trail (2.7 kilometres) runs off Ottawa Street.

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Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

We were in awe of the huge straight white pines, which we understand are over 200 years old. The woods are mixed deciduous and coniferous and a very peaceful place to walk on the well-maintained trails. We’re grateful that this biological relic has been preserved and protected.

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Reviewed 18 June 2018

the grove is a beautiful area for a walk and take in the vista over looking the ottawa river which dense forrest and great trails

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

When you leave the road behind and step into the Grove it's like stepping into another world. The sun streaming in through the tall trees is truly magical in all seasons. The paths lead through woods, clearing, and beside the river. There is a lovely view across the river in several places. The mix of trees and shrubs provide a beautiful surrounding, especially in autumn. It is possible to walk for as short a time as 5 minutes, or as long as a hour or so. And, although you feel like you're miles away from civilization, you're never far from an entrance. Whether you want a quite place to reflect, a pleasant stroll, or a bit of exercise the Grove is a super place to go. Bug repellent is advised in the summer.

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Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Beautiful scenery! Trails are well marked and maintained. The best little secret in Arnprior. A must for nature lovers! Just watch out for unmarked drop offs by the waterfront.

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