Rose Hill Nature Walk, July 28

  • Start date:
    July 28, 2018, 10:30 am
  • End date:
    July 28, 2018, 2:30 pm
  • Venue:
    Rose Hill Nature Reserve
  • Place:
    Rose Hill Rd, Denbigh

The Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust is planning a nature walk at Rose Hill Nature Reserve on July 28th.  This summer’s event will feature a hike along the Pumpkin Trail to Charlie’s Pond. The family of Charlie and Vera Armstrong, who were the original owners of this property, acquired in the WWII period, have installed a memorial bench at the picnic spot at Charlie’s Pond.  We’ll be holding a brief ceremony to honour Charlie and Vera and the beautiful legacy they have left us.

Hikers can gather at 10:30 a.m. near the entrance to the Pumpkin Trail, just before you reach the parking area beside Rose Lake. Pumpkin Trail was the original Road that settlers used to get from Rose Hill to Denbigh.   The Pumpkin Trail has been rutted by ATVs, so sturdy footwear is recommended.  Bring along a lunch to enjoy at the picnic spot.  After lunch, there will be an opportunity to hike the Hemlock Trail loop which adjoins Pumpkin Trail near the picnic spot.

Bethany Armstrong (left) with commemorative bench design contest winners, Ted & Sherry Oosterlaken

The Memorial Bench is the first installed under the provisions of the MMLT Commemorative Bench Program. It features a lovely cedar bench with decorated “Lone Pine” concrete seating. It is the work of Tuscany Concrete artists Ted and Sherry Oosterlaken of Tuscany Concrete, Fernleigh, Ontario a winner of our artists’ competition for bench design.

Directions to Rose Hill Nature Reserve are as follows:

  • From Renfrew/Ottawa, travel west on Hwy 132 for 29.5 km. Continue south on Hwy 41 for 65 km to Rose Hill Rd. and turn left.
  • From Carleton Place/Lanark/Almonte, check directions to get to Plevna on Hwy 509 and then take Buckshot Lake Rd. to Hwy 41. Turn right and travel north through Denbigh to Rose Hill Rd. and turn right.
  • From Kaladar at the junction of Hwy 7 and Hwy 41, travel north for 65.4 km to Rose Hill Rd. and turn right.
  • Follow Rose Hill Rd. for about 3.4 km. Park at road side beside Rose Lake.  Trail entrance is on the west side of the road, before parking area.