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CHEMIN PILON (ROAD)

Spring: **  Summer: **  Fall: **  Winter: *

        Independent Directions to this Site: From Boulevard des Allumettières or Highway 148, take the Chemin Eardley exit in Aylmer. Turn right or northwest onto Chemin Eardley or the continuation of Highway 148 and proceed 21.7 km northwest on Eardley to Chemin Pilon (Pilon Road). Turn right or north onto Pilon and drive 1.5 km to the left hand turn of the road at the escarpment. Park near here.
        Eardley Escarpment & Gatineau Park Northwest Route Directions: From Luskville Falls Trail parking area, return south 0.3 km to Chemin de l'Hôtel-de-Ville. Turn right or west an drive 0.7 km to Highway 148 (Chemin Eardley). Turn right or northwest and drive 3.8 km to Chemin Pilon. Turn right or north onto Pilon and drive 1.5 km to the left hand turn of the road at the escarpment. Park near here for the next site on this route, Chemin Pilon (Road).
Google Satellite Image Map of the Chemin Pilon (Road) Area
Google Satellite Image Map of the Chemin Pilon (Road) Area

        Site Description and Birding Information: Walk to the northwest along the base of the escarpment on this rustic wood road through the deciduous trees and farther along pasture on one side and treed hillside on the other. Both Bald and Golden Eagles can be seen over the escarpment in this area in winter and increasingly at other times of year. Migrant and breeding land birding is good here. On November 21, 2010 a Townsend's Solitaire was found in the junipers this side of the second barrier along this track.
         The old roadbed (dirt track) also attracts many butterflies in season. Other flies and mosquitos are also present in excellent numbers (so be prepared).
        Eardley Escarpment & Gatineau Park Northwest Route Directions: From where you are parked at the bend of Chemin Pilon (Road), return the 1.5 km to Highway 148 (Chemin Eardley). Turn right or northwest and drive 3.8 km to Chemin Eardley-Masham (a.k.a. Ramsay Lake Road). Turn right or north onto the next site on this route, Chemin Eardley-Masham (Ramsay Lake Road).
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Last update:  November 23, 2010