NeilyWorld  Birding Ottawa - Southeast - Rideau River East Side


MAPLE ISLAND

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

         Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 118 (Nicholas Street). Avoid doing this during rushhour! Go northwest 1.8 km to Rideau Street and turn right or northeast onto it. In 0.3 km King Edward Avenue will be on the left or northwest side. From the corner of Rideau Street and King Edward Avenue, turn left or northwest onto King Edward and proceed 1.2 km to the Minto Bridges. Turn right or NNE onto the bridges and cross them to Stanley Avenue in 0.4 km. Park on Stanley as close as possible to the bridge.
         Rideau River East Side Route Directions: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 118 (Nicholas Street). Avoid doing this during rushhour! Go northwest 1.8 km to Rideau Street and turn right or northeast onto it. In 0.3 km King Edward Avenue will be on the left or northwest side. From the corner of Rideau Street and King Edward Avenue, turn left or northwest onto King Edward and proceed 1.2 km to the Minto Bridges. Turn right or NNE onto the bridges and cross them to Stanley Avenue in 0.4 km. Park on Stanley as close as possible to the bridge.
Map of Maple Island area
Map of Maple Island area
         Site Description and Birding Information: This small island is near the mouth of the Rideau River. You must walk back along the bridge to the island, 100 metres from Stanley Avenue. There is access to either side from the bridge. Much of this tiny island's charm comes from the fact that there are no vehicles there. The narrow eastern channel has a marsh on the far side. The southern portion is groomed but still has an edge of bushes and trees and scattered trees throughout, excellent for migrants in season. The even smaller northern portion of the island is overgrown with trees and has only a few paths roaming through it, less visibility for birding but great for skulkers.
         This site is adjacent the Green Island site from the Rideau River West Side tour.
View of Maple Island (between bridges) from Green Island
View of Maple Island (between bridges) from Green Island
        Rideau River East Side Route Directions: Leave your car where it is and instead of returning all the way to Stanley Avenue, go to the right after the bridge and enter our next site on this route, New Edinburgh Park.
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Last update:  October 28, 2009