Larose Forest sign on County Road 8 south of Bourget. Photo: James Morgan.

Trails in Larose Forest open

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) say that the trails in the Larose Forest opened to the public Saturday, May 16.

This reopening follows the end of the annual spring thaw period as well as the recent provincial announcement regarding the reopening of provincial parks. Walking and biking trails, as well as ATV, motorcycle and horseback-riding trails, will be available as of Saturday morning.

Please note that only the trails accessible from the P1 and P7 parking lots (in the Limoges sector) will be open. The trails accessible from the P4 parking lot in Bourget remain closed, as well as the parking lot, as the conditions are still too wet.

The UCPR wishes to advise that trail use will be unidirectional (one-way), as per recommended guidelines. Regulations related to COVID-19 remain in effect, including the maintenance of a minimum physical distance of two metres (six feet), and a maximum group size of five people.

Although the washrooms have been installed, they cannot be sanitized on a regular basis. The Henri Latreille shelter will remain closed, in accordance with provincial regulations. The UCPR is also requesting that anyone experiencing signs of COVID-19 remain at home and not enter the trail network.

Larose Forest staff would like to thank residents for respecting the trail closures, which were put in place in the early days of the pandemic due to the spring thaw as well as to support action against the spread of COVID-19.

For more information about the Larose Forest, please visit http://arcg.is/2ihyJLk.

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