The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) says that construction of the new Visitor Centre in the Larose Forest is underway. A project valued at $980,000, this visitor centre will allow for the rental of equipment, such as bicycles and snowshoes, and will provide a relaxation area for users as well as a source of drinking water.

The construction of the Visitor Centre represents an important partnership between the UCPR and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. FedDev Ontario has invested $350,000 through the Canadian Experiences Fund, while the UCPR is investing $630,000 for road upgrades, parking, and stormwater management improvements.

“The UCPR is extremely excited to open our new Visitor Centre for the coming fall season, following an already record-breaking year of trail usage in our majestic forest,” stated Pierre Leroux, Warden of the UCPR Council.

“The Larose Forest staff would also like to thank our residents and visitors for complying with the new safety standards for trail use since the reopening and for supporting actions against the spread of COVID-19,” added Louis Prévost, Director of Planning and Forestry for the UCPR.

“We are pleased to support this important investment for the community of Prescott and Russell as part of the Canadian Experiences Fund,” explained Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. “The construction of a visitor centre in the Larose Forest will allow tourists to access and enjoy the natural beauty of this geographically-rich region.”

The UCPR would like to thank the Government of Canada for its significant financial support. For more information on the Larose Forest, visit