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Distance

0.76 mi

Elevation gain

725 ft

Technical difficulty

Difficult

Elevation loss

89 ft

Max elevation

1,011 ft

Trailrank

34

Min elevation

287 ft

Trail type

One Way
  • Photo of Parc de la Gatineau Park (Luskville Falls Trail)
  • Photo of Parc de la Gatineau Park (Luskville Falls Trail)
  • Photo of Parc de la Gatineau Park (Luskville Falls Trail)
  • Photo of Parc de la Gatineau Park (Luskville Falls Trail)
  • Photo of Parc de la Gatineau Park (Luskville Falls Trail)
  • Photo of Parc de la Gatineau Park (Luskville Falls Trail)

Time

42 minutes

Coordinates

99

Uploaded

June 20, 2011

Recorded

June 2011
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1,011 ft
287 ft
0.76 mi

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near Pontiac, Quebec (Canada)

Luskville Falls Trail — 4.5 km
The Luskville Falls Trail has a 290-metre climb up the rocky slope of the Eardley Escarpment. At the top you have a superb view of the Ottawa River Valley. Along the way, learn about plants and trees on the escarpment, the most spectacular ecosystem in Gatineau Park. Dogs and pets are not permitted on the Luskville Falls Trail.

The Eardley Escarpment is home to the richest and most fragile ecosystem in Gatineau Park. The Escarpment forms the dividing line between the rock of the Canadian Shield (which covers more than half of Canada) and the St. Lawrence Lowlands. It rises 270 metres from the floor of the Ottawa Valley and extends over more than 30 kilometres.

The geology and location of the Eardley Escarpment make it a special ecosystem. Its southern exposure ensures a hot, dry microclimate similar to the forests of the American Midwest. Because of this unique microclimate, the Escarpment is home to many rare species. More than half of Gatineau Park’s about 145 at-risk plant and animal species are found on the Eardley Escarpment.

Plants
In Quebec, the Eardley Escarpment features the greatest number of plant species at risk. We list roughly 50 species, mainly herbaceous plants, in addition to trees, including the white oak, the butternut, and the eastern red cedar. The eastern red cedar (or eastern juniper) is a species that is extremely rare in Quebec. The Escarpment contains more than 80% of all eastern red cedar trees inventoried in the province. This small tree can live for a very long time. The oldest surveyed in the park is over 400 years old.

Wildlife
The Escarpment houses Quebec’s only known population of juniper hairstreak, a rare, green-winged butterfly. Its caterpillar feeds on the leaves of the juniper tree without damaging the tree.

The majority of Gatineau Park’s white-tailed deer spend winter on the Escarpment because the area is well protected from cold, northerly winds.

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