Natural Environment Parks
Bell Bay Provincial Park
Located on the shores of Bark Lake, this 558-ha Natural Environment Class park protects important earth and life science features, including representative rock types of the ancient Algonquin Batholith. The park is characterized by mixed conifer-hardwood forests, and includes an example of a Black Ash swamp. In the geographic Township of Jones, now in the Municipal Township of Madawaska Valley, in the County of Renfrew.
Westmeath Provincial Park
This 610-ha Natural Environment Class park features an active sandspit that encloses Bellows Bay, a former channel of the Ottawa River. A sandy point and beach ridges covered by Bur Oak are found here. Waterfowl, shorebirds, and turtles nest in this habitat which is also an important site for migrating birds. There are no visitor facilities. Users may only access the park by non-mechanized methods such as walking or biking. The use of ATV’s is prohibited. However, hiking, boating, swimming and nature study may still be enjoyed.