Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Walktober - Gatineau Park

It was a beautiful fall day out so I decided we should go and see Fall Rhapsody in the Gatineau Park. On the weekends if the weather is nice, it's almost impossible to go as the parking lots are just packed. They do have a shuttle that runs to many of the trail heads but since dogs are not allowed on the shuttle that's not an option for me and the boys.

Today we went up the the Champlain Lookout (Champlain Belvedere, in French). It was a bit disappointing as the lookout was blocked off with signs saying it was dangerous and was under repair.  But we did hike the Champlain Loop trail and got some nice pictures of the Ottawa Valley. 

Champlain Lookout

Ottawa Valley

Ottawa River

The trails was pretty easy but they do make the steps a little big for us short people and little dogs.

Beckett looking down a ravine

Keltic, ready to go.

Trail stairs
There were relatively few people today but still more than I expected.  After we did the Champlain Loop, we drove back down the parkway to the King Mountain trail but found out that dogs are not permitted on that trail so we headed further down to the Lauriault Trail that I knew was dog friendly.  This trail is a longer than the first one we did and is not a loop so you have to walk back the way you came if you want to go back to the parking lot and your car. You can make it a loop by doing the Waterfall trail, crossing the parkway, then working your way back to the Lauriault trail parking lot.

We turned around at the falls. They weren't much to see at this time of the year, there hasn't been enough rain so they were just a trickle. 

I'm not a very religious person but I do believe that there is a creator for this universe. A. All I could think of today was that I was walking through a temple of light and air, how could there not be something that had a hand in it's design.   The camera does not do it's beauty justice, especially when your camera is just your smart phone.

One last photo op at the lookout on the Lauriault trail and then we headed back to the parking lot and well deserved drink of water before heading home.

If you want to read some other Walktober blog posts, head on over to Change is Hard and read Walktober - Katie's Way or Breezes at Dawn for the Officially Walktober post. We may just get out for another Walktober adventure.


  1. Gorgeous walks. Love those Autumn colours. Both walks look great...but we think they should all be dog-friendly!

    1. I found out after I got home the King Mountain trail is rated as difficult so maybe it was a good thing it wasn't dog friendly.

  2. Oh my … what a gorgeous area. You two picked a wonderful place to share. Which one of you is the photographer? You are welcome to come on my walk.

  3. Wow - what a beautiful walk you guys had and what gorgeous photos!

  4. Oh my, what wonderful color you have! Way more than we have at this point. Such a beautiful place you have.

  5. I enjoyed walking with you all today - a beautiful post with incredible views! The weather looks perfect. Your dogs seem sweet and very well behaved (good sit/stay). :)

  6. Hi Helen -- over here from Robin's Breezes at Dawn. What a lovely spot for a walk -- and I'm delighted to "meet" you and your boys. What well-mannered guys they are, and what lovely Fall color!

  7. Such a gorgeous area, Helen. Loved your pictures.
    Isn't it frustrating how many parks in Canada (especially in Quebec) don't allow dogs? Drives me crazy.

    1. I've never camped in Quebec because of the policy about dogs. It is slowly changing though. I haven't had that problem at other provincial parks.

  8. I'm over here from Robin's blog. Thoroughly enjoyed your walk with those gorgeous boys! All that moss is amazing, as are those long-distance shots. You've got some lovely Fall color there.


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