A Fall Day along the Ottawa River


Fall is still lovely here and I’m enjoy­ing the cold, crisp air after all the humid­ity this sum­mer. But the true perk of the sea­son is the stun­ning fall foliage.

On a beau­ti­ful fall day, we headed to the Ottawa River—cooler tem­per­a­tures by the water usu­ally bring the best fall fea­tures, includ­ing inter­est­ing clouds and vibrant tree colours.

We started on Bate Island, halfway between Ottawa and Gatineau, on the Ottawa River. While the trees weren’t as colour­ful as I had expected (still green in Octo­ber!), the sky was amaz­ing and there were sev­eral rock sculp­tures stand­ing on the shal­low water, sim­i­lar to the ones in Remic Rapids a bit fur­ther. We also spot­ted a flock of geese, kayak enthu­si­asts (the water must have been super cold!) and about a hun­dred squir­rels chas­ing each other and being gen­er­ally too quick for me to even attempt to snap a pic.

Our sec­ond stop was Lemieux Island, off Mecanicsville. From there, we had a good view on Nichols Island, Young Island, Bell Island and Fury Island—small islands that are off-limits but are no doubt bird sanctuaries.

Finally, we stopped in Gatineau, Que­bec, by the famous Museum of Civ­i­liza­tion. This spot offers one of the best direct views on Par­lia­ment Hill and Ottawa, across the river, and for once it wasn’t crowded—we had the place to ourselves.

You can see all the Fall pic­tures on the Ottawa (Fall) set on Flickr.

Down­town Ottawa from Bate Island

The Ottawa River from Bate Island

The Ottawa River from Bate Island

Two Cyclists Tak­ing a Break, Bate Island

Kayak­ing Les­son on Bate Island

Geese on Bate Island

Geese on Bate Island

Caught in the Wire, Bate Island

Geese on Bate Island

Sculp­tures on the Ottawa River, Bate Island

Cloud Reflec­tion in the Ottawa River, Bate Island

Fall Colours on Lemieux Island

Fall Colours on Lemieux Island

Fall Colours on Lemieux Island

Par­lia­ment Hill from the Museum of Civ­i­liza­tion, Gatineau

Reflec­tion in the Museum of Civ­i­liza­tion, Gatineau

Alexan­dra Bridge from Gatineau

The Par­lia­ment from Gatineau

Down­town Ottawa from Gatineau

Paint­ing the Sky?

36 Weeks Preg­nant Belly, Gatineau


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. It’s crazy how thin you were even when pregnant!

    I used to love the Civil­i­sa­tion museum, I would always bug my par­ents to visit it when we were in Ottawa! I haven’t been in for years!

    • And trust me, I felt huge!! I guess no mat­ter how big/small you really are, it’s a huge body change. The Museum of Civ­i­liza­tion is indeed an awe­some place, I spent hours there but I haven’t vis­ited in a while either.

  2. Hi Zhu,

    These are lovely col­ors and tex­tures. There is so much seren­ity in Autumn. Hop­ing that every­thing is fine with you.


  3. So true! We went to the Gatineau Park last fri­days and from the look­out, you could see the whole Ottawa val­ley painted in red, yel­low, brown and green. Fall is beau­ti­ful in Ottawa (I’m not biased ;p )

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