Thursday, August 14, 2014

Quite A View

Another shot from Barron Canyon today. A canoe can be spotted far below, and having another hiker in the shot gives perspective and scale. The canyon was formed as a fault line, part of the massive slab of granite that is the Canadian Shield. It has more recent geological history- in the wake of the last ice age, the water that ran through here drained a glacial lake to the west. Its flow at that time has been estimated by geologists to be the equal of a thousand Niagaras. It is considerably calmer now. The Barron River flows out from Algonquin, joining the Petawawa River and emptying into the Ottawa River at Petawawa, up the valley from the capital.


  1. Massive! Granite! Slab! What power you show in your photo

    ALOHA from Honolulu
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  2. That is one of those places where you look down and want to see if you can fly. Looks awesome & scary

  3. Simply beautiful. And on such a grand scale.

  4. What a fantastic view and what a depth. I don't know if I would like to stand there ...

  5. Wow, what a place, beautiful !
    Is there a canoe in the water ?

  6. That is a great photo, lucky you you had someone ot the top and the boat below.

  7. that is so high up there. wow wee!! hope no one is afraid of heights??! ( :

  8. @Cloudia: thank you!

    @Bill: for me, awesome- heights has never been a problem!

    @Gerald: I have always thought so.

    @Stuart: it is.

    @Mike: quite grand.

    @Jan: it would give many people cause for concern.

    @Karl: it is, far below.

    @Marianne: one of those times when having a hiker close by is a good thing.

    @Revrunner: thanks!

    @Luis: I think so.

    @Beth: I'm not!

    @Marleen: thanks.

  9. That photo just confirms my interest in exploring that place!

  10. It's hard to comprehend a flow equal to a thousand Niagaras! Wow!

  11. That's a hike I'd like to venture on.

  12. Have you been to Bonnechere Caves? It's quite an experience, too!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  13. Wow, that is a fantastic view. I hope that person didn't get too close to the edge. I also love that you caught the kayaker below.

  14. What a brilliant stroke of luck to get the hiker AND canoeist in the shot at the same time William.. You can see that there must have been a mighty force to shape this canyon.

  15. @Furry Gnome: you must see it then.

    @EG: to have seen it with the eyes would have been a marvel. Some of the evidence includes massive sand deposits to the east in the Ottawa and St. Lawrence valleys.

    @EG: it is a pretty good hike.

    @Jennifer: I have! They're a pleasure.

    @Sharon: it was a momentary chance!

    @Grace: more than one mighty force!

  16. gosh, that's gorgeous! and daunting!

  17. Fascinating. Rock-granite mountains amaze me. Any little crevice dirt falls in and things grow. Love it. MB

  18. That's an awesome shot! I wouldn't want to get too close the the edge.

  19. I am getting a little nervous for that person on the ledge! ;-)

  20. No way would I stand that close to the edge!

  21. If I were the hiker, I'd be scared!

  22. Spectacular view, and great photo and commentary. The hiker certainly does put it into perspective. This is so being added to my list of places to visit.

  23. Wow, that's a great shot William. Having that person there makes you realize what a drop that is.

  24. @VP: thanks!

    @Tex: it is gorgeous country up there.

    @MB: thank you!

    @Eve: I've never seen paragliders up that way... aside, of course, from birds.

    @Judy: I've never had problems with the edges of these cliffs.

    @Halcyon: but it's such a great view!

  25. @Norma: the view will have to do, huh?

    @Cheryl: well, I'm a climber, so the height never bothers me.

    @Anita: it's one of three canyons I can think of offhand here in the province; the others are up in northern Ontario.

    @RedPat: thanks!

    @Denise: it is quite a drop.

    @Linda: thank you.

  26. You really do live in a beautiful area. I am very impressed with the time you take to respond to the people that visit your blog! PS. Thanks for the help you gave me yesterday re. finding an Irish blog.

  27. Stunning photo! What a gorgeous area! What a beautiful place to hike. Thanks so much for explaining the geology.

  28. Spectacular! Makes me weak in the knees to think of standing there though.

  29. Oh that made me dizzy just thinking about being up there with no railing! Great shot.

  30. I can't even look. Last week I did a bit of hiking and saw several hikers going right out to the edge of cliffs. Not for me!!!

  31. Whew, you must have been standing on an equally scary promontory taking this picture. The canoe really adds to the sense of space.

  32. Beautiful. And it looks so deliciously cool. We are sweltering in 100 degree heat here in Charleston.

  33. @Wilf: it is!

    @Mari: very much so.

    @Kate: this place is a treasure.

    @Kay: you're welcome.

    @Linda: I miss it.

    @Virginia: thanks!

    @Jack: I love that.

    @Antjas: it does!

    @Joan: one gets quite a breeze on those bluffs.