Sunday, November 8, 2015

Returning To The Waterfall

It's been a long while since I last featured Hog's Back Falls on the blog. Here at Mooney's Bay, the Rideau River and Rideau Canal separate for the last time as the two waterways head through the city on their way to the Ottawa River. This is the Hog's Back Locks on the Canal.

Beyond is the river it comes from- the Rideau River widens here into Mooney's Bay, and its course continues over to the left.

Lots of ducks and geese were lingering here late on the day I took these shots, a late September afternoon. In one case, a duck was dashing across the path and keeping an eye on me.

The river spills out over what's usually called Hog's Back Falls, and occasionally Prince of Wales Falls. It's a tumble of rapids and waterfalls spilling through a small canyon, with part of the water held in check by hydro works. I have more from here over the next two days.


  1. Why did the gosling cross the road? Ryan was over there, LOL
    Nice waters.

    ALOHA, Friend; Thrilled to be back!


  2. Looks really lovely and beautiful place.

  3. The Hog's Back Locks on the canal is so peaceful and calm and the ducks and geese are enjoying themselves. The Hog's Back Fall is very active! Have a great new week!

  4. I like the falls you have in Canada, wonderful.

  5. What beautiful sceneries! I especially love the photo of Mooney's Bay. Such gorgeous and peaceful view. Ducks and geese look very happy in the beautiful nature :-)

  6. Lovely reflections in the first shot and beautiful light in the sixth William.

  7. @Cloudia: hah!

    @Orvokki: it is. It's not that far from home for me, and yet I don't get down here as often as I should.

    @Nancy: it's a fine spot for water fowl during the season, though many of them are moving on south.

    @Marianne: this one's quite different from the Rideau Falls downstream.

    @Tamago: it's good parkland for them, so they're relatively undisturbed, even with people living and driving so close by.

    @Grace: thank you!

    @Gnome: I haven't mentioned it in a very long time, and it's something that often gets overlooked in tourist literature. I do know it's mentioned in a book on Ontario waterfalls.

  8. Waterfalls, ducks and geese. Three of my favorite things!

  9. the still waters and the waterfalls and the rocks. Don't find rocks like that down here. Thanx for your comment on Ocala - very funny!

  10. Pretty falls! I wish I lived little nearer to them!

  11. Why did the duck cross the road? To keep an eye on William!

    Such peaceful photos. Perfect for a Sunday.


  12. I love the falls, and the ducks and geese! :)

  13. Lots of beautiful water. Relaxing.

  14. That's an intersting twist in the river to make the falls. I'm going to my map to get an idea of the relation of the canal and two rivers .

  15. Ya just gotta love any place named Hogs Back Falls.

  16. Such a pretty place. There are lots of photo opportunities here.

  17. Great place, love the falls...

  18. A very beautiful area with the falls.

  19. @Norma: I suspect these birds come back here every year.

    @Lowell: the rocks around here are quite something to see. I'll have to look them up- there's something peculiar about the geology, as altered as it is.

    @EG: we don't have that many waterfalls in the eastern part of the province, as compared certainly to cottage country and the length of the Niagara Escarpment.

    @Janis: thank you!

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Pat: it is mesmerizing.

    @Carolann: thanks!

    @Red: as I understand it, man had quite an influence in making the falls what they currently are when that dam went up.

    @Stuart: it is a good name!

    @Sharon: and more to come. I should really come down here in the winter. It's not that far from home.

    @VP: thank you!

    @Marleen: it certainly is. It's good that the surroundings are kept as a park.

  20. It's so peaceful and I'd love to hear the rushing water!

  21. I really like those falls, William!

  22. So many interesting spots to stop and enjoy. Thanks for bringing us along.

  23. Beautiful scenes. A wonderful place to take a walk, thanks for sharing.

  24. @Ciel: I've always found it to be a very relaxing place.

    @RedPat: so do I!

    @Whisk: thanks!

    @Hilary: you're welcome.

    @Halcyon: thank you!

  25. gorgeous waterfalls, love the water reflections too. have a nice day! ( :

  26. Looks like a wonderful place for a late evening walk.

  27. All fab William, I never get fed up with lock gates these always texture and colour to photograph...

  28. Why did the duck cross the road?! Great photos. I haven't been there in ages!

  29. Those are wonderful falls. I can almost hear them in your shots!

  30. @Beth: thanks!

    @Tex: I certainly think so.

    @Revrunner: yes, and as it turns out I came home in darkness!

    @Geoff: these locks have character, as does the whole of the Canal.

    @Jennifer: it's a treat to see in any season.

    @Kay: I really should use the video feature the next time I'm there.

  31. Love this waterfall series. Beautiful place!