Monday, August 27, 2018

A Waterfall Upon The River

The Hog's Back Falls can be found just to the north of Mooney's Bay, where the Rideau River and Rideau Canal part ways as they head into the heart of the city en route to the Ottawa River. Taking their name from an engineer's description of the rocks, the river tumbles through this small gorge in a series of chutes and plunge falls, modified by the work of men who were building the Canal. Naturally speaking, this area looked different before damming of the river altered the shape of the falls. It is set in a park that allows for viewpoints from both sides. I was down here in late June photographing at the nearby Dragon Boat Festival, which I covered in a post at my writer's blog at the time. I decided to stop here as well.

This view looks downstream- the river itself pours out of the gorge on the right. The water levels were low when I visited, as some of those rocks downstream tend to be underwater at higher levels.

There are a number of historical plaques and display panels set in various spots along the course of the falls detailing the natural and human history of this area.

I took these views of the gorge from the bridge crossing over the dam.

On the east side, you get a different perspective of the waterfalls. It's a lovely place to visit.


  1. Beautiful falls. I can imagine the sounds of the water!

  2. Beautiful falls William, they look very wild !

  3. Waterfalls are always impressive to watch. In our flat country we never see them!

  4. ...waterfalls are such beautiful sights!

  5. gorgeous. looks like a peaceful sounding area. love the name. cool times. ( :

  6. @Nancy: I enjoy these waterfalls.

    @Karl: they do!

    @Marianne: we've got a lot of them.

    @Janis: it's quite a spot to visit.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Tom: they are indeed.

    @Beth: thank you!

  7. It is a lovely place to visit. I agree.
    : )

  8. What a very pretty area William, looks wonderful with the water flowing ✨

  9. What a lovely place that is, William!

  10. That's a very rough piece of river which gives the beauty to the area.

  11. @Catarina: I should really get down there more often.

    @Grace: it's quite a spot.

    @RedPat: it definitely is.

    @Red: it probably wouldn't kill someone, falling in there, but they'd be seriously battered.

    @Marie: thank you!

  12. What a beautiful falls, William. You have some wonderfully scenic country up there.

  13. That looks my kind of place for a visit.

  14. Beautiful falls, they must sound incredible.

  15. It sure does look like a lovely place to visit! I love it where there is historical plaques to read.

  16. Just beautiful! I would love to visit this magical set of waterfalls. :-)

  17. @Jeanie: this is quite a place to visit throughout the year.

    @Lady Fi: it is.

    @Marleen: definitely.

    @Rosemary: the place is easy enough to get to.

    @Aritha: thank you!

    @Bill: they do!

    @Jenn: this one has a good number of them strategically placed.

    @DJan: I enjoy seeing them whenever I'm in the area.

  18. Gorgeous waterfalls and lovely series of photos!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  19. Aren't the falls lovely, great series of photographs.

    All the best Jan

  20. Wonderful place. Good pictures.

  21. I used to take my kids here a lot! They are all in their 30s now!