My fall colours continue today, but from the Quebec side of the Ottawa River, up in Gatineau Park, where I last ventured in May when Tom and his wife were visiting. Fall Rhapsody is the name of a program that has been going on for some years. The National Capital Commission administers this federal park, which occupies much of the Gatineau Hills north and northwest of the city of Gatineau, part of the Les Collines-des-l'Outaouais municipality. The NCC, a federal agency, has worked with the city of Gatineau's transit system to give free shuttle buses out of both Ottawa and Gatineau into Gatineau Park on the weekends from the end of September into the first three weekends of October. The service is well used, allowing you to step on and step off at several locations. I went up two weeks ago today. I'll be showing you for the next three days, and then picking up in November, my stops in reverse of where I went that day. My last stop of the trip will occupy the first two posts, and it is Pink Lake.
Pink Lake is nestled in among the hills, and is a special place. Named for the Pink family who settled here in the 1830s, it looks blue this time of year, but takes on a green look in summer, a result of algae in the lake. There is a lookout along the parkway, where I was standing, with a wooden structure making up a second level. A hiking trail goes around the lake, accessible from here and a main parking lot a short distance away. Research on the lake has shown it to be a rarity- water below 13 metres contains no oxygen. It is called a meromictic lake- simply put, the waters don't mix that well as most lakes. Few lakes in the world are like this. Plaques set up around the lookout explain more.
At this point in the day my camera batteries were running low, seriously needing a charge. I had photographed a lot at other spots, so I decided I'd go down along the trail for at least a stretch to see how much more I could photograph.
The way along the trail requires staircases in some places. Here's a look up and down from the lookout spot.
The trail brings you down closer to the lake shore, which is particularly beautiful in fall. I have more from here tomorrow.