I headed over to the Quebec side of the Ottawa River to take in some tulips at a couple of spots in Gatineau. Jacques Cartier Park was the first, and here we have views of tulips against bushes alongside the park.
A portion of the park is undergoing rehabilitation at the moment and was fenced off. That area just happens to include the main tulip beds (though there was an open area of fence allowing for the photographer to come in). Have a look at the river- there's a line of piers anchored out in the water, but the river itself had gone above its normal banks, seen in the trees standing in water where they usually line the shore.
I took advantage of the opportunity to photograph the tulips, most of them yellows and oranges.
Plus the occasional rogue tulip.
Here we have a view that includes the Alexandra Bridge and the Peace Tower beyond it.
Leaving the park, I paused to photograph this statue with tulips beyond it. Maurice "Rocket" Richard was a legend of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team in the 1940s and 50s, an intense and gifted player of the game who is still beloved in Quebec. This larger than life statue is a good photo op, particularly with tulips, and distributes much of its weight through the hockey stick and one of the legs, a testament to the skill of the artist.
Turning around gives a view of our destination for tomorrow, the Canadian Museum of History, which has some tulips on the grounds during the time of the festival.