Even with the hydro works beyond it, the Chaudiere Falls impresses. My first real exposure to it was in 2017, when for a month or so this was the setting of a multimedia light show, Miwate, marking the country's 150th anniversary with a nightly First Nations presentation.
It's different in and of itself by day, with the waters roiling and tumbling. I can see its power- to the First Nations people who knew this place for thousands of years, and to the new eyes of Champlain seeing it for the first time.
Another look back downstream. The contrast between the two bridges is striking. In 2019, when we had high waters in the spring, the Chaudiere Bridge in the foreground was closed entirely.