Out of all the outdoor activities one can do, hiking is my absolute favourite. My love for the activity started when I was very young. My dads side of the family would spend Thanksgiving weekend together in the Thousand Islands, and as a huge group we would hike up to the top of Blue Mountain. Enjoying the glorious fall colours all while climbing to the top of the mountain to take in the spectacular view was always a huge treat for me, and truly stemmed my love for hiking. My feelings grew tenfold when I moved out to Vancouver, Canada and was able to take part some of the most spectacular hikes out there. Having since moved back to my home city I am always looking for another great hiking adventure near by, and last weekend a few of us set out to Gatineau Park to do just that.
Though cold, and quite snow covered, the sun was blazing as we set out to the Willson Ruins. Mike and I had been to this particular spot before, but we wanted to show Kayla the truly beautiful treasure since she had never even been to Gatineau Park before. The three of us (and Emma) marched through the snowy trails to the site of the ruins, and since we had only been there once before in the fall it was incredible to see the flowing water surrounded by cascading icicles.
After visiting the ruins we headed back to the parking lot to meet some of Kayla’s friends, and check out another trail. We decided on a quick loop around the Sugar Bush Trail, which is a beautifully treed hike by the river. Since it was still pretty chilly out the trail was very quiet, and we were able to stop and take some photos before the sun started to go down.
Photography by Marguerite Belanger Photography
We all had an amazing time checking out some of the many trails in Gatineau Park, and given the recent change in weather, I can guarantee it won’t be long until we’re hitting the trails again soon!
Until next time,