A Drive Through Cottage Country

As I mentioned in my last post, I drove up to the cottage on Saturday. It takes me North-east of the city of Gatineau, Quebec within the region of the Outaouais. Although the Outaouais isn’t officially called “cottage country” – that’s reserved for the Laurentians (or Laurentides) – it is still rich in lakes and hills. Most of the people I know in Ottawa who own a cottage, own it there. I haven’t traveled much in the Western part of the Outaouais but my favourite areas are centred around Val-des-Bois to Wakefield. Up near Bowman and the Riviere du Lievre and then down along the Gatineau River are some of the most scenic areas of the drive. I had planned to take a lot more photos than I did. Many areas along the winding 307 are not good places to stop safely, but I managed a few shots and thought I would share them with you.

Riviere du Lievre along the 307.
Riviere du Lievre along the 307.
The 307 goes between the rock cliffs and the waters.
The 307 goes between the rock cliffs and the waters.
The MacLaren Cemetery in Wakefield. The Gatineau River is on the other side of the hills.
I had to take a photo of this notice. Whatever you do, don't walk over the graves!
I had to take a photo of this notice. Whatever you do, don’t walk over the graves!

That's me!
That’s me!
And finally, just for posterity, and to show off a little…I did swim in the lake at the cottage on June 15th. It was probably about 15 C (59 F) if I was lucky. We Canadians are TOUGH!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Enjoy the rest of the week. Take the road less traveled. That’s where all the jewels are.


8 thoughts on “A Drive Through Cottage Country

  1. Good morning Isobel: What a great way to start my day…love the pictures, thanks for sharing! I cant believe you were in swimming already!!!Not me, still too cold, of course, when I was younger and the boys were younger we were in much earlier than I get in now, ha ha, maybe the long weekend… Have a great day, maybe see you at Pushman Sharon



    1. Good morning, Sharon. ๐Ÿ™‚ It took me a longgggg time to get in. Feet, then legs, then butt, then middle, then shoulders… Breathing hard… Then head. Lol! But honestly it felt so good after sweating it out with the lawn mower for 90 minutes! I just might see you at the park. Have a wonderful day!


  2. The temperature of Peruvian seawater is cold. I’ve never measured it, but I can assure you we are used to cold temperatures when we get into the water at the beach.
    PD: beautiful landscape.


    1. Hi Gabriela. I have the impression that it neither gets very hot nor very cold in Peru. Is that correct? As for here the best swimming is late August when the waters have had time to warm up. It’s still cool but tolerable. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day.


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