Photo Essay: Autumn Foliage at Gatineau Park & Canada’s Two Prime Ministers, Mackenzie King and Lester B. Pearson

Two Great Canadian Prime Ministers, Mackenzie King and Lester B. Pearson, Peep into Gatineau Park’s Autumn Foliage

Ottawa, a city of a million people has a magnificent nature parks in its vicinity with some of the most spectacular foliage that autumn (fall) has to offer.

A 15 minute drive from downtown Ottawa brings you to the majestic Gatineau Park – a 361 kilometre nature park with 50 lakes, 5 eco-systems, miles of biking and hiking trails, and hundreds of species of birds, plants as well as mammals and trees. Annually, 2.7 million visits are made to the park whose autumn foliage may be compared with the best that the New England States of Vermont and New Hampshire.

Gatineau Park has unique shopping and restaurant around its outskirts and in nearby picturesque towns such as Wakefield.

Both Gatineau Park and Wakefield also have lots to offer in terms of our history. Canada’s longest serving Prime Minister, Mackenzie King, built an estate in Gatineau Park while Lester Pearson, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is buried in Wakefield’s historic MacLaren’s cemetery.

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