Friday, April 20, 2012

Lac Leamy

Walking round this inlet of the Gatineau River can give you a nice view of the sunset looking towards the Gatineau Hills from the eastern beach. On the opposite side of the water by the parking lot is the Bistro Le St. Eloi and a place where you can rent canoes (or, in the winter, skates, skis or snowshoes).

Wikipedia image
The lake is named after Andrew Leamy, an Irish settler in the region who operated a mill near the lake. He was married to Erexina Wright, the granddaughter of Hull's founder, Philemon Wright. The area became heavily industrialized in the nineteenth century. [...] In the 1960s much of the area around the lake was turned into a large park. (Wikipedia)
Between Lac Leamy and the adjoining Lac de la Carrière, a former quarry, is the Casino and Hilton Hotel.

On Wednesday evening, we saw a pair of loons * on the water and banks of violets flowering against fallen logs. Commandeered by a French speaking instructor, a ladies' fitness group kept overtaking us on the path round the lake, looking like a delegation from the Monty Python Ministry of Silly Walks.

* On second thoughts, I think they were mergansers.

No comments:

Post a Comment