So the other day, we decided to visit Voyageur Provincial Park, which is right near the Quebec/Ontario border. We were all mystified about why the gates were closed on the road in, and why no one was there, because gosh darn it, Gordon read on the internet that the place didn't close until 4:30 pm, and we were there well before that.
Being the naughty hooligans we are, we walked in anyway. It wasn't until we'd come home and I checked the internet again that I saw that the park is actually closed from mid-October to December, when it re-opens for cross-country skiing. Oops! So we were in the verboten park. Naughty, naughty us. On the upside, we had the place to ourselves. And in our defence, I must say it was damn hard to find the hours online!
I took so many photos, I am going to split this into two posts.
The dying embers of the fall colours were quite beautiful. The trees would have been at their autumn best about two weeks earlier, but it was still very pretty.
There's my favourite criminal trespasser!
Beavers are very active in the park, which sits on the Ottawa River and has several lovely beaches. Here's a beaver lodge we found near the campground.
I do love autumn in Canada, especially around here where there are lots of maple trees.
You see splashes of colour everywhere you look.
Not to mention unusual forest creatures!
And because of the beavers, there are lots of beaver control devices!
That tree in the middle was cut down by a beaver. Click on the photo to enlarge and you can see the typical beaver-gnawing marks!
I am really bad at identifying berries and plants and trees. My friend Ronna would know what these are!
And I do know the name of these red berries, but I'm damned if I can remember it! People love to decorate with boughs of them at Christmas time.
We saw lots of interesting fungi at the park. Hey, did you hear about the mushroom salesman? He was a really fungi (fun guy!) Ar ar ar ar ar!
Mother Nature sure does some spectacular things!
PS Gordon just did a blog post on five things you need to know about income tax law in Canada (for the ordinary Canadian mortal.) Check it out!