Immerse yourself in nature at Luskville Falls near Ottawa
- Canada Travel Tips
- Friday, 04 May 2012 17:18
Admiring sights that boast natural beauty while on holiday can be a great way to spend time outdoors. Travellers who take tours of Ottawa this summer will have plenty of opportunities to try hiking and other activities in the city's natural surroundings. For instance, visitors should not miss spending some time in the Gatineau Hills, located on the Quebec side of the Rideau River.
The scenic park that is just outside the town of Luskville is ideal for active travellers who enjoy following trails and snapping photos of flora and fauna. Those who want to reach the highest point in the area can take a path up the side of a geocache that is roughly 412 metres tall, offering climbers views of the treetops and picturesque ponds to the south and southwest.
Some of the wildlife that hikers may spot while on the trails include beaver, deer, porcupine and the occasional bear. Bigger animals will migrate to the park, especially in the summer, for the wild berries and food. Blueberries can be picked by guests during the warmer months, too.
One of the biggest draws to the area is its waterfalls. Although they may not be the tallest or most grand cascades, the serene formations provide a tranquil backdrop for a break or picnic lunch. Travellers will want to visit in the spring or early summer to see the falls at their best, as the water tends to dry up when the temperature is at its peak in August.
Another reason many tend to venture to the park is for a look into the Lusk Caverns. This hidden gem outside Ottawa can be reached by an hour's walk from the parking lot at the front of the park. Guests should wear sturdy hiking boots and bring a flashlight if they plan on entering the cave because dirt and loose rocks can get slippery. Inside there are cracks and crevices to explore, many of which can only be reached by wading through water.
All of the attractions and activities in Luskville are free to the public and open throughout the summer. A visit to the waterfalls and caves can be a great way to mix up an urban vacation with some outdoor fun while taking tours of Ottawa.