For those wanting to escape the crowds of Ottawa, Gatineau Park on the Quebec side of the rivers is only 15 minutes away -- if you don't get stuck crossing a bridge. Hundreds of kilometres of trails are open to walkers and mountain bikers, and in the winter to cross-country skiers. The park is very large, and it is possible to escape to a real wilderness experience. Wild animals such as beavers and deer are quite common. Others such as coyotes, black bears and timber wolves inhabit the park, but are less commonly encountered.

1999 Richard McGuire


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