100 Places | Canada | Travel

№ 5 – Gatineau Park, Quebec, Canada

April 23, 2014

The pho­to is actu­al­ly from the Macken­zie King Estate but it’s with­in the Gatineau Park so I’m not real­ly cheat­ing. The oth­er pho­to I have of the park is kind of bor­ing so this one will have to do it. 

William Lyons Macken­zie King is the 10th Prime Min­is­ter of Canada. This estate was his sum­mer home. Upon his death, he left his estate to the peo­ple of Canada. I was espe­cial­ly inter­est­ed in all the ruins that can be found all over the estate but was some­what dis­ap­point­ed to learn that the ruins were more like sal­vaged parts of var­i­ous demol­ished build­ings and not real­ly ruins of build­ings that used to be in the estate. It was still inter­est­ing to learn where the ruins came from. I think the arch in the pic­ture came from a now demol­ished bank build­ing.

And gosh, if you are a bug mag­net like me, do not, and I repeat, DO NOT vis­it Gatineau Park in the spring­time. The black flies will eat you alive! They are such a bunch of tiny, blood-suck­ing, flesh-eat­ing jerks!

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