9 Scenic Waterfalls You Need To Visit Around Ottawa
Fallin' for you.
Niagara Falls, if you could please move to the side, thanks. In and around Ottawa, there's no shortage of charming waterfalls. Whether they're short or massive, waterfalls will always be a perfect place to unwind and take some impressive photos. We gathered a compilation of some of our favourite waterfalls nearby Canada's capital for you to enjoy:
Hog's Back Falls
A twenty minute walk from Carleton University will lead you to these gorgeous artificial waterfalls that rush through a rugged canyon.
You'll find these famous falls on the Ottawa River within walking distance of Rideau Hall and the National Research Council. You could also reach these by foot from the National Art Gallery in about fifteen minutes.
Princess Louise Falls
An Orleans gem that towers in clear view from St. Joseph Blvd -- one of the major roads "down the hill" in the suburb. There's plenty of walking trails that can lead you to this very accessible and scenic waterfall.
A Gatineau Park landmark that can be reached by foot using the Luskville Falls Trail.
An unavoidable spectacle that rips through the core of the town of Almonte, just a thirty minute drive from downtown Ottawa.
Bridal Veil Falls
You can catch these quaint falls at the Mackenzie King Estate on the undemanding Lauriault-Waterfall Trails loop. Former Prime Minister Mackenzie King used to traverse the very same trail on ritual wilderness walks when he lived on the former property (now mostly ruins).
Chutes de Plaisance
An hour's drive outside of Ottawa on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River. These dramatic falls drop 63 metres in height where the water flows tremendously and can be easily observed from a nearby hiking trail. Note: There's a six dollar admission fee to access the area.
Moulin Wakefield Mill
These falls, flowing from the Gatineau River, can be found in gorgeous Wakefield beside the Moulin Wakefield Mill.
Wilson Carbide Mill
A short three kilometre loop will take you to these famous ruins nearby Lac Meech in Gatineau Park. Make sure to arrive before noon to avoid the crowds in the summer.