It’s time to totally ruin your day, but in the best way possible.  For those who live to explore, you need to check out these eerie abandoned ruins near Ottawa. With a gorgeous waterfall rushing through the old mill, this spot is the perfect mix of spooky and beautiful.

Located roughly 30 minutes outside of the capital in Gatineau Park, this stunning area makes the perfect easy day trip. 

Here you’ll find the remnants of a building that once belonged to Thomas “Carbide” Willson, a Canadian inventor well known for discovering ways to mass-produce calcium carbide.

Hence the name. 

From parking lot 11 in Gatineau Park, you’ll travel by foot for about 30 minutes to reach the ruins. 

And once you arrive, you’ll probably never want to leave.

A communications representative from the National Capital Commission (NCC) tells Narcity that Gatineau Park is open right now and the ruins are accessible for visitors who practice social distancing. 

However, NCC stresses that swimming is not permitted at the site. 

So if you’re looking for new places to explore while you soak up the sun, why not head out to these abandoned ruins. 

You’re going to be waterfalling in love with this spot.

If you’re looking for chills and thrills, this creepy spot is sure to send them down your spine. 

But while you’re here, don’t forget to explore all the other breathtaking sites Gatineau Park has to offer. 

The views from this lookout spot will have you in complete awe. Not to mention all the other scenic hikes you can take in the area.

If you can make it out to the Carbide Willson ruins around sunset in particular, we highly recommend it.

With rays of golden light peeking through the crumbling walls and reflecting off of the water, you’ll be totally blown away by the picturesque scene.

So what are you waiting for?

Don't ruin your chances of a perfect summer by missing out on this spot!

Carbide Willson Ruins

Price: Free parking

When: Open daily 

Address: Gatineau Park, Chelsea, QC

Why You Need To Go: You can explore spooky abandoned ruins and chase waterfalls at this Gatineau Park spot.



We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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