One of the most picturesque regions of Ontario is the Ottawa Valley. Blessed with beautiful rolling hills and dense green lungs in the form of thick forests, it comes as no surprise that domestic tourists from Toronto and Ottawa make annual trips to the Valley for rest and relaxation. For most tourists, the preferred choice is to rent a cottage for a week or two on one of the countless fresh water lakes in the region.
Although there are many lakes to choose from and a range of accommodation choices as well, I had the opportunity to spend time on Round Lake and Golden Lake. The combination of the fresh Ottawa Valley air, extremely friendly locals and the beautiful natural landscape made it an easy decision for me to return back to the Valley. Although much can be said about the Ottawa Valley, one aspect of the Valley that I want to highlight because I feel it is worthy of discussion is the beautiful collection of wildlife that tourists can encounter during their visit to the region.
If you have had the opportunity as a tourist to see different regions of the world, then you have most likely seen people taking photos of domesticated macaques and other animals that are not commonly seen in their home country. Snakes and lizards are even captured and displayed to tourists as part of sidewalk exhibits. Often these animals are so familiarized with tourists and their cameras that the whole experience loses some authenticity.
During my recent visit to the village of Killaloe and the surrounding area I was lucky enough to see some stunning animals in their natural environments – far removed from tourist crowds. Since there are so many lakes around Killaloe, you will not only see animals while you drive along farms and forested areas, but also a range of aquatic and amphibious wildlife as well.
Before I arrived in the Ottawa Valley, I knew that there was a realistic possibility of seeing anything from a black bear to a moose. Although I didn’t get the opportunity to see either one of these, I did manage to see multiple other animals that were definitely worth photographing. Only about 20 meters from a quiet road on a small farm I drove by an adult female deer (otherwise known as a doe).