We started off at the Indian River Reptile Zoo. Canada’s Only Registered Non- Profit Reptile Zoo. They are actually a registered charity and they take in abandoned and unwanted reptiles. A snake sanctuary! They had a beautiful "Stonehenge" type of megalithic stone circle that was created by Edward K. Loyst out of pink granite from the Belmont Quarry near Stoney Lake. It's pretty magical. We jumped there!
this down the road from our hotel. It is the biggest horticultural event in Canada, called MOSAÏCANADA 150/Gatineau 2017. These incredible, lush plants are living art! All of us girls were reminded of Tefiti in Moana when we came upon the last sculpture. She was larger than life, and this Mother Earth is well worth the trip to Gatineau.
Ghost Tour by lantern light and it was mind blowingly great. A must-do when in QC.
Next morning we took a ferry from our side of the river where our hotel was located and found ourselves once again at Rue de Petit Champlain. We Uber-ed it to Montmorency Falls for the first half of the day. You *have* to make the 15 minute trip by car to see these falls! You can hike them free of charge and soak in all the nature and beauty of this natural waterfall. Zipliners will love that too. Crazy scary looking ziplines for those who like to take in a different view in front of the falls. Back to the city we went after a few hours of walking around the falls.
Hiking and walking through the city was a joy. We took tons of pictures, stopping once in awhile only to eat and drink. A perfect day scouring the city for photo ops and soaking in the history.
p.s. The police run-in from the beginning of the story, you ask? Well let's just say we broke the law while driving home! A law we didn't know existed until now. A traffic violation and we were let off with a stern lesson and a warning.
And anytime Nicole is here it's fun to do something with her, even narrowly avoiding getting arrested, lol...she is as adventurous and free-spirited as we are. So we'll miss the hell out of her when she leaves to go home soon. Insert sad face here.