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Five Favourite Fall locations

SAY THAT FIVE TIME FAST…  Seriously though I LOVE the plethora of locations Ottawa and its surrounding areas has to offer.  Every year my clients prove to me that its the ‘MOST POPULAR’ time of year to have photo’s taken.  Whether its family images, Engagement Sessions, Newborn, Corporate Weddings.  Everyone loves the colours of fall and the backdrop mother nature has to offer.  We also get to show off the new fall wardrobe – right ladies!!

So every year I get to trek around the regions of Gatineau, Ottawa, and the Ottawa Valley and I definitely have my favourites… my top five start with:

MACKENZIE KING ESTATE {Gatineau Park}
– For its host of colours and the unique landscape the grounds have to offer. Mackenzie King Estate has the most unique collection of relics from around the world, stone pathways, a little bit of waterfront and a wide variety of heritage buildings.  ALWAYS a unique and beautiful photo experience.

Mackenzie King

the ARBORETUM {central Ottawa}
– ONE of my year round favourites, host to hundreds of species of trees all fully mature and bursting with colour at various points of the fall season. not to mention the, manicured flower gardens in the Ornamental gardens.  With lots of room to run and plan this backdrop is fabulous for family kids and anyone who likes to wander with nature.

ARBORETUM

MAJORS HILL PARK / National Gallery of Canada {central Ottawa}
– We are blessed with so much green-space even right in the central core of Ottawa!!! I LOVE going for a walk in the tourist district every fall… from Majors Hill park, through to the National Gallery of Canada, the Byward Market, the back courtyards etc… the combination of colourful trees, mixed with old and new architecture backdrops are endless.  Not as much running space for kids in parts BUT definitely unique backdrops within a very small walking radius.  Some even hidden from the tourists 😉

MajorsHill

the MILL OF KINTAIL, conservation area {the Ottawa Valley}
– Acres upon Acres of conservation area just outside of Almonte on the Mississippi Mills river.  This absolutely beautiful back to nature conservation area is home to beautiful fields, rambling paths, stone outbuildings, a tiny museum dedicated to James Naismith {inventor of basketball}

Mill of Kintail

PINHEY’S POINT,
– A hidden gem nestled on the banks of the Ottawa River approximately 40 minutes west of downtown, Pinhey’s Point features a nearly 200-year-old manor house and surrounding ruins. Scenic views, historic buildings, stone ruins and rolling green hills come together to create one of the most spectacular places to capture memories.
PinheysPoint

I have many, many more favourite little pockets of beauty littered across this beautiful city I like to call home, but these rank up there as my favourite go to’s.  Enjoy the images and I hope to see you out this fall for ‘Family memory making time’

cheers,
Annemarie