Deep in the 700-acre wood…

At the edge of the Aylmer Sector of Gatineau lies a priceless gem of nature: 700 acres of undeveloped forest. While developers would dearly love to get their hands on this tract of land, a group of citizens has formed that is determined to protect the area — and with good reason. Home to more than 400 plant and animal species, the Boucher Forest is a last bastion of wildlife, an incredible educational opportunity, and an unparalleled place for communing with nature on the city’s very doorstep.

And like most forests, it’s filled with a special kind of magic for those who are willing to look a little deeper into the trees…

Snow-laden branches

Snow-laden branches

Looking way up

Looking way up

The silent fallen

The silent fallen

fresh snowfall

fresh snowfall

My almost-faun

My almost-faun

Edge of the meadow

Edge of the meadow

Gateway to Narnia

Gateway to Narnia

Snowy sentinels

Snowy sentinels

Barred owl keeping watch

Barred owl keeping watch