Coulonge Falls (Chutes Coulonge) is normally about a 1 ½ hour westerly drive from Ottawa along the Quebec side of the Ottawa river. I photographed there twice previously, once in the winter (March 2016) and again in the summer (July 2016). That previous winter outing was quite spectacular, and thus I was very excited when the RA Photo Club’s Nature Group, of which I am a member, announced that another late-winter visit was planned. As it turned out, the weather preceding the day of the outing made for a challenging trip. We had had heavy rain in Ottawa, but just across the river, from Aylmer all the way to the Fort-Coulonge area, they had had heavy snow. Driving was nerve-wracking because of the slippery snow-covered highway, and the 1 ½ hour trip to the falls took closer to 2 ½ hours. Since the park where the falls are located is outside the town of Fort-Coulonge, we weren’t sure when we left whether the access road would be ploughed well enough that we could reach the park, and we were prepared to do some street-shooting in the town of Fort-Coulonge if that was the case. Not only that, but one of my passengers received a call when we were half-way to our destination, to inform us that the outing had been cancelled, because of the inclement weather, and because the weather had dissuaded almost everyone else from participating. Happily, we arrived safely and were able to reach the park. I was the driver and I had two friends with me as passengers. Only one other person braved the trip, so there were four of us that photographed together. Was it worth it? Yes indeed, although walking within the park was also a challenge since none of us was equipped with snowshoes. There was a base of snow that was firm enough to walk on, but every few steps we’d break through and the snow would be up to our knees or our thighs. It was slow going, but fortunately, the trails are not long, and I knew the layout of the park from my previous trips. After a few hours of shooting, we were all worn out and left for lunch together in the town of Fort-Coulonge. By this time, it was warmer, the sun was out, and the snow was melting. The roads on the drive home were bare, and the return trip was easy.