We visited Knox Landing, a beautiful bay on the Ottawa River south of Norway Bay, in August, 2014. Botanically speaking, it was the most exciting place I have yet been to in western Quebec: wave-scoured shoreline alvar and wetland communities.
The boat landing and road allowance at Knox Landing has been used as a garbage tip for decades and it was distressing to see the contempt for the site’s landscape beauty and natural diversity. We talked to a few local people – passivity and defeatism. Michael had the good idea of contacting the Ottawa Riverkeeper. She put us in touch with the Norway Bay River Watchers. September happened to be Shoreline Cleanup Month and the River Watchers jumped at our suggestion. Before we knew it, they had a Garbage Clean-up organized for the following Saturday. Two local papers sent reporters and we had a solid morning of garbage picking before heavy rain set in.
I hauled garbage but I also took some time to photograph some of the wonderful plants that grow at Knox Landing.