A week after four-year-old Tarah Grout was born, her parents bundled her up and took her out for a walk among the autumn leaves on the Champlain Trail in Gatineau Park.
Since then, Tarah and her parents, Bethany Harpur and Chris Grout, have spent part of each Thanksgiving Monday in Gatineau Park.
Yesterday, the Ottawa family was among hundreds of people taking in the last day of Fall Rhapsody at the Mackenzie King Estate.
“It’s a good time to come out. The colours are beautiful. The weather is usually really nice. It’s just a nice opportunity to step out of the city and relax out here,” said Chris Grout.
“It’s much prettier in the fall, and it’s a nice tradition that we’ve started,” Harpur added.
Traffic and parking are usually a challenge on the Thanksgiving Monday, said Grout. In previous years, many of the free parking lots through the park were full. Melissa Landel, her husband, Israel Martinez, and their 17-month-old daughter Ema also came.
“We’ve been to the park before but never to the estate,” said Landel.