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The Best of Both Worlds

Rideau Lakes, Ontario

Credit: Kevin R. Jones / CATALYST (PCI Geomatics). Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel-1 data processed by ESA. Landsat 8 data courtesy of the USGS

The Rideau Lakes of Ontario is an ideal ambassador for the beauty our province offers in all seasons. As a young cyclist, I first discovered this area when completing my first Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour, a 400-kilometre cycling trip from Ottawa to Kingston and back. The area offers rolling hills, scenic views, and fresh air. I enjoyed passing through many small rural hamlets, villages and small towns together with my friends. I've returned to the area with my family many times, including several summers when my children spent time at summer camps on Wolfe Lake. When I am in this area, I feel instant relaxation as I take in the nature, the sights, the smells, and the sounds that are on offer. Cottages dot the shorelines, and quiet unpaved roads lead to secret hideaways tucked away in the beautiful landscapes formed by the ancient geological features of the Frontenac Axis.

No matter what season, Ontario offers such natural beauty, and I could not think of a better example than the Rideau Lakes for the many equally relaxing areas across the province. Using satellite optical and synthetic aperture radar imagery, it's easy to see the many lakes and pleasure craft enjoying this beautiful part of the world.

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