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Kayaking - Lac Philippe

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Kayaking is such an enjoyable sport. Thanks to the abundance of lakes and rivers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, there is no shortage of places to visit and discover. Kayaking is also an easy sport to get into and is less difficult than it may appear to be. What does help is lakes that are free of powered boats. One such place is Lac Philippe in Gatineau Park.

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Located about 35 minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau, Lac Philippe is a large lake, featuring two beaches, pedal boat, kayak and canoe rentals, and camp grounds. If you are coming with your own kayaks or wish to rent, the best place to park is by following the signs for the boat launch, shortly after passing the first beach. From here, you are able to park quite close to the water and the launching point is not busy or crowded.

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Immediately you can see the vastness of the lake, that seems to extend indefinitely. On this visit we decided to head to the left, in the direction of the Breton Beach.

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Passing a well built beaver lodge.

The lake has several points for you to stop and enjoy the nature. A small island is also present in the lake, definitely an inviting location to visit, just be sure to bring some shoes.

With a lake this pristine and enjoyable, it is extremely difficult to stop kayaking and call it a day. Yet the day does eventually end and it becomes time to head back to shore.

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Building up some speed for a big finish onto the beach.

Before heading home, you should also visit the Lusk Caves and trail, another great adventure and a nice hike that you can enjoy. Visit our other post here to learn more.

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I am not a boater at all but I do enjoy lake scenery. This looks like a nice quiet place to relax, not busy and crowded. Great pics!

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    • By Shane
      This visit was to Lac La Peche, known as the largest lake in all of Gatineau Park. If you find Lac Philippe or Meech large, this lake is almost double the size. Upon arriving, the sandy beech is expansive and stretches across a large portion of the water.

      There is a fee that must be paid along the access road, however at this time of the year, and due to the beach being officially closed, access is free. For those arriving without their own kayak or canoe, rentals are available, in the same way as they are at Lac Philippe.

      The late summer's sun creates a vast landscape, just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

      The entry point into the water is located approximately in the middle of the lake, so you are perfectly positioned to start exploring in either direction. I am not sure why but the sand along on the beach was brighter and softer than most of the other beaches in the region we have visited. Perhaps it is due to the slightly more remote location that it has remained relatively untouched compared to the other closer beaches. So if you like going to places where the sand shines, this may be your place!

      The water is calm and quiet. The beach season is officially over yet that doesn't stop people from coming out to enjoy the lake and nature.

      Heading off in the direction of the opposite shore line.

      You couldn't ask for better weather and a more perfect location to kayak.

      A beautiful day out in the water, with warmer than seasonal weather at this time of year. We may find ourselves kayaking into end of October without issue at this rate. However, the end is coming and so it is important to enjoy every opportunity from this point onward. 
      For those first timers coming up to the lake, the last 15 minutes of the drive is on a gravel road, so a kind suggestion of covering your kayak's cockpit is recommended to avoid dust from entering. 

      Happy kayaking!
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