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Kayaking - Lac Meech

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Another beautiful day that warranted some kayaking. This time, the destination was Meech Lake in Gatineau Park.

Camp Fortune was along the route leading to the lake, making me reflect on this summer and start looking forward to the winter coming up in a few months time.

Located about 5 minutes drive past Camp Fortune's Skyline sector, Meech Lake offers a quiet beach setting, as well as several hiking pathways to enjoy and discover, including the Carbide Willson Ruins (perhaps next weekend's hiking adventure...)

The beach is accessible from the paid parking lot ($11) by a short gravel path. This lake does not offer any rentals so you need to bring your own when visiting. The path to access the water is made up of a few small hills but is easily traversed if you have a set of wheels to roll your kayak.

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Once you reach the water, you are treated to one of the most picturesque settings of the region. Flanked all along one side of the lake are houses and cottages bordering the water. Despite this, the water is not crowded and there are fewer people kayaking than there is typically found at Lac Philippe. 

To cross from the starting point to the opposite end of the lake is roughly 7km distance each way. Opting for a shorter trip in the water, Ana and I decided to just head out to the half way point instead. 

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Dreaming of skiing, or losing oneself to nature...

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A seemingly popular spot for teenagers to sit and enjoy nature.

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The ripples and reflections on the water surface.

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A private dock.

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Ana enjoying the endless landscapes and seemingly endless waters.

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Overall, a beautiful day and another great kayaking adventure. If you have your own kayaks, you definitely owe it to yourself to check out this amazing lake.

Happy Kayaking!

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