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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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    • 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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