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Kayaking - Lac La Peche

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file1-1.thumb.jpeg.472c5c8aef03f2a5a62ce58e38473735.jpegThis 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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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Heading off in the direction of the opposite shore line.

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

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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. 

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Happy kayaking!

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Cool I've always wanted to get up there. Maybe next weekend. I believe there are canoe/kayaking campsites on that lake. 

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Definitely worth making the trip up. I've been plenty of times to Lac Philippe, which is a fantastic place in itself. This was my first time to Lac La Peche, and it really is massive but has the same feel as Philippe. I think I saw some campsite signs just before arriving. But along the shores there would be plenty of spots too.

Keep us posted if you go up. Have fun.

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Just checked out Lac Peche. Went for a morning paddle and swim. By the time we got back to the beach around 1pm the place was packed. Every parking spot was taken and cars were parked 500meters up the road. Crazy hot weather brought everyone out. 

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Great pics. Looks like you had a good time. Surprising how about a week ago there was only a dozen cars in the parking. The weather was great all weekend! How did you like the lake?

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I thought the lake was pretty nice. Some nice rocky spots to swim from and of course the beach sections. Some areas seemed a little weedy though. Still its a quick drive, worth checking out for sure.

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