September has been providing some gorgeous weather here in Ottawa, and I’ve been trying my best to take advantage of it. Last weekend, my roommates and I decided on a whim to drive out to Pink Lake in Gatineau, Quebec. I’d never heard of it, but a quick Google search hyped me up and upon arrival, we were not disappointed.
Located in Gatineau Park, Pink Lake is about 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa. It was pretty busy (we went early afternoon on a Sunday) but it was fun nonetheless. The hike took about an hour and a half because we stopped to admire the view everytime it presented itself, but at 2kms long, it was really easy, and we saw people of all ages!
Be careful when going off-trail- poison ivy is rampant.
Some parts of the trail consisted of packed dirt, while others were man-made stairs and balcony view-points.
We stopped to cool off- the water was so clear, we could see all the fish swimming!
- Bring lots of water! There are no refill stations on site, and we ran out by the end due to the heat.
- Go early in the morning to beat the crowds. There’s limited parking, and you can’t park on the road- we had to wait for someone to leave so we could take their spot, which took about 10 minutes!
- Consider bringing a bike and making a day out of it! We saw so many people on bikes, both on the road and on the designated trails in Gatineau Park.
If you’re in the area, I highly recommend a visit! Here are the directions: