It’s Not All Mary Poppins

What I did on my weekend

Not far from Ottawa, across the river in Quebec, there is a very large, very lovely park. Gatineau Park has different attractions for different people: hardy cyclists enjoy its hills, campers can enjoy a range of sits, from full-service to hike-in and pack-out. There are historic sites and sites of historic interest. Mostly, it’s pretty, pretty, pretty.

I’ve camped here, I’ve gone to the beach here, I’ve taken in an historical site, I’ve visited the cave… (which, no, I did not manage to enter. But I saw it!!) The place I’ve visited most often, though, is Pink Lake. This past weekend, with my aunt and uncle in town, we decided to take in Pink Lake yet again. (Click on the smaller picture for a large version.)

It’s not a difficult hike around the lake, though there are a fair number of stairs and up-and-downing. The frail and elderly might not be able to manage it, but I’ve seen small children and pregnant women make the circuit.

Here’s a view from the lookout off the highway through the park:

And here’s one from water level, after making our way gradually down from the level of the highway:

We got there using some of these:


More wildlife:

More View:

A lovely outing.


August 15, 2011 - Posted by | Canada, Ottawa | , , , , ,


  1. What an awesome park–I’ll be adding that to my list of places to visit. The two lakes in one part interests me most. I mean, 15m isn’t that far down (I’m assuming it’s 15 meters, right?), so why is there no oxygen below?

    Something to investigate! 🙂

    Very pretty pictures!!!

    The short answer to your question: Because it’s a small lake — thus a small surface area — with exceptionally deep sides. The air movement on the small surface is sufficient only to oxygenate the water for the first 13 metres; the remaining 6 or 7 meters just doesn’t get touched. As a result, stuff at the bottom decomposes veeeeery slowly.

    It also (another interesting fact!) has a species of stickleback that is normally a saltwater fish. Because this lake was once part of the Champlain Sea — a salt-water body — and turned to fresh water very slowly, over the course of some 3,000 years, the stickleback trapped in the lake had time to evolve to fresh water. Isn’t that just so cool??

    Comment by MJ | August 15, 2011 | Reply

  2. I love Pink Lake If I could have a cottage on the rock there I would be happy. I hope that your Aunt and Uncle liked it 🙂

    Comment by Me | August 15, 2011 | Reply

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