Wanderlust Wednesday is a series where I revisit a past travel adventure and memory. This week, I’m looking back at Gatineau Park, Quebec.
Sometimes, I think Canada gets a bad weather rep. Yes, in certain parts the winters do get extremely cold (Gatineau Park is one of those places), but come May (sometimes April), it’s a whole different story.
For a good chunk of the year, Gatineau Park is bathed in sunshine, warm weather and amazing views. This is what makes it such a draw to tourists and locals alike. The main entrance to the park is just four kilometres from Canada’s capital, Ottawa, and that’s just the beginning. The park is is over 360 square kilometres and hosts everything from walking and bike paths to snowshoe and cross country ski trails (for those of you who visit in the winter).
I must admit, when we lived in Ottawa we did take enough advantage of living so close to this glorious green space, but the few times we did visit we were amazed. One of those times was a beautiful, summer Saturday when we wandered past Pink Lake (pictured above).
Not named for it’s colour, which is obviously not pink, the Lake is named after a family of Irish settlers (thank you Wikipedia!). Pink Lake is a “meromictic lake whose surface of the waters are a deep green due to the abundance of algae in the water.” (source) While not safe for swimming, Pink Lake is definitely one of the most beautiful I’ve seen, and it inspires so much calm while walking through the woods around it.
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