2012 - Gatineau

Gatineau Park

camping and touring
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ScreenShot007 The Gatineau Park, stretching out from its tip very near to Ottawa towards a vast expanse of Canadian Shield. This was our desitination after dropping Jovita...
1   The Gatineau Park, stretching out from its tip very near to Ottawa towards a vast expanse of Canadian Shield. This was our desitination after dropping Jovita off at Ottawa Serve Saturday afternoon.
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P1080528 Past seven, Saturday evening on the day of our arrival. We've already been swimming to cool off. Not much time to set up yet, but we're getting hungry. We had...
3   Past seven, Saturday evening on the day of our arrival. We've already been swimming to cool off. Not much time to set up yet, but we're getting hungry. We had to carry all this stuff (with the help of a large wagon) quite some distance to this walk-in site (the furthest one of course). After the total privacy of our last three camping spots, we were a bit dismayed to find neighbours so close to us. But they were a lovely family with two small boys and we did enjoy hearing the murmur of french. They left Sunday evening and after that we had the whole 'shelf' to ourselves.
P1080530 Chicken fajitas for supper. The first meals are usually the best since food has to get used in order of freshness. At least this time we had a proper cooler and...
4   Chicken fajitas for supper. The first meals are usually the best since food has to get used in order of freshness. At least this time we had a proper cooler and could buy ice.
P1080535 Day two - Sunday morning breakfast at 9:30 - don't think we'll make church anymore
5   Day two - Sunday morning breakfast at 9:30 - don't think we'll make church anymore
P1000512 After a leisurely morning, not doing much, we headed out to the O'Brian beach, at the very tip of Meech lake (forty minutes drive from Lac Philippe). This is a...
6   After a leisurely morning, not doing much, we headed out to the O'Brian beach, at the very tip of Meech lake (forty minutes drive from Lac Philippe). This is a lovely spot, in spite of the fringe of cottages, and seems well used by locals. We were surprised by how much English was being spoken (also in the campground) - more than half.
P1000513 After camping without beach access for three years running, we must confess that setting up on the sand surrounded by people was enjoyable.
7   After camping without beach access for three years running, we must confess that setting up on the sand surrounded by people was enjoyable.
P1000535 Looking out into Meech Lake. Just out of sight, past the pine trees in the middle, is the Wilson House where the Meech Lake accord was struck. As at all the...
8   Looking out into Meech Lake. Just out of sight, past the pine trees in the middle, is the Wilson House where the Meech Lake accord was struck. As at all the public beaches we were frustrated by having to stay within the buoy lines, in shallow water. After asking the lifeguards, we found out it was acceptable to go beyond the lines by entering the water from outside of its perimeter. (liability issues, no doubt). So we waded through some weeds and swam to the rock on the point. Swimming together in deep lake water has to be one of our favourite things.
ScreenShot002 Alexander Bay at the eastern tip of Meech Lake. You can see the O'Brian beach at the end. A road from the beach parking lot winds its way up to the Wilson House...
9   Alexander Bay at the eastern tip of Meech Lake. You can see the O'Brian beach at the end. A road from the beach parking lot winds its way up to the Wilson House where the Meech Lake Accord was struck in 1987. (Click Globe/Map icon to open Google Map)
P1080538 We drove up the road, lined with cottages, along the shore of Meech Lake to the public beach on the other end of the lake (not nearly as nice as the O'Brien). ...
10   We drove up the road, lined with cottages, along the shore of Meech Lake to the public beach on the other end of the lake (not nearly as nice as the O'Brien). On the way back we spied the Wilson House looking over the foot of the Lake. We glimpsed The O'Brian House too, but it is out of sight in this photo.