Expeditions are group trips planned by Outsideways members. Here are a few of the most recent ones.
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One of our members, will soon be circumnavigating one of the coolest lakes in Quebec by kayak
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The most recent journal entries from our members.
Parc des chutes de Denholm
I had been hoping to visit these falls someday and I was delighted that our somewhat random backroads tour brought us right past them.
Before visiting the falls I took a quick hike up the Sentiers des arts to the look out. Well worth the short hike up.
At this time of year, spring, the bugs are bad so bring bug net and bug spray. (Good to keep in your “grab ‘n go” gear all summer.)
On Friday afternoon we loaded the car with camping gear and our canoe and left the city for 2 nights in the woods.
Destination: Reservoir du Poisson Blanc or Lac du Poisson Blanc
Since we got our canoe I started following canoeing in Quebec hashtags on IG and this place kept coming up. It was high on my must paddle destinations.
There is a regional park on part of the lake: Parc Regional Poisson Blanc and they manage 70 designated canoe camping sites available on the islands and shores of this lake.
Theoretically there is also dispersed camping available in non-designated sites but I imagine as this place gets more popular those will be harder to secure.
This is a large lake but very popular. And for good reason, it’s gorgeous!
We camped at the south end of the lake at the Air-Eau-Bois campground.
The camping sites there are nice but really close to each other and our first night we were next to a group of young guys who were headed out the next morning to canoe camp somewhere on the lake. They were loud and close enough you could hear them fart in their tent. IOW, too close.
Our second night at the campground was better with them gone.
A plus of the campground is a free bag of wood for every night. A $10 value which made the $40 site more reasonable. I balk at paying for a camp site when I’m more comfortable with dispersed camping and don’t need amenities.
Next time we come to the area we’d like to camp in the lake and ideally head out to the little lakes west of here to portage and paddle.#lacdupoissonblanc #outaouais #petitenation #lavalleedelagatineau
Swimming at the covered bridge in Wakefield.
This is a popular spot. I took a quick swim, water was very chilly this time of year.
Watched a group of young adults jump off the bridge into the water.
There’s a small historic park near here with old buildings, interpretive signs, and parking. In high season I imagine that fills up quickly. There is also road parking up the hill.
According to locals I chatted with, the “swimming rock” where I lounged in the sun is sometimes nearly covered with water if the Paugan Dam, upriver, is opened.
Wakefield itself is a beautiful little village, artsy & touristy with all the usual necessities/attractions - brulerie, boulangerie, patisserie....
For our long weekend trip we stayed at an Airbnb in Chelsea.
Chelsea is a cute place with good access to Gatineau Park. It also feels like the gateway to the Gatineau River valley region with all its outdoor recreation.
Or, you can head south into Ottawa for all the historic and cultural sites.
Lots of possibilities.