A campground like no other

Published on June 22 2023

Have you heard of the Camping Union network? This was my first visit to one of the organization’s eight campgrounds across Quebec. The concept is simple: to offer visitors a high-quality, friendly, comfortable camping experience in unique locations close to well-preserved bodies of water. 

My destination: Camping Union – Lac-du-Cerf, about an hour and 45 minutes from Gatineau. From the moment we arrived, it felt like home. That’s probably because of the warm welcome we got from Louise and Belle, her dog, when we entered the reception building to check in. If you like to travel with a canine companion, you’ll be happy to know that leashed dogs are welcome on the property, except in the cottages and ready-to-camp units. 

Accommodation to suit every taste

Whether you’re a fan of traditional tent camping, travel in an RV, or prefer the comfort of a fully equipped cottage, Camping Union – Lac-du-Cerf has an option for you. You can even try renting a trailer for a night or a week to see if this type of accommodation is right for you! 

If you’re a larger family or group, a cottage is a great choice for a hassle-free stay. Bedding isn’t included, but can be rented for an additional fee. The cottages all have a beautiful view of Lac du Cerf, and they’re equipped with a full bathroom, deck, barbecue and cooking utensils. When I visited the cottages, I promised myself I’d come back with friends this summer. It really is the perfect place to get away from it all without sacrificing comfort! 

There’s a minimum two-night stay for all types of accommodation. 

Spend the night in a gypsy trailer

What’s unique about Camping Union – Lac-du-Cerf? Certainly the unusual accommodation in a Gypsy trailer! As soon as we arrived, we were immediately charmed by these colourful little houses on wheels. There are five of them, all equally stylish, with marked attention to decoration and posters that make you smile. 

Each gypsy trailer has a bunk bed (queen size below, double above) that can comfortably accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. There’s also a large table and a powder room. For showers, there’s a sanitary block a few steps away. The caravans are all equipped with a barbecue, two round tables, and cooking utensils. Running water (not drinkable) and electricity make preparing meals a breeze. Our menu: hamburgers and corn on the cob, a summer classic! 

After dinner, it’s time to relax. Card games, great conversation, chocolates and candy were all on the menu. A real vacation! We woke up feeling rested, and after a coffee in the comfort of our caravan, it was time to start our day in the fresh air. 

And what is there to do during the day?

There’s no shortage of activities at Camping Union – Lac-du-Cerf! With their clear waters and beautiful little islands, Petit and Grand Lac du Cerf, which are linked by a canal, are a must-see. There are several boat hire options to choose from: motorboats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. We opted for the kayaks and it was definitely our favourite activity! There’s nothing better than paddling gently while listening to nature sounds. As the lake is calm and the boats are very stable, it’s also a great way to introduce children to water sports. 

If you’re travelling as a family, the little ones will love the park, the play structures and the inflatable games. You can even organize mini-Olympics with games of pétanque, billiards, darts, and the iconic game of horseshoes! The community room, complete with cable TV and free Wi-Fi, can also come in handy if the weather turns nasty. 

A family camping trip is also an opportunity to unwind, enjoy nature, walk the trails and rediscover your favourite board games!

Coming soon at Lac-du-Cerf

Besides the seasonal camping, primitive camping and ready-to-camp options, five new cottages will be added this summer! Not only are these cottages fully equipped, they’re also the perfect blend of nature and modernity, with their chic, uncluttered decor and beautiful deck overlooking the lake. Definitely worth a visit! 

Although our stay was short, we were able to really unwind and get into a holiday mood. The seasonal campers on site were all very friendly and there’s a real family spirit. As Louise put it so well when we arrived, “It really is a little piece of paradise!” 


Want to try other great activities in the Outaouais while you’re looking forward to your stay at Lac-du-Cerf? Check out our summer bucket list! 

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