An adventure-packed day at Arbraska Laflèche

Published on August 1 2018

If you’re looking for a unique activity near Gatineau to enjoy with family or friends, Arbraska Laflèche is the place for you.

“Aaahhh … Wahoo … Incredible!” Those are the words I uttered most often during my treetop and underground adventure in this one-of-a-kind park. Read on to find out about my exhilarating day!

Arrival at Arbraska Laflèche

After only 30 minutes’ drive from Gatineau, we arrive at the site in Val-des-Monts. The impressive zip lines soaring above the lake and parking lot immediately put us in the mood. Things are looking good!

We’re grinning from ear to ear as we head for the chalet to begin our day on this site in the heart of nature. Let the fun begin!

Morning: In the aerial park

Equipped with helmets and harnesses, we tackle the first obstacle of a journey among the trees that promises to be pretty exciting. It takes about three hours to complete the course, which includes monkey bridges, walkways, zip lines, suspended logs and more, all designed to test the courage and endurance of adventurers like us.

Hesitant at first, we quickly gain confidence thanks to the effectiveness of the equipment and the experience of our guide. A group of friends having fun tens of metres in the air … Gotta try it!

Younger adventurers can get their thrills on the kids’ course, Loulou la Loutre (Loulou the Otter), designed especially for them and found only at Laflèche Park!

Afternoon: On the giant zip lines

You wanted an adrenaline rush? Happy to oblige!

Of the eight extreme zip lines that make up the Ziptour course, there’s one that’s particularly amazing. Almost 60 metres (200 feet) long, this zip line passes over majestic Lake Armida, which is a turquoise colour because of its meromictic character, just like the famous Pink Lake!

It’s time to throw caution to the winds, get out of your comfort zone, and admire the scenery from the air. Couch potatoes need not apply!

End of day: Deep underground in the Laflèche Cave

If there’s one “must-see” attraction in the region, it’s the Laflèche Cave, the largest visited cave in the Canadian Shield.

We really enjoy the Discovery Tour, which lasts just over an hour and allows you to explore the main galleries, learn the basics of spelunking, and discover the history of this thousand-year-old cave. Our energetic and experienced guide keeps us interested and amazed throughout the visit.

Helpful hint: Bring a warm jacket or coat, because the temperature inside the cave remains a constant 4 to 6 degrees Celsius … summer and winter! Brrr!

Other types of tours are also available for large groups or young explorers. If you’re really adventurous, you can spend the night in the cavern—a unique experience to try at least once in your life! Reservation required.

Laflèche Cave
Laflèche Cave

It’s with a great sense of pride and team spirit that we end our day of adventure at Arbraska Laflèche. The best part of it all? We’ve tried only half the activities offered in this large park, which is open year round—the perfect excuse to come back this winter!

So what are you waiting for to experience YOUR day of adventure? Fun guaranteed 😊

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