Week of August 11: 3 suggestions for hiking in the Outaouais region
This week, we invite you to discover three lesser-known hiking trails in the Gatineau Valley, the Pontiac, and the Collines-de-l’Outaouais. Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, a water bottle and some lunch—you’re good to go!
Discover a marble cavern!
Gatineau Park is one of our region’s top attractions, but have you ever visited the Lusk Cave, a natural geological phenomenon formed more than 12,000 years ago? I discovered this amazing site last week! From the Parent Beach parking lot in the Philippe Lake area, follow the Lusk Cave trail about five kilometres to the cave entrance. If the water levels inside the cave aren’t too high, you can walk right through it and out the other side. Take time to read the interpretive panels along the way. You’ll also find lots of great spots for a picnic!
Mount Morissette Regional Park: Admire a 360‑degree view
Last fall, Mount Morissette Regional Park in the municipality of Blue Sea opened an 18‑metre observation tower that offers breathtaking 360‑degree views of Blue Sea Lake and the Gatineau Valley. Explore the park’s 13 km of groomed hiking trails (intermediate and advanced), and climb 400 metres to the summit to enjoy a picnic at the scenic lookout. If your legs aren’t up to it, you’ll be happy to know that you can make the ascent by car!
Spectacular views of the Ottawa River
Once you’ve hiked the Oiseau Rock Trail, in the Pontiac RCM, you’ll definitely want to go back. A favourite of outdoor enthusiasts, this 5‑km trail through the forest (10 km round trip) combines nature and culture, with stunning natural lookouts on the Ottawa River and interpretive panels on the history and culture of the Algonquin people. The trail leads to the summit of Oiseau Rock, one of the most important rock art sites in North America.
Happy trails, and have a great week!