We manage to find ourselves at Lac Philippe at least once every year for a walk or a hike. It’s a beautiful little lake in the National Capital Commission (NCC) ‘s Gatineau Park. This weekend we camped there for the first time! We arrived Thursday around 5:30 (after a very very stressful work day)….the weather was beautiful and it wasn’t long before we were cooking beans on the Coleman stove and sausage over the fire. We only saw one other couple that night and they weren’t camping anywhere near us. We were all alone in our sector of the park. It was idyllic, quiet, dark – oh so peaceful!
Friday we rented little kayaks and paddled around the lake. We paddled around the entire perimeter of the lake, saw many beaver huts (no beavers though), a loon happily diving for fish, a big blue fish which we have no idea what kind he was (coloured fish are fairly unusual in Canadian lakes that I know of), birds galore! At the far end (near the entrance to Lusk Caves) we banked the kayaks and had a picnic on the beach, then headed back down up the other side. We stopped at a little island and did some exploring and took the kayaks back. It was a great day…oh so quiet out there!
Saturday was big hike day – we hiked to Lac Taylor (another lake within the same area), passing Lac Renaud on the way. We picnicked at an empty campsite overlooking the Taylor Lake and then looped back through the forest trail and old logging road back to our campsite. We think it was about 11 k altogether. Lots of wildlife along the way (as is evidenced below).
Our evenings consisted of reading by the fire (with our geeky headlamps on)! Nights got COLD….down to about 9c (with the day times in the mid to high 20’s). Sunday morning we awoke to a lot of sounds..weren’t really too aware of what it was…and then it started to rain…once we looked out we realized that everyone who was near us (those that arrived Friday night) had all been smart enough to pack up and head out before the BIG RAIN started. Needless to say we left with a lot of wet gear. It was only 9:30 in the morning, so we grabbed Tim Horton’s breakie and coffee near Wakefield and decided to go for a drive up the valley to Maniwaki. If you live in the Ottawa area and haven’t driven up there it really is a nice drive (in spite of the crazy drivers). I had no idea that Maniwaki was so large, with traffic lights, Canadian Tire. A section near the main street was cordoned off with police blockade and a huge police bus. When we got home we read that a young man had been found dead in the area. Sad 😦
Once home we stowed the gear, showered the wood smoke off and headed to Murray Street kitchen for a delectible meal!
That’s it – no more camping until July 7th. City work & fun until then!
I should have left some space between our last hiking photo and our dinner the next day 🙂
Below – Johnny’s meal on top – Fred’s Pork – my meal below – Joe’s Fish. The menu has changes/additions almost daily. The ‘names’ of the dishes stay the same – but the dish itself may change. My walleye (pickerel) was amazing..YUM YUM!