Hiking around Pink Lake in the Gatineau Park

Trip Start Sep 25, 2010
Trip End Sep 25, 2010

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

The sky was cloudy and it looked as if it was going to rain as the white clouds turned grey. However, that didn't stop me from going to Gatineau Park having my mind set on seeing the magnificent and unique Pink Lake in its entire splendor.  Plus, being in autumn now was the best time to go and witness the season’s natural beauty at its best with all of its vibrant multi colored trees before winter arrives.

We didn’t have any trouble finding a good parking spot and this, right next to the trail.  After walking down a series of wood steps that lead us directly to a small observation deck, in front of us the amazing Pink Lake took our breath away.   Its deep rich emerald color surrounded by numerous colorful trees looked entirely phenomenal as its calm waters shone under the dull sky.  

Having seen numerous lakes before, this particular Pink Lake had something entirely special and unique about it that made it different from any other lakes and that being its color.  It had one of those unique colors that made people want to glance back for a second look and wonder how could that be!

From reading the interpretation panel posted on the platform, I learned that Pink Lake was a lake that scientists called a "meromictic" lake meaning that unlike any other lakes, the waters at the surface did not mix with those below.  That because of its cliffs the lake was sheltered from the winds which trigger the mixing of the waters.  That its deepest water had not been in contact with the air for the past 10,000 years. 

Quite interesting!  Having read all of these facts, I now knew that it was all of these factors combined together that contributed to make Pink Lake, a lake different from any other ones.  My kind of lake, however, I still think they should have called it Emerald Lake!

By following the 2.5km trail around Pink Lake, Michel and I made numerous stops along the way admiring every facet of the lake as the sun poked out of the grey clouds once in a while.  The multi colored trees added richness to the entire panoramic view as their leaves reflected graciously on the emerald surface of the water. 

As Michel and I walked down the well indicated trail, the flora looked amazing in various locations with its different type of ferns, mushrooms and wild flowers decorating the landscape.  Surprisingly, dead tree trunks lying on the earth looked magnificent as Mother Nature had a way to embellish them with its richly green moss blanket.  Nature was sleeping, no sound could be heard in the woods nor birds, could be seen around.  The only sound that broke this silence was ours as we stepped on dead leaves on the ground while leaving the trail to explore deeper our surroundings.

In one specific area, high above the cliff we stopped for a while and admired straight down below the clear water.  The view from above was absolutely stunning.  We must have been a good three stories high.  We were joined occasionally by other people who just like us, took the time off to enjoy a hike in the woods in this fall season.  

As we continued on, several steps had to either be climbed up or down making it all an enjoyable walk all around the lake.  

After a good 90 minutes, we were back to square one having accomplished the entire hike around the trail.  Looking back at Pink Lake, I promised myself that I would definitely come back at least once every season to see Mother Nature’s at its best.

This blog is dedicated to my wonderful parents to enjoy from the comfort of their home!  Enjoy!

Monique   :-)

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