Just last week I ventured into the Lac Philipe Region to visit a site I’ve been meaning to see for ages: Lusk Cave. Lucky for me, it was a crisp day on the lake. Scroll down to see my route and some beautiful snapshots of the area.
We drove through the Lac Philipe Region entryway for access to the park. There is paid parking next to Parent Beach, which sits right at the beginning of the trail that leads to the cave.
We arrived around 3 p.m., so we had plenty of time to wander before the sun set. To access the main Lusk Cave trail, we first walked along a small footpath that runs south along the west side of Lac Phillipe. In the winter, this is a snowshoeing trail. It was a breathtaking route and I made a mental note to come back in the winter. Many of the trees that line the lake are evergreens, and the potential vista of a frozen lake surrounded by snow-capped forests is too intriguing for my Canadian heart to resist!
This is the view from the south end of the lake. Right before the main Lusk Cave Trail begins, you will see small beach off to the left. It’s a great picnic spot if you are so inclined.
Near the beach we spotted this little guy! At first we were tentative in approaching him, but he didn’t seem to be scared of humans. This is probably because of the popularity of the campsites in the region.
As an absolute fall aficionado, I considered myself lucky it was cool enough to pull on a cardigan. The burnt orange of this Merino Wool Mica Cardigan evokes so much autumnal excitement! It’s still early in the season, but I for one can’t wait for changing leaves and pumpkin pie.
I couldn’t resist getting these Arctos Arm Warmers when I saw them in Jenn’s studio. Jenn has been re-integrating more upcycling into her design process, which is great because it’s an environmentally low-impact way to source fabric. For example, the gorgeous fiery hues of these arm warmers were salvaged from an old sweater. Most of the upcycled styles are only one or two of a kind, but if you’d like to see the full range, you can! On October 15th to 16th, 2016, Jennifer is opening up her studio for a special sale. Her work space at Dupont and Dovercourt will be open to the public with discounts on past and present collections, so swing by and say hi!
Once we had walked on the footpath for about 5km, we came to these steps which led up to the first mouth of the caves. There weren’t other people around, so the staircase seemed abandoned, with only the sound of the cave’s running water for company. I couldn’t resist snapping a picture because the aura of the place made me feel like I was in another world.
This is the main entrance of the cave. When you get a few feet in, you are forced to walk in water about 5″ deep. If you visit this spot, I suggest wearing water shoes as the cave floor is quite jagged.
As you enter the cave it gets dark fast. I had to use my phone as a flashlight! Navigating the passage is quite easy, but to do the full length of the caves you have to swim through the last opening. I wasn’t dressed for the occasion, but the caves were spectacular nonetheless.
This spot is definitely worth a visit. If you want, you can even bring a kayak or canoe and do some boating on the adjacent Lac Phillipe. All in all, this was a stunning hike and it was fabulous to explore another corner of Gatineau Park.
Jennifer’s Studio Sale will take place October 15-16, 2016 at 1024 Dupont St., Unit 22.
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