Pink Lake in Gatineau Park is, despite its name, known for its unusual brightly-hued water.\nThe colour is due to a rare natural phenomenon.\nGet all the details below.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nIt may be called Pink Lake but its water is the most beautiful shade of turquoise you have ever seen. Located in the breathtaking Gatineau Park and surrounded by mountains and trees, this lake will exceed your expectations. The unusual makeup of the lake makes it one of the most famous spots in the reserve in the Canadian capital region.\nExuding a rare beauty, Pink Lake offers an ecological experience that will remove you from the hustle and bustle of the city.\nThe body of water is one of the many phenomenal things to see within our province. And, it's less than 3 hours and 30 minutes from Montreal — which is even better!\nThough the Rocky Mountain Lakes of Alberta are famous for their cyan colour, Quebecers need not travel across the continent to get a glimpse of mesmerizing waters.\nHundreds of photos posted to Instagram of Pink Lake are proof of its popularity among visitors.\nThe lake is named after the Pink family who settled on the land in 1826, according to the National Capital Commission (NCC).\nIts colour, though, is due to natural phenomena that predate colonization.\nThe lake is meromictic, meaning the upper and lower layers of water never mix.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Vanessa Mathieu Pineda (@vanessampineda) on Sep 30, 2016 at 7:14pm PDT\nView this post on Instagram Perfect day for a hike 🌳☀️🏞 most beautiful lake I've ever seen #natureswonders A post shared by Liv (@oliviaafoulkes) on Aug 15, 2016 at 12:50pm PDT\nThe lake's "small surface and bowl-like shape [...] surrounded by steep cliffs that protect it from the wind" prevent a current that would otherwise mix the waters, explains the NCC.\nAs a result, "there is no oxygen in the deepest seven meters of the lake."\nAlgae further deoxidizes the lake, slowly "suffocating" it.\nTo slow this process and "preserve the lake for future generations, we have rehabilitated the site by building platforms and a trail to limit the damage caused by erosion," says the NCC.\n"Volunteers also helped plant 10,000 small trees\nView this post on Instagram Happy to find this beautiful spot at #pinklake 🍂 오랜만에 아름다운 경치를 보면서 마음도 몸도 상쾌했던 하루~ 근데 왠지 이 사진에 늠름한 청년의 느낌이 나는듯 ㅋㅋ 기분탓인가 아니면 저 자세때문인가 ㅋㅋ A post shared by JY/ 지예 (@jyj_1141) on Oct 10, 2016 at 8:44pm PDT\nVisitors can to their part to protect the lake by staying on the designated trail, leaving animals alone, and refraining from picking flowers.\nAnd, the one downfall is that swimming is not permitted...bummer!\nPink Lake, Gatineau Park, Quebec\nView this post on Instagram guelph is nice, but nothing beats being able to go to gatineau park in the fall A post shared by Maddi Barclay (@maddibarclay) on Nov 7, 2016 at 11:50am PST\nWhere: Gatineau Park; information available at the Visitor Centre at 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec\nWhen: AllTrails recommends visiting between March and October\nCost: $20 to access Gatineau Park\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.