Truly, what is summer without adventures? If you ask me, you're never too old to get out and explore, leave your comfort zone behind, and let yourself be wowed by something unique and unexpected. With the weather as awesome as it's been, there has never been a better time to rally your friends, hop in the car, crank the music, and set off to an exciting destination.
That's where the Lusk Cave comes in. This incredible natural wonder lies in a stretch of the beautiful Gatineau Park, and it's only a three hour drive from Montreal." class="lml-instagram-embed" />via @undefined
I'll just let you stare at that photo for a few moments. Dying to go yet? I know I know, so here's the low down on the Lusk Cave. You access the cave by hiking up a trail that begins at the Lac Philippe entrance of Gatineau Park - you'll have to pay a fee of $11 to park your vehicle, so keep this in mind.
There are a few beaches around the Lac Philippe area, but the trail up to the cave begins at Parent Beach. The whole hike to and from the cave is about 10km, so plan for about four hours of hiking, and about an hour or so exploring the cave, or however long you want.
In order to ensure you have the best time possible, there are some practical things you need to know. There are some options when it comes to exploring the cave; you can take the comfortable route and admire it from the entrance, or you can actually go inside, and swim through down a stream that will bring you back onto the hiking trail.
Yes, I said swim. When trekking through the cave, you will wade into chest-deep water, and you'll have to crouch very low in order to make it through at least one section. So, in order to make the adventure as smooth as possible, you should definitely bring water shoes, and a headlamp or flashlight
If you're feeling a little intimidated, don't let this deter you at all - when I went to the cave, there were little kids wading through, and believe me, that eased my fears. As long as you have the right things with you, you'll be fine. Plus, this is an adventure! If you weren't being jostled out of your comfort zone, it wouldn't be exciting.
Another key point is to make sure you either protect your electronics in waterproof casing, or don't bring them at all. Since you'll have to crouch and wade through water, you won't want your bag to get wet, so keep that in mind - don't load up a huge backpack to bring.
While the cave is the spectacle of this whole adventure, another awesome thing about visiting it is the beautiful surrounding area that's available for exploring as well. On your leisurely hike up, you'll pass quiet campsites, a pristine private beach, and views of the beautiful Lac Philippe.
So, after you've traversed the cave, you can totally hike back down for a swim, or spend time exploring the surrounding forest a little more. And because there's a campsite nearby, there are washrooms available and staff from the park to help with anything you might need.
The Lusk cave is truly an ideal summer adventure: it's not too far away, it's something you can marvel at but also do activities in, and it's situated in a beautiful, lush area in nature where you can spend time relaxing and taking in stunning views.
Whether you're an avid adventurer or a cautious explorer, the Lusk cave is undoubtedly worth everyone's time. And no matter how much you need to build up the courage to venture inside and trek through, the unique feeling you'll gain from the experience is truly unbeatable.
So, find yourself a stylish headlamp, if there even is such thing, and make your way to this breathtaking natural wonder.