- Pink Lake in Gatineau Park is, despite its name, known for its unusual brightly-hued water.
- The colour is due to a rare natural phenomenon.
- Get all the details below.
It 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.
Exuding a rare beauty, Pink Lake offers an ecological experience that will remove you from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The 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!
Though 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.
Hundreds of photos posted to Instagram of Pink Lake are proof of its popularity among visitors.
The lake is named after the Pink family who settled on the land in 1826, according to the National Capital Commission (NCC).
Its colour, though, is due to natural phenomena that predate colonization.
The lake is meromictic, meaning the upper and lower layers of water never mix.
The 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.
As a result, "there is no oxygen in the deepest seven meters of the lake."
Algae further deoxidizes the lake, slowly "suffocating" it.
To 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.
"Volunteers also helped plant 10,000 small trees
Visitors can to their part to protect the lake by staying on the designated trail, leaving animals alone, and refraining from picking flowers.
And, the one downfall is that swimming is not permitted...bummer!
Pink Lake, Gatineau Park, Quebec
Where: Gatineau Park; information available at the Visitor Centre at 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec
When: AllTrails recommends visiting between March and October
Cost: $20 to access Gatineau Park
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