10 bests spots for paddling around Gatineau
Are you living in or going on vacation to Gatineau and looking for paddle boarding spots within an hour of the city? We've selected the best places to paddle and enjoy nature around Gatineau.
1. LAKE LEAMY
Located just 10 minutes from downtown Gatineau, Lac Leamy is a popular spot for paddle boarding. The waters are calm and shallow, making it ideal for beginners. You can admire the magnificent natural scenery while getting some exercise.
2. GATINEAU RIVER
If you're looking for a sportier experience, the Gatineau River is for you. With its swifter waters, you can paddle through rapids and currents. Please note that this activity is for experienced paddlers only.
3. LAKE BEAUCHAMP
Located just 30 minutes from Gatineau, Lac Beauchamp is a popular paddle boarding spot for locals. The waters are calm and peaceful, and you can observe a wide variety of birds and fish.
4. GATINEAU PARK
This park is a veritable jewel of nature, only minutes from Gatineau. With its many lakes and rivers, it's the ideal place to paddle and discover the region's magnificent landscapes.
5. LAKE PHILIPPE
Located in Gatineau Park, Philippe Lake is another popular paddle boarding spot. With its crystal-clear waters and enchanting natural setting, it's a favorite spot for paddle boarders.
Located about 30 minutes from Gatineau, Lac Saint-Pierre is a peaceful, uncrowded spot for paddle boarding. With its calm, shallow waters, it's perfect for beginners and also offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
7. OUTAOUAIS RIVER
The Outaouais River is a popular paddle boarding spot for Gatineau residents. You can admire the bridges and docks while paddling its peaceful waters. Beware, however, of strong currents and boat traffic.
8. LAC DE LA CARRIÈRE
Located just 15 minutes from Gatineau, Lac de la Carrière is a little-known paddle boarding spot offering a great experience. With its calm waters and peaceful natural scenery, you'll be able to relax while getting some exercise.
9. LAKE MEECH
Located in Gatineau Park, Meech Lake is another popular paddle boarding spot. With its crystal-clear waters and enchanting natural setting, it offers a great experience for paddle boarders.
10. LAC DU POISSON BLANC
Located about 45 minutes from Gatineau, Lac du Poisson Blanc is a paddle spot offering breathtaking scenery. Admire the cliffs and islands as you paddle its calm waters.
PHOTO: BENJAMAIN ROCHETTE, OUISURF
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced paddler, these ten paddle boarding spots less than an hour from Gatineau will provide you with an unforgettable experience. Don't forget to take the necessary precautions before taking to the water, and to follow the safety instructions. Enjoy discovering these wonderful spots!