Parking lots closed
The Pink Lake Lookout and Pink Lake Trail parking lots are closed when the Gatineau parkways (Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune Lake) are closed to motor vehicles and open for active users. These parking lots will be reopened from 1 pm, Sunday afternoons, until sunset starting July 5, 2020.
A meromictic lake
Pink Lake’s waters do not mix, because it has a small surface and bowl-like shape, and is surrounded by steep cliffs that protect it from the wind. There is no oxygen in the deepest seven metres of the lake.
Why is Pink Lake green?
Unfortunately, Pink Lake’s popularity with Park visitors over the years sped up this process. The algae were growing so rapidly that eutrophication would have taken only a few decades. To preserve the lake for future generations, we have rehabilitated the site by building platforms and a trail to limit the damage caused by erosion. Volunteers also helped plant 10,000 small trees.
Life in Pink Lake
Pink Lake is also home to the three-spined stickleback fish, a saltwater fish left behind from the Champlain Sea, which used to cover the region. This little saltwater fish adapted to the lake’s gradual desalination and today lives in the lake’s fresh water.
Washrooms: There are dry toilets at Pink Lake's trail.
Parking: There is free parking at both Pink Lake's trail and lookout.
Universal Accessibility: The lookout is universally accessible, as well as a small stretch of the trail.
You can do your part to preserve Pink Lake by staying on the trail, and by not picking flowers or capturing animals.
Reminder : Dogs and pets are not permitted on the Pink Lake Trail.
Help us protect Gatineau Park and leave no trace.
For more information, see Gatineau Park’s visitor information page.
- Gatineau Park Summer Trails Map (9.17 MB)