Explore the most popular lake trails near Chelsea with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We really enjoyed this trail but agree that you need to map out the trails in advance. We ended up tacking on an extra 3k to our hike because we took the wrong trail.

It’s pretty wet and muddy in certain areas right now but the fall colours are beautiful!

Fun hike, beautiful waterfalls!

Fun hike, beautiful waterfalls!

Big part of that itinerary is awesome, but there is some winter trails and therefore some bushwalking to do ! Maybe best in the winter !

Beautiful hike that takes you to the waterfalls and Carbide Wilson Ruins. I went on a prime hiking day weather wise and it was a Sunday. I was lucky to get a spot in the parking lot. There were so many people on the first part of the trail that takes you to the Ruins. The 2nd part going to Meech Lake not nearly as crowded. I definitely recommend this trail but be prepared for some ups and downs.

Beau sentier. J’aime le fait qu’il donne accès à plusieurs autres sentiers pour ceux qui veulent faire un plus long trajet.

Great hike, a few ups and downs, last part near the ruins gets a bit tricky but otherwise the footing is easy. The ruins are great and are definitely worth checking out! They're surrounded by waterfalls from the nearby dam, very relaxing if you can get here when it's not busy! The trail was a bit wet and muddy in late May, so wear appropriate footwear. Great photography spot. Dog friendly.

Great walk. Always enjoy the ruins. Great trail behind the falls too!

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2 months ago

Started at P12 which was easy to find using google maps. Headed out uphill right away on Trail 40, then turned onto Trail 24. Turned right onto Trail 1B and followed the signs to the lookout. There were washrooms and garbage here as well as a parking lot. Took 1B back to Trail 18 which then turned into Trail 2 back to Trail 40 and the start. It was about 10.25km and 260m of elevation. Very beautiful trail, well marked and easy to follow.

Great trail. Beautiful views.

2 months ago

Good trail for sure. Important to note that this loop is made up of a series of trails, and if you don't download the trail map it might be useful to write down which trails you take at various forks on the path. We got a bit turned around because we hadn't written it all out.

2 months ago

Great trail and route, but trailhead is hard to find. It is just to the left (east) of the bus stop at Rue Marie Burger and Chemin de la Mine. Don’t rely on the app as route tracking was inconsistent. Pink Lake is a must see. I did this route early morning (6:30am).

Lovely and a very easy hike!

challenging elevation, nice shady trail. lookout beautiful.

great trail. some steep parts but manageable. was a little busy at the ruins but nothing crazy. loved the sights.

2 months ago

a well maintained trail with facinating ruins. overall a great hike with lots to see.

excellent trail, well maintained and can be followed in low light, heavy rain. Only drawback is you can hear traffic. Also, one can drive right up to pink lake. So, traffic is heavier there.

The ruins were really cool. Lots of folks swimming. Crossed some ladies carrying a stroller with toddler - not a great idea. Not ideal for small children.

An enjoyable, easy hike. A good trail if you’re looking for a short weeknight hike.

easy hike to the ruins and falls!

Quick hike - well shaded, average amount of bugs. All in all a nice, quiet hike with some great scenery. Trail is very wide and easy to follow.

Had a fantastic time! Dogs swam and the hike was beautiful the ruins are really cool.

Lots of shade. Couple steep climbs but not too difficult. Keep going beyond the Falls to add extra steps. Can get busy on weekends but lots of space.

Park at P11 at OBrien beach. Lovely trail, very easy hike. About 30 mins walk to the ruins . Nice views of Meech Lake along the way. Dog friendly. Busy on weekends but not too bad on a weeknight. The ruins are cool.

4 months ago

Did the loop clockwise and it’s a decent hike. The beginning and end are along well groomed trails. Trail 9 is fun and muddy in spots right now. Bug spray is a good idea right now!

Easy trail. Well maintained. Light traffic

Nice hike and dog friendly trail.

Nice easy hike but super busy. There are a few trails off the main on you can do

Nice surprise compared to the other trails I have done in Gatineau Park. Plenty of ups and downs and the ruins/waterfalls are beautiful. I'm from BC and this trail reminded me of back home! There are a TON of bugs, so be sure to remember your bug spray!

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