Pink Lake Trail Loop

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Pink Lake Trail Loop is a 2.1 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gatineau, Quebec, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
2.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
54 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Pink Lake Trail is a very easy hike that most people can do in about an hour. It's a wonderful hike with beautiful views of the blue green lake. This hike involves a lot of stairs so you will want to leave your bikes and strollers behind. The area is popular and sees a lot of tourism, so you may want to arrive at the trailhead early to get a parking spot. Pink Lake is a unique lake in that it has a bright green color, especially in the summers due to algae that grows in the water. Pink Lake is a meromictic lake, meaning that the layers of water do not mix, which has caused the bottom of the lake to completely lack oxygen. Some of the species of fish that live in the lake are believed to be prehistoric. One unique fish that lives in the lake is a freshwater three-spined stickleback fish. In an effort to preserve the lake, swimming and pets are not allowed.

rocky
11 days ago

One of my favourite hikes. A perfect length for a short hike, around 30-40 minutes. Some uphill and steps, boardwalks etc. The scenery is superb, especially in the fall. Not too taxing, some lovely lookouts.

2 months ago

fun hike with great views & some variety in the woods & terrain. some stair climbing, a few hills. I recommend start to the left so that you can enjoy the best views early & finish on the easier half of the trail. the lake is a unique colour & there's also a cool pit mine ruin to oggle.

2 months ago

Too many stairs but a great view of the lake.

6 months ago

Gorgeous but too many stairs. I prefer more natural terrain.

hiking
6 months ago

It reminds me Banff or Lake Louise. Lovely trail.

6 months ago

Nice easy hike with lots of info graphics about the unique ecosystem of pink lake!

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect hike for the family. My 5 and 7 year olds were able to complete this hike with ease, and were kept interested by the turtles, tadpoles, fish and frogs that we saw.

7 months ago

Easy trail. Lots of man made wooden steps.

walking
7 months ago

Scenic and an easy walk.

hiking
7 months ago

A great trail to try if you’re looking for something quick and interesting. Although I would consider this trail “easy”, proper footwear is definitely a good idea because of the steep climbs and stairs. Not accessible.

8 months ago

Beautiful short trail with lots of stairs and amazing views of Pink Lake!

8 months ago

Great place to exercice or to look at the panorama. There are a couple of lookouts.

8 months ago

simple nice trail

8 months ago

great easy loop for all ages.

hiking
8 months ago

Pink Lake is as others describe, a beautiful short hike. However, As an overweight 51 year old, I found it ..... more difficult than easy. I'm not unfamiliar with hiking at all having been in the US Army but compared to Carbide Willson ruins that are listed as moderate, I found Pink Lake harder than it was just due to the MANY stairs on PL trail. It is a wide trail, clearly marked. but the STAIRS! Go, enjoy just be prepared.

A bit busy with tourists but absolutely love this trail. Early morning before 9 or after 4pm is best time to visit.

walking
8 months ago

Great trail. Can be very busy at times

9 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
9 months ago

Classic.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

My favorite trail in the Gatineau park. You can do the loop twice since it’s short, but it’s a good workout because of all the stairs.

walking
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nice easy trail to get outside with people who aren't super hikers. Has beautiful views in all seasons. Way too many people on weekends. A light hike/walk - there are stairs too. Done this many times.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Love this place :)

walking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Not much of a challenge but very scenic. It is quite busy with families, children, and tourists stopping to take pictures and can be muddy after rain.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Beautiful!

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I biked up to this trail from downtown Ottawa but forgot to bring a lock forcing me to carry the bike around the lake. This was not a problem as the trail and stairways are wide enough to do this while still being able to pass others. Beautiful views and plenty of information and signage.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Very nice trail

Saturday, August 05, 2017

i used to work as a nature interpreter in gatineau park and pink lake is worth it

Friday, August 04, 2017

nice easy trail, no dogs allowed though...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Great trail for a beginner like me! Lots of stairs but the view alone is worth it!

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