Brave the Cave


Cave exploration: you can do it, and it’s not as crazy as you think.
An excursion to Lusk Cave, located just off Lac Philippe in Gatineau Park, might be the most exciting day trip you’ll take with your family this summer.

It’s going to take some planning, and a bit of effort, but the payoff is worth it. Release that inner cave-man in all of you (or maybe the budding geologist)—your kids will talk about it for years to come.

Pack snacks and drinking water. It’s a long day. Think lightweight, because you’re going to be carrying it with you.

You will get wet. Bathing suits and water shoes are ideal cavewear. Some recommend bringing helmets. Do bring a flashlight. Regulars were spotted wearing small LED headlights (you can find a wide selection at Mountain Equipment Co-op). This is a great option because it ensures you are completely hands-free while moving through the cave.

You’ll need to pay for a day-pass ($8.90 per car) in order to get in the park. Grab a free map at the park entrance on the way in. Follow the signs and park at Parent Beach/Plage Parent.

You can rent a canoe, bike, or walk to the cave. It’s approximately 5 km each way. If you canoe or bike you’ll have to park and walk the last kilometre.


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