The Lake

The lake our cottage is on is Lac Pemichangan, an Algonquin word for “clear water”.  It is near Gracefield, Quebec, about 1-1/2 to 2 hours north of Ottawa.  The lake is only 5 miles long at its longest point, but has a shoreline of 61 miles.  The myriad bays, islands and starfish shape of the lake ensure that at no time do you ever feel far from land, or from privacy.  We still drink the water unfiltered from the lake.  The vast majority of the shoreline is still undeveloped, and in its raw, pristine state.  There is great fishing, with Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Bass, and variety of others.  The Lake Trout especially love the clean water.

Quiet Bay

This view, taken off the deck, overlooks the bay the cottage is on.
The lake has a large number of islands and bays to explore–or just to stop and have a picnic lunch on.

Pines on Island

Bubbling Stream

It’s not obvious from this picture, but to the left is a “pool” in one of the springs feeding the lake.  It is a great place to sit on the rocks and have a natural Jacuzzi (although it’s not heated!)  It seats 8 (we’ve tried it).

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