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Lusk Cave, Chelsea

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  • My husband and I had visited the caves on our 20th wedding anniversary last year but we were not equipped to go through the caves (headlights, water sandals, etc.) so we planned our vacation in the ar...  more »
  • Visited for the second time on our trips from the UK. Lovely walk to get there. My children entered the caves with their uncle. They said the water was a lot higher than their previous visit but thoug...  more »
  • So glad we stopped at Lusk Cave. We have older children (13 and 10), and although I saw a few with water wings, not good for littles in my opinion. First off - go to the visitors centre to get directi...  more »
  • This is the same cave where Justin Trudeau was spotted shirtless! Was worth the while. Started from Parent Beach and walked 5km to the cave. Make sure to bring shoes that can get wet and a strong flashlight. There were two caverns. The first was very deep with water that went to my shoulders. The other only went up the my knees and it was quite long. Overall a unique and rewarding experience. Thanks Justin!
  • The lush forests of Gatineau park are hard to describe in words. The 5-6km hike to the caves is relaxing if not tranquil. The length of the caves is only a few hundred meters. An excellent experience but not for the claustrophobic as it can be a tight squeeze once you enter. Flashlight and change of shoes is recommended.
  • Very fun hike to the cave. Excellent parking space provided throughout the area, as well as a few beaches to enjoy a swim afterwards. Prepare to get wet once entering. Some parts are not as shallow.
  • Walked all the way from the entrance to Lac Phillipe as roads were closed for season. Weather was great so not a problem. Certainly worth the effort as it was very quiet. Probably saw no more than dozen people. Would recommend biking the main part. Bring food and water.
  • If you're not prepared to get wet, you'll miss part of the Lusk cave system, but because it's open to the sky in several places, there are still interesting parts of the cave that you can see while remaining dry. Sighting the rare and elusive bare-chested Prime Minister is not guaranteed. If you approach by the NCC's recommended route of Trail 73 to Trail 54, you'll pass a strange signpost with its directional arrows set exactly perpendicular to the trail, just fifty metres or so before you reach the trail that branches off to the cave; ignore it. All the NCC trails are obvious and unmistakable, so don't allow an odd signpost to send you blundering into the woods. Out of season, you'll no longer be able to park at Parent Beach, as recommended in the NCC's instructions, but the Breton Beach parking lot remains accessible. This will add another 2 km to your round trip.

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