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Meech Lake, Gatineau

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Meech Lake is located within Gatineau Park in the Municipality of Chelsea, Quebec, Canada . The lake was named after Reverend Asa Meech, an early settler in this area.Near the lake, on Meech Creek, are the ruins of a fertilizer plant built by Thomas "Carbide" Willson during the 1900s. In 1981, Willson's former summer home on Meech Lake was converted into a government conference centre. The house is notable for its use, in 1987, as the site of meetings on the Meech Lake Accord between the provincial premiers and then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.Numerous residents continue to have homes along the lake. Although all Gatineau Park master plans have long proposed that properties around the lake should be acquired when the opportunity arises—as they were for most other lakes in the park—little action has been taken on this front and new constructions continue on the privately owned land around the lake. This situation has led to construction of a house on the lakebed and suspected sedimentation of the lake from residential construction.As well, the association representing Meech Lake residents has been lobbying the government for several years in an attempt to have Blanchet Beach and the boat launch closed to the public.In 1988, a study conducted for the NCC confirmed that Meech Lake residents are responsible for most of the human-produced phosphorus flowing into the lake, i.e., 66%, whereas visitors only account for 26%. Phosphorus, in excessive amounts is responsible for the proliferation of blue-green algae, a problem that has afflicted the lake in recent years.
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  • A historic place for the Canadian Constitution with beautiful beaches to see that Canadian summer can be very hot. There are places for change and restrooms available.
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  • Went here for a family picnic while visiting Ottawa. Beautiful little beach with a few picnic tables. Lots of people bbqing and having fun on a Saturday night. There were signs warning of "swimmer's i...  more »
  • Granted it was a holiday weekend when I visited the lake and therefore it was a little busy. I loved floating on the lake but it was a little windy. Excellent get away and I stopped at the local smoke...  more »