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Lusk Cave

Gatineau Park, Chelsea, Quebec, Canada
+1 819-239-5000
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Awesome summer fun!

The hike to the caves is beautiful and moderate - only the last 20 mins is spent going up/down... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
Vancouver Island, Canada
Exciting adventure in Gatineau Park

I've been going to this cave for the past 25 years and I've done it about that many times and it... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
Alissa D
Ottawa, Canada
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Gatineau Park, Chelsea, Quebec, Canada
+1 819-239-5000

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Reviewed 3 April 2017

The hike to the caves is beautiful and moderate - only the last 20 mins is spent going up/down gentle hills. We often park our bikes at the entrance path to the caves, and bring a picnic lunch and headlights. Rocks are sharp in places,...More

Thank Bessie134
Reviewed 1 April 2017

I've been going to this cave for the past 25 years and I've done it about that many times and it never gets old. Every single time you go, the water levels are different so you don't know how extreme it will be which makes...More

1  Thank Alissa D
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Great time! Got to walk the 30min ish up a trail to the caves. The cave was about waist deep in June. Obviously different season and after a rain fall it would be deeper or more shallow. There was a little girl about the age...More

Thank LivLuvTravel
Reviewed 11 October 2016

This was a wonderful find for people who want to combine a nice walk with a bit of adventure. You can go through the cave end to end but require a flashlight, bathing suit and water shoes. It was easy to navigate and families were...More

2  Thank wanderwoman50
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Hidden little Gem about 45 minutes from Ottawa. Start off at a lovely lake with only paddled boats, hike for 1 hour to the caves. Last 1 km is a bit tough, but our kids thought it ranked a 7 1/2 out of 10 for...More

3  Thank OttawaTwinsMama
Reviewed 15 August 2016

The cave was interesting but the walk through the cave was way too short. The walk to the cave from the parking lot, however, was way too long. There could have been a parking lot closer to the cave.

1  Thank washingt0n2009
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Great activity choice for a hot day in the great outdoors. Make sure you bring a bathing suit - towel - proper shoes/sandals to walk on the wet rocks, FLASHLIGHT, possible ziplock bags for cell phone or anything you don't want to have any accidents...More

1  Thank cccyyy888
Reviewed 17 July 2016

Very good day trip! Lots of camping in the area. As for small kids, I'd recommend only doing the first cavern. We parked at Parent Beach and walked the 5 km on route 50 to Lusk Cave (wear running shoes; it took 1hr.). Other options:...More

3  Thank La_Tortuga_amarilla
Reviewed 12 July 2016

Definitely bring a headlamp! I was nervous to go through since I was there on my own. But it is a short cave and very cool to see. I wore running shoes and would not recommend sandals.

Thank Rebecca L
Reviewed 10 July 2016

My teens loved this place! So did my husband and I. The hike to the cave is enough of a trek so bring a snack or pack a picnic. The hike is beautiful. We found little swim spots to explore all over the place. The...More

1  Thank Y6346IOsandyb
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Chittral P
I am coming to Ottawa during October 23-25 (visiting from Toronto) and really wanna check out these awesome caves. Does anyone know how the water levels are during this time and how cold will it be during this time of the year? Would love to get any feedback from anyone that's done the cave during this time of the year. Thank you :)
21 September 2015|
Response from Melissa L | Reviewed this property |
I was just there last week when it was about 14-20 degrees with light rain. It was a pretty chilly day but the hike to the caves really warmed us up and the water wasn't ice cold like I thought it would be. Despite the... More
Catherine L
I am planning on visiting the caves next week (Between Aug. 24th and 28th). Is the water level currently very high? I'd like to bring a backpack with dry clothes but I hear the water can get up to your chin. Thank you!
23 August 2015|
Response from Amanda H |
Hi Catherine, I have the same question and am planning a trip tomorrow... did you go and if so, what were the water levels like?