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“LONG LONG LONG WALK” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lusk Cave

Lusk Cave
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Chelsea
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Mississauga, Canada
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155 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

Easy signs to Lac Phillipe in Gatineau but from parking lot we weren't sure which path and of course took the wrong one and followed road to store a little out of the way but we got to see deer! We were suppose to follow path to beach and walk along beach. My 5-year-old made it to far end of lake and needed a swimmng break as was over 4 km! Lots of people knew was long long long hike and passed us on their bicycles which I would highly recommend! Last km quick and into cave was very cool and kids changed into swimsuits to explore with their headlamps and flashlights. Walk back seems faster and stopped to beaches for swims.

Visited August 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Bats are adorable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

This is definitely worth seeing, but not for the claustrophobic. Bring warm clothes and sturdy hiking shoes. This is not a place for shorts and flip-flops. You may get to see some sleeping bats - very cute.

Visited October 2011
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“A great Day Hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Part at the Parent beach parking lot ($10) Take the long way when going to the cave, if you up for it, using route 54. Stop at the Cabin down by the lake for a quick rest and maybe a snack. Don’t forget to back your swim shorts if you really want to go exploring the cave. A flashlight is a must and a helmet and water shoes are highly recommended. If you still have the energy, avoid path 50 back and take 74 instead. It’s a bit more challenging and offers some great scenery. Once you get to the beach, go for a quick dip to cool down and follow the shore line back to your car. All this adds up to just shy of 15Km and can be done in under 6 hours. A good hike for kids of all ages.

Visited September 2012
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“Awesome day trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

We rode our bikes from the nearest parking lot and it is a slippery ride, but fun. Lots of work on the way back. Also, you really can go all the way through the caves and should be prepared to do that. Its really easy, but scary. Water is very high and ceiling is very low. Your shoes should strap on or wear watershoes or old sneakers.

GREAT date idea. Bring a picnic and eat on the beach just 1k from the caves.

Visited July 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Amazing caverns, less than an hour from downtown Ottawa!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

I have to give the Lusk Caves a 5-star rating - it was simply awesome to be able to go caving so close to downtown Ottawa, and with so little preparation.

You access the caves from Gatineau Park's Lac Philippe entrance, at the north end of the park. From there, you park at the beach and hike/walk approx. 5km, but it's an easy trail. The caves are split into two sections - one section consists of a cavern with sections of open-air crevices above and is relatively easy to navigate. You could do this section with relatively little gear - a headlamp and helmet are useful but not necessary, and kids could do it too.

The second section is more advanced - you NEED a headlamp, and although a helmet is recommended, it's not necessary. But, you can't be afraid of getting wet (and the water's cold!), and you can't be afraid of having to duck your head really close to the water in a confined space (and I imagine that during periods with lots of rain, you may have to go under water to navigate some sections...)

All in all, a superb place to visit, whether you're a kid or adult.

My only complaint is that the maps you get at the entrance of the park are not very accurate, and you can't use debit/credit to access the park - there's a $10 day fee - despite them having a debit/credit machine right there?!?! However, despite the minor inconvenience, the caves are awesome, hence the 5-star rating!

Visited August 2012
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