Mulvihill Lake in Chelsea, Quebec

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Mulvihill Lake, nestled in the heart of Gatineau Park, offers a tranquil escape for visitors to Chelsea, Quebec. This serene lake is the perfect spot for a leisurely lunch, a short hike, or a relaxing picnic before or after work. Located just half a kilometre beyond the parking lot below the MacKenzie King estate along the Champlain Parkway, it’s easily accessible and a must-visit for nature lovers.

A Family-Friendly Adventure

The trail around Mulvihill Lake is beautiful and easy enough for young children, making it a fantastic destination for families. The hike takes less than an hour, providing stunning views along the way. Picnic tables are available, inviting visitors to sit and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

A Bit of Local History

The Mulvihill family has deep roots in the Ottawa area. John Mulvihill moved here in 1828, attached to the 100th Regiment during the construction of the Rideau Canal. His son Phillip later purchased the property where Mulvihill Lake now lies. Originally, this area, known as “The Hollow,” had no lake until Basil (or Bud) Mulvihill created it with a bulldozer in 1948 or ‘49.

A Lake with a Story

Interestingly, the creation of Mulvihill Lake stirred some controversy. William Lyon MacKenzie King, a prominent figure with a strong connection to the area, objected to the artificial lake due to its impact on the water supply to Bridal Veil Falls. Although a lawsuit was filed, MacKenzie King’s passing in 1950 ended the legal battle.

In 1953, the earthen dam holding back Mulvihill Lake broke, causing a rush of water that washed out some of MacKenzie King’s beloved stone bridges. Over the years, Mulvihill Lake has evolved into a peaceful spot with an observation platform where visitors can watch frogs and minnows.

An Accessible and Free Experience

Mulvihill Lake is a free attraction, making it an excellent choice for those looking to enjoy the natural beauty of Chelsea without spending a dime. The observation platform, installed in 1977, was designed for wheelchair-accessible fishing and adds to the inclusive nature of this lovely spot.

A Friendly Reminder

Chelsea is a beautiful place with great and kind locals. Visitors are encouraged to leave Chelsea better than they found it. Enjoy the serene environment of Mulvihill Lake, and remember to respect the natural surroundings and fellow visitors.

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