Discovering Lac Temiscamingue with the best boaters around
Earlier this year, I was invited by Témis TV & Ontario Travel to go on a discovery trip to the Temiscamingue region in the province of Quebec. At the heart of this region lays a huge lake called Lac Temiscamingue which has shores that are both in Ontario and Quebec.
The ultimate goal of this trip was to discover the region by the water ways. To help us with that goal, we met with Roger & Vivianne, which are basically boaters extraordinaire of the region. Meeting with these ambassadors allowed us to live like locals and discover hidden gems we couldn’t have found only by ourselves.
Pictures are worth a thousand words
Here is my photo journey of 5 days on Lac Temiscamingue. At the bottom of the article, you’ll find a map of the places we visited during this trip.
I have never seen so many lakes in my entire life, if you’re dreaming of a cottage by the lake, you’ll be charmed by this region. In fact, there’s a rumour that each family of the region could have its own lake.
2. It’s beautiful even when it rains!
3. An afternoon stroll led us to this beautiful river, right in downtown Temiscaming. Perfect for all the nature lovers out there!
4. Of course, such beautiful scenery opens up many photographic opportunities, be sure to have your camera or phone ready at any time to snap the perfect shot.
5. Strolling in the forest
6. Apparently, bears wear glasses in this region!
7. Colourful houses got me like…
8. The main industry of Temiscaming is Tembec and they even managed to make the plant look beautiful!
9. Hopping from dock to dock…
10. Deep blue water
11. With so many lakes, you can basically paddle to anywhere!
12. Boat life is the best life, am I right?
13. Quick daily dive on the way home from work!
14. The expression “never stop exploring” makes all its sense here.
15. Visiting an abandoned hydro station…
16. And then taking advantage of the beautiful light coming through the windows.
17. No need for a car when you can have a boat
18. Quick stop at the marina to get more bait for your upcoming fishing adventure
19. When your house matches the trees #camouflage
20. Checking into the beautiful Miwapanee Lodge in Kipawa and this sign made me smile 😀
21. Having the lodge all to ourselves in Kipawa… so relaxing!
22. Did someone say balcony with a view?
23. It’s true what they say about the huge population of mosquitos in this region, but it makes up for beautiful photos with bokeh!
24. Cute dogs for days!
25. Spending all day on a pontoon in the middle of the lake
26. Admiring the scenery and looking at the “only” cloud in the sky
27. It’s easy to go on an adventure, just hop on your boat and you’re all set!
28. Beauty is right around the corner
29. Enjoying the last rays of sun on the lake
30. Discovering the future site of Parc national d’Opemican which is set to partially open in 2018.
31. Peaking through the branches. There’s a lakeview everywhere you look at!
32. Can’t wait to see what Parc national d’Opemican will look like, it’s a beautiful site!
33. Water taxi to our next destination!
34. Where am I? Ontario or Quebec?
35. Ending the day at the clay beach, magnificient spot where locals gather to all summer long.
36. Watching the stars is as easy as stepping out the door in this region.
37. Look, I just walked out the lodge and was able to capture such beauty in the sky!
38. And then waking up to a beautiful sunrise to hit the road again.
39. One last shot of the lake before we head to our next destination…
40. But first, coffee and breakfast! What a copious meal we had at the lodge this morning.
41. Quick stop at the farmer’s market in Ville-Marie
42. Fort Temiscamingue National Historic Site was back in the 17th century, a trading post for the fur…
43. Does these blankets remind you of anything? Hudson’s Bay Company trading post was here!
44. Fort Temiscamingue has a long history with the First Nations, that’s why they paid homage to First Nations’ artist in this part of the site.
45. Did someone say fried cheese curds? If you’re down for a great meal, stop at Bistro Elle & Louis in Ville-Marie.
46. And while you’re in Ville-Marie, make sure to stop at Chocolats Martine if you’re in for a treat.
47. If you’re a foodie, you gotta come when it’s Foire Gourmande de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue et du Nord-Est ontarien. It’s a gathering of all the producers of the region and you get to taste everything!
48. This strawberry slush from Nordvie farms made with Guizou, a rustic, natural and sparkling real fruit juice.
49. One last boat ride before we go…
50. Along with one fabulous sunset at the cottage.
51. Packing before we leave early tomorrow!
Areas visited during our trip to Lac Temiscamingue