Photography Journal by Heidi Csernak
Hidden Gem in South Frontenac
There is no doubt that Gould Lake Conservation Area is an ideal place to enjoy a tranquil day.
This lake is so peaceful, with minimal boat traffic, and even when there are dozens of paddlers, with 222 hectares of surface area, it's easy to feel like you have the lake all to yourself.
The lake was calm along the shorelines.
The kayak cuts smoothly through the water - there are only the smallest ripples following the watercraft.
The paddles dip through the surface without splashing; droplets of water fall from the blades with every stroke.
Fish, fallen logs, and rock could clearly be seen through the surface.
Rise of the Canadian Shield
The small silhouettes in the distance become masses of rock, the Canadian Shield is rising from depths of up to 60 meters below the surface to tower above.
With almost 17 kilometres of shoreline, the lakeside varies greatly, from the cliffs and rock slides, to marshes, wetlands, woodlands and a few small sandy beaches.
Gould Lake Conservation Area is 589 hectares of incredible wilderness, located in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, part of the Canadian Shield.
Wildlife on the water seems to thrive, from great blue herons, loons, osprey, vultures, and seagulls to snakes, turtles, fish, frogs and more.
From the forest trails, there are chances of spotting songbirds, chipmunks, porcupine, deer, and bear, to name a few wild animals that inhabit the woodlands.
Island Hopping Across the Lake
A series of islands come into view, dotting the midway point of the lake.
This is the widest part of the lake, but not the deepest at only 32 metres.
The isles aid in the crossing of this large body of water. There position also help paddlers locate the crown land's boundary and the private lakeshore properties.
Escape to a Different World
Songbirds calls can be clearly heard from the woods and marshlands. Their musical serenades are punctuated by the buzzing of cicadas, the hum of dragonflies darting about, and the call of loons carrying across the lake.
These little bays of Gould Lake are full of wetland plants and flowers, from water lilies to pickerelweed and cattails.
It feels like floating in a real-life Claude Monet water lily masterpiece, like escaping to a different world entirely.
All thoughts of the hustle and bustle of daily life completely fade away.
#notsponsored - In 2019, Mike and I travelled workied with Frontenac County for the "Go Jump in a Lake! Crush Your Summer Goals #inFrontenac" experience blog. We had such a wonderful day on the water that the following month, I brought my mom to Gould Lake for a paddle alongside the rocky ledges and treed shorelines. Many images of the wilderness and wildlife in the conservation area were captured in between the two kayaking trips, and I had to share them with you!
Read about our kayaking adventures.
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