Explore Lac des Quinze and Lac Simard
Lac des Quinze (145 km2) and Lac Simard (150 km2) are two imposing interconnected bodies of water that are expansions of the Ottawa River. In 1909, the construction of a hydroelectric dam raised the water levels in these lakes. Thus, they became an important reservoir for timber driving and acted as such for almost 65 years. Today, there are many outfitters and campgrounds on the shores of these lakes.
Boat-launching Ramps and Marinas
To access the eastern portion of the Lac de Quinze, many boat-launching ramps are accessible.
- Domaine de la Baie Gillies in Fugèreville
- Gillies Outfitters in Latulipe-et-Gaboury (44-space marina)
- Latulipe-et-Gaboury public wharf
- Moffet public wharf
In Laforce, a boat-launching ramp provides access to Lac Simard.
Trails to Discover
In Latulipe-et-Gaboury, 10km of trails overlooking the magnificent lac des Quinze await you. The Pointe-aux-Roches trail is accessible for hiking and mountain biking as well as for snowshoeing in the winter.
10e rang, Latulipe-et-Gaboury
At the Domaine de la Baie Gillies, which borders Lac des Quinze, a lovely sand beach is available to visitors. You can rent a kayak, rabaska, canoe, or paddleboat. There are also hiking trails if you’re looking to get out of the sun for a few hours.
Located on Lac des Quinze, not far from Moffett, is the Plage des Indiens (Indians’ Beach), which is only accessible by boat. It’s known as one of the most beautiful places to swim in all of Témiscamingue.
In the Laforce municipal camping area, bordering Lac Simard, there’s a lovely swimming spot with a small beach.
Restaurants and Picnic Areas
In Latulipe-et-Gaboury, less than a five-minute walk from the nearest quay, you can recharge at the Gillies Outfitters or at the Chez Mémé snack bar. Also, there’s a picnic area with tables and a furnished sheltered area at the municipal dock.
Many accommodation options are available to boaters. In Latulipe-et-Gaboury, there’s the Domaine de la Baie Gillies vacation centre, which has a campground and dormitories. Not far from there is the Gillies Outfitters, which has a motel, chalets, and a campground. In Moffet, four outfitters welcome visitors : Domaine Driftwood, Grassy Narrows camp, the Domaine des Quinze and the La Rive outfitters. In Laforce, on the shores of Lac Simard, there’s a municipal campground.