Louise Queen

A Birthday Paddle

In My day to day on May 17, 2009 at 4:05 pm

When asked what he would like to do for his birthday, Mr Queen, promptly chose heading to a lake for a paddle.

Dauphinee Mill Lake (known as Mill Lake to the locals) is quite close to Halifax and a popular place for the well heeled from the city to have a weekend or vacation cottage. A lot of the cottages can only be accessed by boat and hence a Thursday so early in summer was a perfect opportunity for us to canoe without getting swamped by too many motor boat wakes. We particularly liked this one little cottage, shrouded in trees on its own private island…

lake cottage

lake cottage

The lake is nearly divided in half with a lovely channel connecting the two…

map

map

An alternate way back to the south half is via a short carry over called the “Pull Through”. (20m) It can be tricky to find. When headed north look for an orange sign with a black arrow. When headed south, the portage is tucked in to the right of a turquoise cottage.

Pull through

Pull through

Pull through..done!

Pull through..done!

The shoreline is rocky with a few beaches… which proved useful when it came to lunch time. We’d brought sandwiches but this little spot was already fully equipped with a campfire and grill so next time we’ll be bringing steaks and beer!

Picnic spot

Picnic spot

resting

resting

We had a very enjoyable paddle out to the little sandy beach…

paddling

paddling

…but on the way home, once we crossed the pull through, the wind decided to really put our paddling to the test. Our 3 course dinner was well deserved!

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  1. I’ve only read about portages, but never seen them. That one doesn’t look too bad, but I’ve not sure about carrying our loaded kayak through. We’ll definitely have a trip on that lake though, it looks lovely – don’t they all on a nice bright day?

  2. The veiws on mill lake looks great.I could stay in the little cottage just fine

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