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Visiting Kipawa Lake, Laniel: boating and fishing opportunities in western Quebec

Updated on September 11, 2014
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Boathouse on Lake Kipawa, Laniel, Quebec
Boathouse on Lake Kipawa, Laniel, Quebec | Source
Map of Lake Kipawa, at Laniel, Quebec
Map of Lake Kipawa, at Laniel, Quebec | Source

Wide, open spaces and waters

Laniel is both the name of a hamlet in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue district of western Quebec, and of the surrounding unorganized territory also. One of the major features of this area is the expansive Kipawa Lake (Lac Kipawa ), as is the Kipawa River (Rivière Kipawa ), which is a natural outflow of the Lake.

When I was travelling through this area, the locality's name, Laniel, caught my eye, since I recalled a French Prime Minister of that name (Joseph Laniel, 1889-1975), who served in that office from 1953 to 1954. However, I later learned that the locality is named for Armand Laniel (1866-1928), of the Oblate Missions, who worked to develop the area.

At Laniel, a large tourist map proclaims visitor opportunities at the labyrinthine Lake Kipawa as offering '1600 km of adventures'. There are many boating and fishing opportunities on the Lake. At Laniel, a boathouse is a local landmark. Fish in Lake Kipawa include walleye, trout and northern pike. Kipawa Lodge, at a location known as Edwards' Narrows, is known for its hunting and fishing tours.

Within the Lake itself, there is a number of large islands. These include McKenzie Island (île McKenzie) and île aux Ours .

Area communications with floatplanes are enhanced by Témiscaming / Lac Kipawa Water Aerodrome, situated 11 kilometres northeast of Témiscaming.

Also worth visiting

Fort Témiscamingue , Ville-Marie (distance: 30.5 kilometres) is a National Historic Site.

Témiscamigue (distance: 48.4 kilometres) has a local history museum in the former railroad station.

Notre-Dame-du-Nord (distance: 73.0 kilometres) is a scenic vacation centre on Lake Temiscaming, which is also known for its Truck Rodeo (Rodéo du camion ).


How to get there: Air Canada flies from Toronto Pearson Airport to North Bay Airport, where car rental is available. From North Bay (distance 115.5 km), take Highway 63 north to Thorne and Témiscaming and thence Highway 101 north ('Route 101 ') to Laniel . Please note that some facilities may be withdrawn, without notice. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.

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