The river attracts abundant wildlife, and provides easy access to the lake, its cliffs, islands and beaches, and hours of exploration by paddle (a canoe and two single kayaks are available).
In winter, le Canotier is an ideal location for local snowshoeing and skiing (cross-country and downhill). Edelweiss is about 20 minutes away, Mont Cascades and Vorlage about 25 minutes each. One can cross-country ski around the lake, or snowshoe in the surrounding hills. A groomed ski and snowshoe trail, Nakkertok, is about 15 minutes from the cabin, and the popular trails of Gatineau Park are approximately 30 minutes away.