Swimming

Take the plunge! Come and cool off at one of the many beaches. Relax and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the natural environment.

There are seven beaches in the region. Water quality is tested regularly.

All beaches are supervised by lifeguards during the swimming season. Lifeguards will be on duty from 10 am to 6 pm from June 16 to September 4, 2017. Note that swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty.

Most beaches offer accessible picnic tables, change rooms, toilet facilities and convenient parking (parking fees apply) Breton Beach has a wheelchair access ramp into the water, and a chair lift is also available. La Pêche Lake beach can be difficult to access.

Please note our regulations.

Water Quality

Water Quality

Beaches are tested every two weeks for bacteriological water quality.

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Swimmer’s Itch

Swimmer’s itch is a skin rash caused by tiny larvae called cercariae, which are found in some lakes. Swimmer’s itch is not associated with polluted water.

Over the past few years, cases of swimmer’s itch have been reported at the beaches in Gatineau Park and elsewhere in Quebec.

To help prevent swimmer’s itch, follow the tips suggested in the brochure published by Quebec’s Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. 

To find out if cases of swimmer’s itch have been reported this summer, please contact the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre. However, please note that cercariae can still be present in Gatineau Park lakes without cases of swimmer’s itch having been reported. 

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