News Release

June 17, 2022

National Capital Region—The National Capital Commission’s (NCC) beaches in Gatineau Park welcome the public today for the summer season.

From Friday, June 17, to Monday, September 5, 2022, lifeguards will be on duty from 10 am to 6 pm at the O’Brien, Blanchet, Breton, Parent, Smith and La Pêche Lake beaches. Given the shortage of lifeguards, some beaches may be unsupervised at certain times.

Various facilities such as washrooms, change rooms and picnic tables will be available to visitors. The beach at Leamy Lake Park is closed until further notice, due to high water levels.

The NCC urges the public to be cautious when swimming and keep personal safety in mind. Swimming is permitted only within the swimming areas marked by buoys.

Water sample testing results

Water sample tests taken on June 13, 2022, at the following beaches meet bacteriological standards for swimming.

Meech Lake

  • O’Brien Beach: Class A (excellent for swimming)
  • Blanchet Beach: Class A (excellent for swimming)

Philippe Lake

  • Breton Beach: Class A (excellent for swimming)
  • Parent Beach: Class B (good for swimming)
  • Smith Beach (for campers only): Class A (excellent for swimming)

La Pêche Lake beach: Class A (excellent for swimming)

During the swimming season, beaches are tested every week for bacteriological water quality. The results are updated on the NCC’s website.

Open water swimming

The open water swimming pilot project at Leamy Lake and Meech Lake continues in 2022. The NCC asks the public to follow safety measures and instructions at all times.

Parking fees

From June 17 to September 5, 2022, there is a fee to park at the following beach and boat launch parking lots:

  • Meech Lake (P11, P12, P13)
  • Philippe Lake
  • La Pêche Lake

The parking lot fees at Leamy Lake Park will apply once the beach opens.

Daily parking passes are available at all times, and can be purchased at the meters located at the parking lot entrance gates.

Season parking passes, for access to all beach parking lots in Gatineau Park, Leamy Lake Park and the Mackenzie King Estate, are available for purchase at the Visitor Centre or online. Season parking pass holders may register up to two vehicles on the same pass.

Boat launches

Gatineau Park has three boat launches for stand-up paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and rowboats.

  • Meech Lake: McCloskey Boat Launch, near P12
  • Philippe Lake: Boat launch near Parent Beach
  • La Pêche Lake: Boat launch near La Pêche Lake beach


The NCC offers four hours of free parking for vehicles displaying an accessible parking permit at the paid parking lots.

For swimming, Philippe Lake’s Breton Beach is the most accessible for people with limited mobility. A paved path with a gentle slope leads to the beach and a wheelchair ramp. A beach wheelchair is available upon request at the lifeguard station.


Groups wishing to visit Gatineau Park’s beaches should contact the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre prior to their visit. It is not possible to reserve the beach or parking space for groups, but our team will ensure that you receive important information and tips for the best possible experience. To notify the Visitor Centre, call 819-827-2020.

Media Information
Maryam El-Akhrass
Media Relations
343-551-6149 (cellular)