Published on June 17, 2021
The National Capital Commission’s (NCC) beaches in Gatineau Park and in Leamy Lake Park will open this Friday for the summer season.
As of Friday, June 18, until September 6, 2021, lifeguards will be on duty at the O’Brien, Blanchet, Breton, Parent, Smith, La Pêche and Leamy Lake beaches, from 10 am to 6 pm (7 pm at Leamy Lake). Various facilities such as washrooms, change rooms and picnic tables will be available to visitors.
The NCC urges beach-goers to be cautious and keep personal safety in mind. Swimming is allowed when the beaches are supervised and within the swimming areas marked by buoys.
Water sample testing results
Water sample tests taken on June 8, 2021, at the following beaches meet bacteriological standards for swimming.
- O’Brien Beach: Class A - excellent for swimming
- Blanchet Beach: Class A - excellent for swimming
- Breton Beach: Class A - excellent for swimming
- Parent Beach: Class A - excellent for swimming
- Smith Beach (for campers only): Class A - excellent for swimming
La Pêche Lake beach: Class A - excellent for swimming
Leamy Lake Park beach: Class A - excellent for swimming
During the swimming season, beaches are tested every two weeks for bacteriological water quality. The results are updated on the NCC’s website.
Open water swimming
During the 2021 summer season, the NCC is allowing open water swimming at Meech and Leamy lakes as part of a pilot project. The measures and instructions for this pilot project must always be followed and are in place to ensure the safety of all, including open water swimmers, boaters and people who practise other recreational activities. These measures and instructions include respecting water access points and swimming areas, as well as the specific times when open water swimming is permitted.
From June 18 to September 6, 2021, there is a fee to park at the following beaches and boat launch parking lots:
- Meech Lake (P11, P12, P13)
- Philippe Lake
- La Pêche Lake
- Leamy Lake Park
There is also a fee to park at the Mackenzie King Estate, starting June 18.
Daily parking passes are available at all times and can be purchased at the meters or at the entrance gates of the parking lots.
Season parking passes, which give access to all the 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.
In all of its paid parking lots, the NCC offers four hours of free parking to anyone whose vehicle displays an accessible parking permit.
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.
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 they receive important information and tips for the best possible experience. To notify the Visitor Centre, call 819-827-2020.