The Leamy Lake pathway and pavillion are closed until further notice due to high-water levels.
Leamy Lake Park occupies an area of 174 hectares. It is located on Fournier Boulevard in the Hull sector of Gatineau, and is accessible to pedestrians and cyclists via the Leamy Lake Pathway.
A true urban oasis, this park is an excellent spot for a day trip or for outdoor sports and recreational activities.
- Washrooms: From May to Mid-October (weather permitting), 7 am to 10 pm
- Swimming: June 18 to September 6, 10 am to 7 pm
- Parking: Mid-April to mid-May, 7 am to 5 pm. Mid-May to winter closure, 7 am to 10 pm. There is a parking fee during the swimming season.
Beach and recreational activities
Surrounded by Leamy Lake, and the Gatineau and Ottawa rivers, the park has a supervised beach for swimming, while lifeguards are on duty; two volleyball courts; a playground for children; a picnic area; (charcoal) barbecue pits; and a network of pathways for hiking and biking. The NCC is allowing open water swimming at Leamy Lake as part of a pilot project.
The Centre de plein air du Lac-Leamy, operated by the Ville de Gatineau, rents canoes, solo and tandem kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. In winter, it also rents snowshoes and cross-country skis. And when it’s time to take a break, grab a bite to eat or sit back and enjoy the view, the Saint-Éloi Café Bistro welcomes you, and offers a varied menu.
To reach the lake by boat, you must go through the Leamy Lake Navigation Channel. This channel also leads to Lac de la Carrière and the Casino du Lac-Leamy.
Ecology and archaeology
To get to the Màwandòseg Bridge over Leamy Creek, follow Voyageurs Pathway, which is part of The Great Trail of Canada and the Route verte. Along the way, interpretation panels tell the story of the bridge. The lookout, on the southeast side of the bridge, offers a spectacular view. Nesting areas of the northern map turtle, a species at risk, are also found here.
Leamy Lake Park is also an exceptional site for birding, where more than 180 species of birds have been observed. Among the many birds observed are the pileated woodpecker, Northern cardinal and cedar waxwing.
The park contains important archaeological sites, revealing that people occupied this area as early as 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. Public digs have uncovered objects that provide information about the history of First Nations peoples in the region: implements made of stone and native copper, as well as fragments of pottery made by the inhabitants of the campsites.
Discover the remarkable trees in this area.