Water Quality

Beaches are tested every two weeks for bacteriological water quality.

Open water swimming : The NCC is allowing open water swimming at Meech Lake as part of a pilot project.

O'Brien Beach#

Lifeguards: On duty from 10 am to 6 pm, June 18 to September 6

Facilities include:

  • Washrooms: Dry toilets and change rooms.
  • Parking: Parking is available at the beach. Vehicle access fees apply.

Blanchet Beach#

Lifeguards: On duty from 10 am to 6 pm, June 18 to September 6

Facilities include:
  • Washrooms: Dry toilets and change rooms.
  • Parking: Parking is available at the beach. Vehicle access fees apply. Bus access to Blanchet Beach is not permitted by the Municipality of Chelsea.
  • Universal Accessibility: There are universally accessible toilets and picnic tables.


Dogs and pets are not permitted at Gatineau Park beaches.

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