Swimming season in 2021

Lifeguards will be on duty from 10 am to 6 pm (7 pm at Leamy Lake) from June 18 to September 6, 2021. For your safety, swim only when lifeguards are on duty, and stay in the swimming areas marked by buoys.

New: The NCC is allowing open water swimming at Meech and Leamy lakes as part of a pilot project.

Dogs and pets are not permitted at the beaches.

School groups, day camps and other groups: plan your visit to the beach

Water quality

Beaches are tested every two weeks for bacteriological water quality.

Beach
Status
Water Quality
Updated
OPEN A: Excellent July 23, 2021
OPEN A: Excellent July 23, 2021
OPEN A: Excellent July 23, 2021
OPEN A: Excellent July 23, 2021
OPEN A: Excellent July 23, 2021
OPEN A: Excellent July 23, 2021
OPEN A: Excellent July 23, 2021

Facilities

  • Parking: There are parking lots available by the beaches. From mid-June to Labour Day, vehicle access fees apply.
  • Washrooms: There are washrooms and change rooms available at the beaches.
  • Picnic area: Most beaches offer accessible picnic tables.
  • Universal access: 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.

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.