Beach and Water Conditions

Photo of a little boy walking along a sandy beach
One of the many beaches in Gatineau Park

During the swim season, the NCC conducts routine tests every two weeks to check the bacteriological water quality at its public beaches.

Visit the swimming page to find out more information about the facilities at each beach.

Location Beach Class Bacteriological WATER Quality Last Sample Collected
Meech Lake O’Brien A Excellent August 12, 2014
Meech Lake Blanchet A Excellent August 12, 2014
Philippe Lake Breton

B

Good August 12, 2014
Philippe Lake Parent A Excellent August 12 2014
Philippe Lake Smith A Excellent August 12, 2014
La Pêche Lake La Pêche A Excellent August 12, 2014
Leamy Lake Leamy A Excellent August 12, 2014

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.