Beach and Water Conditions
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 16, 2016|
|Meech Lake||Blanchet||B||Good||August 16, 2016|
|Excellent||August 16, 2016|
|Philippe Lake||Parent||B||Good||August 16, 2016|
|Philippe Lake||Smith||B||Good||August 16, 2016|
|La Pêche Lake||La Pêche||A||Excellent||August 16, 2016|
|Leamy Lake||Leamy||A||Excellent||August 16, 2016|
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.