Swimming in Gatineau Park

Photo of two children playing in a lake in Gatineau Park
Swimming in Gatineau Park

Beaches will be open from June 12 to September 7, 2015; lifeguards on duty from 10 am to 6 pm.

  • O’Brien Beach (Meech Lake)
  • Blanchet Beach (Meech Lake)
  • Breton Beach (Philippe Lake)
  • Parent Beach (Philippe Lake)
  • Smith Beach (for campers only at Philippe Lake)
  • La Pêche Beach (La Pêche Lake)

NEW! Snack Bar at Breton Beach

June 12 to September 7, 2015
Fridays from 11 am to 5 pm and weekends from 10 am to 6 pm

You can get something to eat (sandwich, hot-dog, beverages, ice cream, snacks, fresh fruit) and beach items (towels, beach toys, sunscreen, hats, disposable cameras, etc.).

Beaches are tested every two weeks for bacteriological water quality. Visit the beach conditions page to find out which beaches are open and for information about the water quality at each beach.

Swimming is only allowed when lifeguards are on duty. Quebec regulations do not permit swimming anywhere else in the Park.

Dogs and pets are not permitted on Gatineau Park beaches.

Help us protect Gatineau Park and leave no trace.

Facilities
Washrooms Dry toilets and change rooms: O’Brien, Blanchet and La Pêche beaches. Washrooms and change rooms: Breton, Parent and Smith beaches.
Parking Parking is available by each beach. Vehicle access fees apply.
Universal Accessibility There are universally accessible toilets and picnic tables at all beaches except the O’Brien beach. Breton Beach has a wheelchair accessible ramp into the water and a lift chair is also available. The La Pêche facilities can be difficult to access.

For more information see Gatineau Park’s visitor information.