Swimming in Gatineau Park

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

NCC beaches are open until September 1.

Take a dip in one of the lakes at Gatineau Park. There are five public beaches in the Park, as well as a beach for campers. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 am to 6 pm during the summer.

Gatineau Park Beaches

  • 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)

These 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.

The swim season runs from mid-June to Labour Day. During the swim season lifeguards are on duty each day from 10 am to 6 pm.

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.