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Posted: July 25, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Swim Guide wants to help you find the best beaches in Québec for this August long weekend.

For the 2017 August Long Weekend, Swim Guide recommends these Québec beaches for their consistent excellent water quality (they passed water quality testing more than 95% of the time in 2017), and the beaches’ popularity with our users. We’ve also confirmed that these beaches are open this summer.

Happy swimming!

Best Beaches in Québec

Photo by NCC - CCN

Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
La Pêche Beach is the only public beach on La Pêche Lake and is the western-most beach of Gatineau Park. Key services include lifeguards on duty from 10 am to 6 pm during the summer; universally accessible toilets, change rooms and picnic tables; and parking is available. Note that alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted on the beach. *Water quality at this beach is tested every two weeks by the National Capital Commission (NCC)*
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
Parent Beach is one of three beaches on Philippe Lake, located on the north side of the Gatineau Park. Key services include lifeguards on duty from 10 am to 6 pm during the summer; universally accessible toilets, change rooms and picnic tables; and canoe, paddleboat and kayak rentals. Note that alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted on the beach. *Water quality at this beach is tested every two weeks by the National Capital Commission (NCC)*
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
Blanchet Beach is one of two beaches on Meech Lake, located in the Municipality of Chelsea within the Gatineau Park. Key services include lifeguards on duty from 10 am to 6 pm during the summer; and dry toilets and change rooms. Parking is available. Note that alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted on the beach. *Water quality at this beach is tested every two weeks by the National Capital Commission (NCC)* 

Photo by J. Michel (aka: Mitch) Carriere
 
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
Leamy Lake Park is located in the Hull sector of Gatineau and is the largest urban park in Canada’s capital region. Leamy Lake is connected to two rivers, the Gatineau River and the Ottawa River. Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm.. The park has two volleyball courts and a play area for children, as well as a picnic area with tables and barbecue pits. There is also a food concession stand, public washrooms, and paid parking.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
Smith Beach is reserved entirely for campers. Smith Beach is one of three beaches on lac Philippe, located on the north side of the Gatineau Park. Key services include lifeguards on duty from 10 am to 6 pm during the summer; universally accessible toilets, change rooms and picnic tables; and canoe, paddleboat and kayak rentals. Note that alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted on the beach. Camping is only available in specific areas. *Water quality at this beach is tested every two weeks by the National Capital Commission (NCC)*
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
Located on the Argile Lake, this beautiful beach is ideal for families. Take advantage of all the different activities that are offered: Kayak, Paddle-boats, canoes, swimming (you can also rent them!). If you have a boat, the camp site has a boat launch close by. Snack bars and picnic areas are on site. If you wish to camp here, make sure to call them : 819 766-2826. Environnement-Plage is testing the water quality at this beach 2 to 5 times a year.

 

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