10 beaches to bask on in the Outaouais
Where will you go this summer to wiggle your toes in the sand? The Outaouais and its 15,000 lakes are home to some beautiful beaches that are perfect for cooling off, kayaking or watching spectacular sunsets. To help you enjoy them, here’s a list of 10 beaches to discover in the Outaouais.
Gatineau Park beaches – Between wilderness and calm waters
Meech Lake (O’Brien and Blanchet), Philippe Lake (Parent, Breton and Smith), La Pêche Lake and Leamy Lake
Smith Beach is reserved for campers. Boat rental (canoe, kayak, paddleboard) is available at the Philippe Lake and Leamy Lake beaches.
Centre touristique du Lac-Simon beach – A little taste of the south!
1216 Principale Street, Duhamel
Boat rental (canoe, kayak, paddleboard) available.
Lac-Simon municipal beach – Golden sand and beautiful scenery
760 Tour du Lac Road, Lac-Simon
Free parking and beach access.
Lac-Beauchamp beach – A natural oasis in the city
741 Maloney Blvd. East, Gatineau
Base de plein air Air-Eau-Bois beach – Relaxation for the whole family
32 Chemin de la Base de Plein Air, Denholm
The Air-Eau-Bois outdoor centre offers many activities, both guided and independent. It’s the perfect place to introduce children to nature and the outdoors.
Des Cèdres Park beach – Stunning views of the Ottawa River and activities for everyone
1 Principale Street, Gatineau
Plage du Pont Blanc – In the heart of the community
257 Principale Street, Mansfield-et-Pontefract
Leslie Park beach – Splash in the pristine waters of the Pontiac
460 Belmont Road, Otter Lake
The park offers a host of activities, including hiking and mountain biking. Boat rental (kayak, canoe, rowboat) available. Children’s play structures.
Oiseau Rock Trail – A swim and a historic hike
1 Schyan Road, Sheenboro
Enjoy the unsupervised beach (with picnic tables) on the Ottawa River and the lake at the summit. Note: The trail is challenging in places and not recommended for young children.
La Pointe à David beach - a heavenly peninsula
1777, Baskatong Road, Grand-Remous