Until September 3, 2012, residents and visitors will have daily access to O’Brien, Blanchet, Breton, Parent and La Pêche beaches, in Gatineau Park, from 10 am to 6 pm and to Leamy Lake Beach from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. Lifeguards will be on site during these hours. Swimmers will have access to facilities such as washrooms, change rooms and picnic tables.
The NCC urges the public to be prudent and keep personal safety in mind. Swimmers must respect designated hours, when beaches are supervised, and the swimming areas defined by buoys.
Meech, Philippe and La Pêche Lake beaches: $10 per automobile; $30 per mini-bus; $50 per bus; $70 for a season’s pass.
Leamy Lake Beach: $7 per automobile; $ 21 per bus.
The purchase of a daily pass for Gatineau Park beaches also includes access to Mackenzie King Estate and to Leamy Lake Beach.
Canoes, kayaks and other non-motorized vessel facilities are available for rent at both Philippe and La Pêche lakes. For those looking to discover some of Gatineau Park’s recreational pathways, bike rentals are available at Philippe Lake.
Water sample testing results:
The NCC would also like to inform the public of the results of water sample testing done at NCC public beaches in Gatineau Park and Leamy Lake on June 3, 2012. Water samples taken at all beaches meet bacteriological standards for swimming. Below are the results:
Meech Lake – Gatineau Park
O’Brien and Blanchet beaches: Class A – excellent for swimming
Philippe Lake – Gatineau Park
Breton, Parent and Smith beaches: Class A – excellent for swimming
La Pêche Lake – Gatineau Park
La Pêche Lake Beach: Class A – excellent for swimming
Leamy Lake Beach
Class C – fair for swimming