With its multitude of lakes, rivers and streams, and a large portion of its territory set along one of the longest rivers in the world, it is no wonder Québec features so many beaches! As plentiful as they are diverse, our beaches are appreciated by sun worshippers and sports enthusiasts alike.
There is something for everyone on these stretches of sand found in national parks, resorts, rural areas or on the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Among the many options, families love the supervised areas offering lots of amenities, while others go for the smaller, more intimate beaches to find some peace and quiet. The choice is yours to make, but here is our list of the most beautiful beaches in the province to re-discover this summer.
Plage du Parc régional des îles de Saint-Timothée
240 Rue St-Laurent, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC J6S 6B9
On Montreal’s South Shore, the beach at this regional park gives you a mignificent sandy beach and crystal clear waters. You’ll be charmed at first site ! Lifeguards on the spot. Variety of activities : trecking paths, boat rentals volleyball courts. Snack bar and picnic areas.
81e Avenue Saint-Zotique, Lac Saint-François
This beach is located on the banks of Saint-Zotique lake and their waters are some of the best in the province. Many tropical inspired cabins for more shade. Multiple picnic tables under the refreshing shade of the many trees. With lifeguards.
La plage du Lac Simon
1216, rue Principale, Case postale 117, Duhamel, QC J0V 1G0
Two kilometers of warm sand, crystal clear water for swimming and boating activities and lots of cute guys and gals to watch…
2020, chemin d’Oka, Oka, QC J0N 1E0
Swimmers dive joyfully in the warm waters, others just sun bathe and relaxe, you’re undoubtedly in one of the province’s most loved beaches at the National Oka Park. It’s well known due to its proximity to Montreal and for it’s nude section called Okapulco ! The bushes could be tempting for some cruising, but be warned the security has it’s eyes on you guys !
Parc des Pionniers
536, rue Principale, Saint-Donat, QC
This is one of Québec’s most popular beach. Located on the banks of lake Archambault (Pioneers’ Park at Saint-Donat), it’s a rallying spot for groups of friends. The beach itself overlooks mountains and the swimming area is well secured and enables bathers to practice their favourite sport…
Plage du Parc de la Baie de Magog
Plage du Parc de la Baie-de-Magog, Rue de la Promenade Magog
Lake Memphrémagog, at the heart of the Eastern Townships, in Magog, is a true jewel. With lifeguards always on the lookout, you can enjoy the beach wether on foot, on bike or skates. Or maybe you’ll just want to relax and lay back for a while and the water quality is perfect.
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Plage Eau ClairE du Lac Simon
100, chemin du Lac-Simon, Saint-Léonard-de-Portneuf G0A 4A0
The water quality is really exceptional at this magnificent beach. An enchanting and quiet place where one can enjoy many sports. This place is really worth a detour for tourists…
Plage du Le Parc National de Pointe-Taillon
835, rang 3 ouest, Saint-Henri-de-Taillon, Québec, G0W 2X0
You’ll probably feel as if this beach were your’s and your’s only… Why ? It’s more than 15 km long and on a sunny hot day, the water gets warmer by the hour ! What more to ask ? Semi-preciious stones of course…
Plage le Rigolet
18, rue André, Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Québec, G8G 1T6
On the edge of Lac Saint-Jean, discover this public beach free access and numerous services: tourist information, walking trail and interpretive outdoor playgrounds and observation, restaurants, picnic area and motorized parking.
La Plage du Parc Jean-Drapeau
T. 514 872-6120
Not too far fromMontreal’s downtown this urban beach, this one is located at Jean-Drapeau Park, it also has fine sand and a lake to swim in or just relaxe and sun bathe. If you’d like, you can rent a canoe, a kayak or pedal-boat or can play volleyball with a bunch of friends..
Plage Haldimand, rue de la Plage, Gaspé (à 8 km de la ville de Gaspé)
Located near the Gaspé downtown area, this long beach offers the picturesque view on Forillon and Cap-aux-Os and on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This is one of the region’s nicest beaches with it’s 1 km long stretch of sand. At the end of July each year there’s a sand castle competition.
Plage municipale de la Tête-du-Lac
Plage municipale de la Tête-du-Lac 50, Chemin de la Tête-du-Lac, Pohénégamook
Discover one of Quebec’s nicest fresh water beach that stretches on 1 km long fine sand with many acitivities. Swimming area with lifeguards.course…
PLAGE DE L’ANSE-AUX-COQUES
Sainte-Luce, Québec, G0K 1P0
During hot summer days, many locals flock this beach called l’Anse-aux-Coques, a narrow beach protected by a wall that follows the St. Lawrence river.
Photo_Gaëlle Leroyer — Parc national d’Aiguebelle