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Quebec’s Top Beaches

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For these hot summer days, who said that only the USA or New Brunswick had those nice beaches to relax and enjoy the season ? With plenty of lakes and rivers, Québec has a lot to offer for bathers and beach lovers… Québec has more than 250 public beaches with a diversity of styles and lenght. The choice is yours to make, but here is a Top 10 of some of the most beautiful beaches in province and another list of 25 beaches to re-discover this summer. Enjoy ! 

 

 

MONTRÉAL____________________

Plage de l’Horloge Beach

At the lower end of St.Laurent blvd. Montréal, Qc, H2Y 2E2. Montréal, Qc, H2Y 2E2. T. 1 877 496-4724 www.centredessciencesdemontreal.com

The Clock Tower Beach is located just a few yards away from Old Montreal, this urban beach in Montreal’s Old Port offers ideal vacations’ athmosphere with it’s many chairs, umbrellas and it’s fine sand and a shower for the lack of waves… For a drink between friends or for some quick food there is a bar to accomodate sun bathers. Layed out at the foot of the Clock Tower by internationally recognized landscape architect Claude Cormier (yep, the Pink Balls in the gay village is his creation also), this beach is the best there is between city and leisure and with a relaxed environment. 

 

 Parc Jean-Drapeau Beach

www.parcjeandrapeau.com

Not too far from the previous 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… 

 

Parc-nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques Beach

205, chemin du Cap-Saint-Jacques, Pierrefonds, QC H9K 1C7. T. 514 280-6778  www.ville.montreal.qc.ca

On the northern-western par of the Island of Montreal, this beach on the banks of Two Mountains’ lake wil let you think you’re somewhere on the cost, but you’re still near the city and offers a quiet beach and nice water. 

 

 

MONTÉRÉGIE____________________

Parc régional des îles de Saint-Timothée Beach

240 Rue St-Laurent, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC J6S 6B9  T. 450- 377-1117  www.plagevalleyfield.ca

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.

 

Saint-Zotique Beach

81e Avenue Saint-Zotique, Lac Saint-François  www.st-zotique.com

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. 

 

 

OUTAOUAIS____________________

Lac Simon Beach

1216, rue Principale, Case postale 117, Duhamel, QC  J0V 1G0  T. 819 428-7931 ou 1 800 665-6527 (réservation)  www.sepaq.com/ct/sim

Two kilometers of warm sand, crystal clear water for swimming and boating activities (kayak, canoe, pedal-boat and more), and lots of cute guys and gals to watch…

  

Parc des Cèdres de Gatineau Beach

Rue Raoul-Roy et rivière des Outaouais  www.gatineau.ca

On the Ottawa River, this long sandy beach is flancked by the forest on one side and the marina on the other. Sublime ! 

 

 

LAURENTIANS____________________

Oka Beach

2020, chemin d'Oka, Oka, QC J0N 1E0  T. : 450 479-8365   www.sepaq.com/pq/oka

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 !

 

Saguay Beach

A beautiful scenery of lake, of mountains and of sand and, surprise, surprise, not too many people, this is what you’ll get if you find this secluded but accessible beach an hour away from Mont-Tremblant mountain. Picnic area and lifeguards.

 

Lac des Sables Beach  /  Major Beach  /  Tessier Beach

Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts  www.ville.sainte-agathe-des-monts.qc.ca

One lake, but three sandy beaches open to the public and offering all many activities.

 

Beach club de Pointe-Calumet

BEACH CLUB DE POINTE-CALUMET, 701, 38e Rue, Pointe-Calumet, Qc  J0N 1G2 T. 450-473-1000   www.beachclub.com

What is Pointe Calumet’s Beach Club ? It’s beaches, terraces, swimming pool, bars, restaurants... A paradise in the tropics close to home! You can expand and relax on one of the beaches or dancing on the terraces where the biggest DJs in the world and the best local DJs show every summer!  

 

 

LANAUDIÈRE____________________

Parc régional du Lac Taureau Beach

Chemin de la Pointe-Fine Est, QC  T. 450-833-1334   www.parcsregionaux.org/index.jsp?p=33

You’d like a secluded and private beach ? Here’s your chance to find one, in the area of Lac Taureau, a large basin formed by the erection of a dam offers more than 30 km of beach some of them accessible only by boat or kayak, in fact there are about 50 or so islands.

 

Rawdon Municipal beach

Plage municipale Rawdon 3304, 8e Avenue Rawdon  www.rawdon.ca

It’s maybe for lovers who like to stroll along this long, long beach, their feet in the water… The municipal Rawdon beach is very inviting no wonder so many people like to go there and appreciate all that it can offer.

 

Parc des Pionniers Beach

536, rue Principale, Saint-Donat, QC  T.  819 424-2833 ou 1 888 783-6628  www.saint-donat.ca

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 many families and groups of friends. On a Saturday evening, free concerts in the heart of the village is a cool way to end a wonderful day at the beach. The beach itself overlooks mountains and the swimming area is well secured and enables bathers to practice their favourite sport…

  

 

CANTONS DE L’EST____________________

Parc de la Baie de Magog Beach

Plage du Parc de la Baie-de-Magog, Rue de la Promenade Magog www.ville.magog.qc.ca

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.

 

Lac aux araignées Beach

Plage du lac aux araignées, 2430, rue Saint-Jean Frontenac  www.munucipalitefrontenac.qc.ca

There is certainly no pollution at this site, Lac aux araignées (or Spiders’ Lake) holds one of the clearest and purest water in the region as well as one of the nicest beaches in the area, plus it has a wild scenery to be appreciated.

 

Complexe Baie-des-Sables Beach

Complexe Baie des Sables, 2370, chemin du Lac, Lac-Mégantic www.baiedessables.com

The Appalachian Mountains, Mount Gosford and lake Mégantic is what you’ll see when you’ll get to this beach, a place that has been spared by the ecological disaster that rocked the town of Lac-Mégantic last year during a train accident. Grass and sand covers this otherwise incredible beach. 

 

 

RÉGION DE QUÉBEC____________________

Eau Clair du Lac Simon Beach

100, chemin du Lac-Simon, Saint-Léonard-de-Portneuf G0A 4A0  T. 418 337-6741 / En saison : 418 337-3160  www.domainedulacsimon.com

The water quality is really exceptional at this magnificent beach. An enchanting and quiet place where one can enjoy many sports wether by boat, by bike (the Jacques Cartier/Portneuf bike path is located near the beach) or just on foot. This place is really worth a detour for tourists…

 

Baie de Beauport Beach

Boulevard Henri-Bourassa, Québec, QC G1J 5K3  T. 418 266-0722  www.baiedebeauport.com

Even tho you can’t swim, this 1 km long beach is worth the stop. Located on the shores of the Beauport Bay, you’ll have the incredible view on Orléans island and Saint-Anne mountain. During the day, boating and many other sports to play, and in the evening, shows and parties with Dj’s will certainly please a diversity of crowds. And it’s all 5 min. from Québec City…

  

Lac Saint-Joseph Beach

Plage Lac St-Joseph, 7001, boulevard Fossambault  Fossambault-sur-le-Lac    www.lac-saint-joseph.com

No you’re not dreaming, this is the only beach north of Virginia with real coconut trees ! But this half a km long beach on the shores of Saint-Joseph lake won’t be there forever, it’ll have to go to make space for housing complex…

 

 

CHAUDIÈRES-APPALACHES____________________

Éco-Parc des Etchemins Beach

213, 1re Avenue, Lac-Etchemin, Qc  G0R 1S0  www.eco-parc.qc.ca

Beautiful flower lanscapes, a park and a wonderful and secured beach.

  

 

SAGUENAY-LAC-SAINT-JEAN____________________

Saint-Gédéon Beach

8, chemin de la Plage, Saint-Gédéon, Québec, G0W 2P0  T. 418 345-8774  www.campingquebec.com/stgedeon

People like this beach because of it’s very fine sand, it’s party athmosphere and it’s sunsets as if you were on the coast.

 

Parc National de Pointe-Taillon Beach

835, rang 3 ouest, Saint-Henri-de-Taillon, Québec, G0W 2X0  T. 1 800 665-6527   www.parcsquebec.com

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...

 

Le Rigolet Beach

18, rue André, Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Québec, G8G 1T6  1 888 349-2060  www.ville.metabetchouan.qc.ca

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. Direct access to the bike path. 

 

 

ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE____________________ 

The beaches of the Magdalen Islands stretch over 300 km. In addition to being suitable for swimming at least three months a year, they are all beautiful.

 

Grande Échouerie Beach

A long time ago, the warm sands of this beach was the meeting place of harbour purpoise and unfortunate navigators. But today, one can watch the many seals play freely and, by low tide, explore some the many caves in the area. You can swim at your will if the sea is calm, but if the waters are rough, you can always lay back and enjoy the sun.

 

Pointe-aux-Loups Beach

A deserted beach with crystal clear water, it is one of the nicest and warmest in these islands. But beware, this beach is also one of the most dangerous around and the ocean currents are very strong.

  

Sandy Hook Beach

At Havre-Aubert, Sandy Hook beach is not to be missed with it’s fine sand that stretches for 12 km long. The view on Plaisance Bay and the Gulf of St. Lawrence is exceptional. The water is envigorating and one can lay in the sun rays on the north or the south side, it’s as you please. 

 

 

GASPÉSIE____________________

Carleton-sur-mer Beach

Québec 132, Carleton-sur-mer, QC G0C 1J0 T. 418 364-3544  www.carletonsurmer.com

A 1 km long beach of sand and pebbles, this beach gets really animated during the blues’ festival in August.

 

Haldimand Beach

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. 

 

 

BAS-SAINT-LAURENT____________________

Tête-du-Lac Municipal Beach

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.

 

L’Anse-aux-coques Beach

Sainte-Luce, Québec, G0K 1P0 www.sainteluce.ca

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. 

 

 

WATER QUALITY____________________

You will find (in French)  on the website of the ministry of Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs a list of the beaches categorize by the quality of the water at the last tests.

www.mddep.gouv.qc.ca/programmes/env-plage/index.htm#regions