NCC Opens Its Beaches

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

National Capital Commission (NCC) beaches in Gatineau Park and Leamy Lake Park open tomorrow for the summer season.

From June 14 to September 2, 2024, lifeguards will be on duty from 10 am to 6 pm at beaches on Meech Lake and Philippe Lake, and from 10 am to 7 pm at Leamy Lake. Visitors are asked to be mindful of personal safety and stay in marked swimming areas.

Please note that due to the Philipe Lake campground rehabilitation, Smith Beach is closed this season.

Water testing

Water quality is tested every week. Test results, as well as the full list and status of beaches, will be available on our website as of June 14.


Philippe Lake’s Breton Beach is the most accessible for people with limited mobility. A paved path with a gentle slope leads to the beach and a wheelchair ramp. A beach wheelchair is available upon request. Over the course of the season, a beach access mat will be added to Blanchet, Parent, La Pêche and Leamy beaches.

Free shuttle

In partnership with Transcollines, the NCC is offering free transportation on weekends and public holidays to Meech Creek Valley and Philippe Lake (Breton Beach), until the end of October. For more information about shuttle schedules and itineraries, please visit our website.


Parking passes
Philippe Lake shuttle


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1 Response

  1. The Voter says:

    So I wonder if the NCC’s deal with Live Nation for the old Chapter’s Rideau building gives that company any level of control over events at any of the NCC’s other sites such as parks and beaches. Will musicians and other artists have to be booked through Live Nation and tickets sold through TicketMaster? It’s certainly a possibility since it’s a condition of their contracts to manage venues in other places. This could include small, local events at places like Westboro Beach up to larger events at places like Lebreton Flats.

    If people want to see what the NCC Board of Directors has to say about this, they have a public board meeting at 9:30 am next Thursday, June 30th, at their offices on Elgin.

    This may sound like an over-reaction but they’ve demonstrated in other communities what they do once they get their foot in the door.

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