Centre touristique du Lac-Simon, Rue Principale, Duhamel, QC, Canada
Driving time from Ottawa
Length of the beach
Hiking trails to explore
8.5km of options
Don’t be put off because it’s popular
When you arrive at Lac-Simon, you’ll probably see people. Lots of them. And like you, they’re here for good reason: this is a gorgeous resort town with an awesome waterfront. Don’t feel crowded in. Instead, enjoy the festive energy – and of course, the convenience of extras that make logistics simpler. In addition to rental canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, there’s also campsites, mini-golf, a community centre, and snacks and ice for sale.
Heads up: there is a small day use fee to use the park (or you can get a season’s pass if you see more lake visits in your future).
Find yourself a private beach
If you’re bringing kids as part of your beach crew, go for a spot on the north shoreline, near the town of Duhamel, as it’s supervised by lifeguards in the summertime. But if you’re looking for more peace and quiet, head southeast to the area where the Rivière de la Petite Nation merges into Lac-Simon.
Take a hike
If you head southwest, you’ll run out of beach pretty quickly – but that’s okay. Head inland and parallel the scenic Chemin du Tour du Lac for a while, and as you round the bend and approach Baie de l’Iroquois, you’ll see lots of places where you can have a more secluded swim.
Take the plunge
When you walk barefoot across the sun-warmed sand and wade into the pleasantly cool water, you’ll be happy you didn’t settle for a swimming pool. People come from all over Ontario and Quebec to appreciate this lake. While you’re here, you can play in the shallows or practice some strokes to get in a bit of a workout.