Plunge into an Outaouais oasis



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So you’re looking to find the perfect swimming spot this summer, and you’d rather not resort to a chlorine-filled pool? Lac-Simon is the solution. It’s calm, clear and large, and has over 2km of beach perfect to relax on. Find out where to go if you’re bringing the family or if you want to escape the crowds.


Centre touristique du Lac-Simon, Rue Principale, Duhamel, QC, Canada

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Driving time from Ottawa

1.5 hours

Length of the beach


Hiking trails to explore

8.5km of options

Planning your day

Chill out and cool off

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.

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