Beaches are one of the best ways to enjoy the summer weather. You get to soak up the rays of sunshine, but at the same time you get to cool off in the water if you get too hot. Summer is a time head to the beach, play a game, read a book, and enjoy some snacks. Beaches are perfect for a hangout day with your friends or a family get together or a cute date with your bae.
It can be pretty tricky to find a beach close to Ottawa that is stunning. Ottawa isn't really home to many beaches at all really. The never ending search for new beaches to chill at each summer is a true struggle. Luckily there are quite a few beaches a couple of hours out of Ottawa that are sure to give you ultimate summer vibes.
Where: 805 Carling Avenue
With picnic tables and BBQ pits Britannia Beach is definitely an Ottawan favourite. There are many volleyball nets that you can rent if you wish to play a game of volleyball on the sand. Britannia Beach is also super close to a hidden ice cream shop that serves up Lucky Charms ice cream, yes please.
Where: Gatineau, QC J8Y 6V8
With calm waters and great views, Leamy Lake is a great place to spend your time this summer. This small scenic lake in Gatineau is very close to the Hilton Hotel as well as the Casino Du Lac Leamy. The beach has two volleyball courts, a playground, picnic areas, and a concessions area.
Haliburton Lake South Bay Beach
Where: Haliburton Lake, Dysart and Others, ON
Now if you're looking for a 3 hour road trip as well as a beach escape then Haliburton Lake South Bay Beach has got you covered. The beach has a 75 metre long sandy beach with plenty of space to play frisbee or a game of catch. There are many spaces on the beach where you can picnic with your friends while enjoying the warm weather. Rent a cottage and escape for a quick trip!
Parc du Lac-Beauchamp
Where: 741 Maloney Boulevard East
If you're searching for a picnic spot you have found it. This beach is located only 20 minutes outside of Ottawa. It's a nice place to walk around, picnic, and play catch. In early July this beach transforms into a fun party for a sandcastle festival that's insane!
Where: 2960 Riverside Drive
Now Mooney's Bay may not be the most glamorous beach ever, but it is one of the easiest beaches to visit in Ottawa. If you're looking for somewhere that's super easy to get to, then Mooney's Bay is great for you. There are so many gems close to Mooney's Bay. From a unique beach bar to a colourful ice cream beach shack, there's a lot to see while at Mooney's Bay.
La Pêche Lake
Where: Pontiac, QC J0X 2W0
La Pêche Lake is Gatineau Park's largest lake and it is stunning. The lake is about an hours drive from Ottawa. While at the lake you can rent a canoe or simply chill by the beachside. Be sure to bring your sunscreen and beach umbrella because this beach can get pretty hot.
Where: 745 Ottawa River Parkway
Though maybe not the most secluded beach in the city, Westboro beach is super convenient to get to. It is located on the Sir John A MacDonald bike path making it the perfect spot to bike to this summer. While at the beach you can also eat some snacks from their cafe and enjoy the live music that is often play at the Westboro Beach Cafe.
Where: Wakefield, QC
Morrison's Quarry is one of the prettiest beaches you'll visit this summer. The water is so turquoise and the views of cliffs are incredible. You and your friends are bound to have an amazing time while at this stunning beach. The beach is only a 30 minute drive outside of Ottawa and it's totally worth it.
Where: 1 Principale Street
Opening on June 1st this pretty beach is worth the 30 minute drive to Quebec. The park offers outdoor activities that include biking and swimming. The beach has a snack bar, lockers, and showers. Pack up your towels and your favourite book to read while enjoying the hot summer sun.
Where: 795 Trim Road
You may not want to swim in the water at Petrie Island, but it is a great spot to go to soak up the sun and play catch. If you're looking for a beach that's super convenient to get to, Petrie Island has got you. Anyone that lives in Orleans knows that Petrie Island is a true summer staple. Whether you go to picnic or lay on the beach, it's a great go-to beach for quick summer sun.
Where: Pontiac, QC J0X 3G0
Whether you head here to canoe or to lay on the beach, Lac Philippe is one of the most stunning places to chill at this summer. There are three main beaches at Lac Philippe; Breton Beach, Parent Beach, and Smith Beach. They are all set to open up on June 15th. Smith Beach is available to campers only, but with summer in the air camping is a perfect way to enjoy the weather.
Where: Caldwell-Carver Conservation Area
The Pond is open from June to September between 7 am and 2 pm. It's a secluded swimming spot that you can chill at if you're in search of a new summer hideout. The Pond is a great spot to go if you want an early morning swim. The area is a conservation area so be sure to leave your pets and bikes at home.
Where: Chelsea, QC J9B 1H9
O'Brien Beach is only 15 minutes away from Downtown Ottawa and it is totally worth visiting. The beach is located on the shores of Gatineau Park's Lac Meech. If you're seriously trying to escape from the city and enter a natural paradise, you have to check out this beach.
Where: Ottawa, ON K0A 3M0
Constance Bay is a shallow and relaxed beach. You can boat, water ski, canoe, bike, and horseback ride in the area! Constance Bay is a great place to go and chill out under the summer sun.
Lac du Poisson Blanc
Where: 37 Chemin de la Truite
Less than a 2 hour drive from Ottawa, this secluded beach is the perfect place to completely escape from reality. The area is dedicated to outdoor recreational activities, from hiking to swimming to canoeing, you're in for an outdoors adventure at Poisson Blanc Regional Park. The lake is 85 km long with about one hundred islands surrounding it.
Robert Simpson Park
Where: 400 John Street
This small beach is located in Arnprior. If you live on the outskirts of Ottawa, it's a pretty quick drive. There's a snack bar, play-structures, gardens, picnic tables, and a gazebo. The beach is perfect for a family day out or simply an escape from the city.