Beaches with warmer water than in Maine

Beaches with warmer water than Maine


While many Quebecers like to be on the beautiful beaches of Maine, for the pleasure of being by the sea, it must be recognized that the water remains rather cold for swimming. Freezing, in fact.  

According to the website, the water temperature in July in Old Orchard is around 17°C/66°F. In comparison, in many of our beaches, the water can reach up to 24 °C.  

But no need to check with a thermometer, you can't really go wrong if once in the water, we find that it is swimmable. Here are three lakes where you can immerse yourself in water up to your neck. 


Major beach, in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts.

In Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Major Beach with its golden sand is one of the most beautiful in the Laurentians. When you have taken in enough sun, all you have to do is stand in the shade near the wooded area. It has picnic tables up the hill. A snack bar is a few steps away.  

For rent next door, at Camping Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts: pedal boats, canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. Nearby, the sailing school rents sailing boats, including dinghies. 


One of the wild beaches of Lac Taureau.

Located in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, this immense body of water is distinguished by its 30 kilometers of wild beaches when the water level is normal. The whole forms the Lac Taureau Regional Park. 

Easy to access, the municipal beach of Pointe-Fine stretches over one kilometer. From there, by kayak or canoe, the most adventurous are able to find, a rare thing, a deserted beach. 


Saint-Zotique beach, on the shores of Lake Saint-François.

On the outskirts of this widening of the St. Lawrence bordering Ontario, the beach of Saint-Zotique overlooks a horizon as far as the eye can see. With the palapas, it's like being at the seaside. 

There's plenty to have fun with the floating water course, volleyball and play areas. This is without counting the small boats for rent. In the picnic area, you can smell the pleasant spicy smells coming from the barbecue stoves. There is a beautiful atmosphere.  


  • Sainte-Agathe- des-Monts: Major beach
  • Saint-Michel-des-Saints: Pointe-Fine beach, campground de la Baie du Milieu, Auberge du lac Taureau, wild beaches 
  • Saint-Zotique: municipal beach (online reservations recommended) 



Road bike or mountain, hiking and swimming, there is no shortage of summer fun in Gatineau Park. You enter at the Visitor Center in Chelsea. Camping. Equipped tents for rent.


La Mauricie National Park is renowned for the beauty of Lake Wapizagonke. For rent: canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. Shallow waterfalls where to bathe. oTENTik tents for rent. Camping.

Alain Demers is the author of the book Rediscovering Quebec: 101 destinations, published by Éditions du Journal.