Best Beaches in Québec to Beat the Heat this Summer

Head to the water and away from the hustle and bustle of the city on your next Québec adventure. Whether you love busy beaches or quiet shores, Québec’s beaches await and we’re sure you’ll love them all.

Not sure where to start? Check out our list of the best beaches in Québec.

Havre-Aubert Beach

While the Magdalen Islands are home to some of the best beaches in Québec, Havre-Aubert Beach is the most famous of them all. Walk the length of the beach’s golden strip of sand and admire the views. Nearby, you’ll find picturesque communities filled with lighthouses and brightly coloured homes. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Tessier Beach

If you are looking for beaches near Mont Tremblant, Tessier is only a 50-minute drive and fun for all ages. Families are sure to love the sprawling grassy fields that line the lifeguarded beach, providing picnic tables and shaded seating areas.

While this beach can get crowded in peak season, it’s the perfect high-energy destination for beachgoers in Québec

Local tip: This beach does have a $10 entrance fee, but it’s well worth the price.

Penouille Beach

Head to Forillon National Park for a day at Penouille Beach!

Penouille is considered one of the top beaches in Québec due to its proximity to the Fort Peninsula, and offers both recreation and history. If you are travelling with history lovers, be sure to take a quick excursion to see the fort which was built back in the 1940s, during World War II.

Apart from a beautiful sandy shore, this beach also has great waves for windsurfing. You might even catch a glimpse of the bay’s resident whales!

Lac Philippe

If you want to enjoy the best freshwater beaches in Québec with, visit the Lac Philippe in Gatineau Park. The lake is less than an hour’s drive from Ottawa and it features three beautiful freshwater beaches to visit.

For only an $11 park entrance fee, you can explore all the beaches and hikes the park has to offer. Rent a canoe or kayak to check out the lake explorer-style, or opt for a more leisurely paddle boat. Make sure you also visit the Lusk Cave, a marble cave with waterfalls and lots of great Insta-worthy photo ops!

Local tip: If you want to go for a half day, the park only charges a $5 entrance fee after 3 pm.

Oka Beach

Wondering what to do in Montreal on a hot summer’s day? Nearby Oka beach is a popular summer hot spot for locals and an excellent option for a quick getaway. The beach is only an hour drive from the city, inside the Oka National Park. Enjoy a variety of beach activities and the picnic area, or if you’re looking for more adventure, head for a hike or cycle one of the park’s trails. As one of the best beaches close to Montreal, this national site fills up quickly so we recommend arriving early to get the best spot.

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