Lake Kipawa - The 10 Most Beautiful Lakes in Quebec and Ontario to Enjoy This Summer

The 10 Most Beautiful Lakes in Quebec and Ontario to Enjoy This Summer

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When it’s hot outside, we all want to jump in the water to cool off. With tens of thousands of lakes and beaches in the country, there’s never one that’s too far away. For summer fun, we have selected the most beautiful bodies of water for swimming and water sports in Quebec and Ontario.

 

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The most beautiful lakes in Quebec

 

1. Lake Témiscouata, in the province of Quebec

Canoe on the Lake Témiscouata, in the province of Quebec
© SEPAQ Photo credit: Marc Loiselle | Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata

The length of majestic Lake Témiscouata spans the borders of Quebec, between Gaspé and Acadia, and is the second largest lake south of the St. Lawrence River. It’s so big that you hardly have time to get around it in a single day, but be sure to fish there! Opt for canoe, paddleboard, pedal boat or boat, as you can best soak in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. If you prefer to stay dry, go around the lake, you can pedal the beautiful bike path of Petit Témis.

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2. Lake Saint-Jean, in the province of Quebec

Sunset on the Lake Saint-Jean, in the province of Quebec
Photo credit: Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean | Yves Ouellet

This lake is so expansive, it reminds you of the sea. Lake Saint-Jean has 1,100 square kilometers of warm water so clean you can drink it. It offers 54 km of sandy beaches and many attractions for boat lovers. Go camping at Camping Plage Robertson in Mashteuiatsh, kayaking with Equinox Aventure in Alma, or boat fishing to catch walleye and ouananiche with Aventure Lac Saint-Jean. Every end of July, the Traversée du Lac Saint-Jean, an event that has swimmers swim across the lake, attracts participants from around the world.

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3. Lake Saint-Pierre, in the province of Quebec 

Lake Saint-Pierre, in the province of Quebec
Photo credit: Tourisme région Sorel-Tracy

 

Expanding from Sorel to Nicolet, via the north shore of the lake near Yamachiche and Louiseville, Lake Saint-Pierre is dotted with small islands rich in biodiversity. Its lush vegetation makes it a paradise for birds, but also for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. You will find several boat ramps all around, some closer to Sorel, others closer to Nicolet or on the north shore. Also remember to book a trip at the Domaine du lac Saint-Pierre outfitter, in Louiseville, to cast your line into the water and take a ride in the “bayou”. You must stop at the Au Bord du Lac sea shack for a lobster roll.

Check the Tourisme Mauricie, Innovation and Economic Development Trois-Rivières and Tourisme Sorel-Tracy websites for more information.

4. Cabonga Reservoir, in the province of Quebec

Fishing - Cabonga Reservoir, in the province of Quebec
© SEPAQ Photo credit: Beside | Réserve faunique La Vérendrye

In the La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve, bordering the Laurentians and Abitibi, the Cabonga Reservoir is a huge lake. Well known to fishermen, the reservoir is full of outfitters where you can catch walleye and lake trout. It’s also a great exploration ground for water adventurers and camping enthusiasts.

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5. Lake Kipawa, in the province of Quebec

Lake Kipawa, in the province of Quebec
Photo credit: Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue | France Lemire

South of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Lake Kipawa is an aquatic labyrinth that spans 300 square kilometers. Fun to discover by boat, kayak or paddleboard, it offers many bays, hundreds of islands and welcoming beaches. Full of fish, cast your line there and you will be sure not to return empty-handed; walleye, perch, northern pike, smallmouth bass and lake trout await you. Sépaq Parks also offers activities at Lake Kipawa through the Parc national d’Opémican.

Check the website for more information (French only).

 

6. Lake Témiscamingue, in the province of Quebec

Lake Témiscamingue, in the province of Quebec
Photo credit: Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue | France Lemire

Also bordering the Opémican National Park, Lake Timiskaming is part of the Ottawa River and is located on the border of Quebec and Ontario. Stretching over 108 km, the lake is surrounded by impressive cliffs that plunge into the water, up to 120 meters deep in some places. It’s not for nothing that it bears the name of Témiscamingue, or Timiskaming, which means “where the water is deep”. Go out on a rabaska, paddleboard or kayak and glide on the water to admire the vastness of this magnificent body of water.

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The most beautiful lakes of Ontario

 

7. Sandbanks on Lake Ontario, in the province of Ontario

Sandbanks on Lake Ontario, in the province of Ontario
Photo credit: Unsplash | White.Rainforest

To enjoy Lake Ontario as if you were at the ocean, there’s nothing better than Sandbanks Provincial Park. With its three white sand beaches and camping in the dunes, you’ll feel like you’re somewhere far away without ever leaving the country. Spend the day swimming in the turquoise water when the sun is high or pull out your paddle board and relax on the calm waters.

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8. Wasaga Beach on Lake Huron, in the province of Ontario

Wasaga Beach on Lake Huron, in the province of Ontario
Photo credit: Unsplash | Nathan Rose

Wasaga Beach is the longest freshwater beach in the world. It features 14 kilometers of beautiful white sand along the shores of Lake Huron. Located in picturesque Georgian Bay, the sunsets alone are worth the trip. It’s also worth it for the anglers with some of the best opportunities for catches of rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. It is also possible to rent boats in the Municipality of Wasaga Beach or from Ontario Parks.

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9. Pancake Bay on Lake Superior, in the province of Ontario

Photo credit: Unsplash | Jaime Dantas

Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world making Pancake Bay Beach the perfect place to enjoy swimming and your favourite water sports. Note that Pancake Bay Park does not have a boat ramp. If you want to access Lake Superior, you will need to carry your boat in the water or by car to the ramp near the mouth of the Batchawana River. Canoe trips are worth the effort, but make sure you are experienced enough as weather conditions can change quickly.

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10. Katherine Cove on Lake Superior, in the province of Ontario

Photo credit: Timothy Neesam

The blue waters of Lake Superior can easily be compared to those of the Caribbean. And the sandy beach of Katherine Cove, located along its shores, is one of Ontario’s best kept secrets. Ideal for swimming, having fun on the beach and, of course, relaxation, this lake comes with its own breathtaking views. This is the perfect place for a day of swimming with the family.

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Also available in: French