GATINEAU PARK: UPDATE REOPENING OF BRETON BEACH AT PHILIPPE LAKE

Sports & Recreation • Posted by OttawaStart on July 08, 2011

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is pleased to announce the reopening
of the Philippe Lake sector of Gatineau Park, closed to the public since the torrential rains of June 23 and 24.

Tomorrow, Saturday July 9, the Philippe Lake area will be reopened to the public as follows:
.       the public (excluding campers) will have access only to the parking lot at Breton Beach;
.       access to various services and activities will be from the parking lot at Breton Beach;
.       beyond Breton Beach, access to this area will be limited to campers;
.       Parent Beach area will remain closed for the season because of the damage incurred
     during the June 23 and 24 weather event ;
.       Lusk Cave and boat rental: visitors should use the parking lot at Breton Beach;
.       canoe and kayak launch: at Breton Beach.

Breton Beach
.       beach will open tomorrow July 9 and water quality is 'B', good for swimming;
.       parking lot open to all. The parking lot will also serve those who wish to visit the
     Lusk Cave or to use the boat rental service;

Lusk Cave
.       open - visitors will use the parking lot at Breton Beach;
.       water level is low and the site is safe.

Parent Beach
.       beach is closed for the season because of the damage incurred during the June 23 and 24 weather event and there is no lifeguard on site;
.       parking lot is closed to the public except for campers;
.       boat rental is open and, to get there, visitors will use the parking lot at Breton Beach;
.       visitors to the Lusk Cave will walk from the parking lot at Breton Beach.

La Pêche Beach
.       swimming area has been expanded: two lifeguard positions have been added;
.       water quality is 'A', excellent for swimming;
.       canoe-camping at La Pêche Lake remains open

Trails
.       all trails are accessible. Trail users are urged to exercise caution. Wearing good hiking
     shoes is recommended, wearing sandals should be avoided;
.       work is still needed on several trails. NCC and the services récréatifs Demsis crews
     are still at work on the clean up and rehabilitation of the trail network;
.       trail surface may be damaged or littered with debris in some areas.


The NCC urges the public to keep personal safety in mind and respect signage and barricades in place.

For more information on beaches and camping in Gatineau Park, the public may contact the NCC at
819-827-2020, 1-800-465-1867, 613-239-5090 (TTY) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY), visit the NCC's website at www.gatineaupark.ca, or visit the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre located at 33 Scott Road, in Chelsea, Quebec.



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