Dive in, the water’s fine!


After an outbreak of cyanobacteria (blue-green) algae at a Meech Lake beach earlier in the summer, the National Capital Commission tested its beaches on Aug. 12 and yesterday released results confirming that water quality at almost all are good to excellent for swimming.


O’Brien — the beach that suffered the algae outbreak — Blanchet, La Pêche, Parent and Smith beaches in Gatineau Park have been given ‘Class A’ certification for water quality. These beaches are considered excellent for swimming.


Breton and Leamy Lake beaches were awarded ‘Class B’, meaning they are good for swimming.

Other results from a test Aug. 1 confirmed that Gatineau Park’s Carmen Lake may have toxic cyanobacteria and that visitors should avoid contact with the water if it is green or blurry.