Little-Known Beaches Well Worth a Stop

Happiness at the beach! And especially if they’re still well-kept secrets …

Published on May 26, 2023

The Eastern Townships are well endowed with lakes and rivers and constitute a true paradise for water sports enthusiasts as well as for those who like to relax in the sun.

While some beaches are well known, such as the ones we find by Lake Memphremagog and Lake Massawippi, others are less known and are just as inviting when the weather warms up. Let’s see if you know the ones we’ve found for you…

By Carolyne Parent

Vale Perkins Beach, in Mansonville

The hamlet of Vale Perkins was named in honour of its founder who arrived here in the 18th century. Set alongside Lake Memphremagog, its dock is where, for more than a hundred years, steamboats travelling all the way to Vermont would drop their passengers! Different times, different ways! There’s still a pier here, for boaters, and the nearby municipal beach has a picturesque picnic area, with tables installed in the shade of the trees.

Nearby Attractions: Destination Owl’s Head, the Équinoxe microbrewery, Appalaches Torréfacteur—Roasters, Mansonville round barn.

The Beach at the Centre de la nature, in Cowansville

What an amazing recreational venue! Hiking and biking trails, play modules for children, a skateboard park, exercise machines, many sports courts including volleyball... There’s something for everyone before or after they place their towel on the shores of Davignon Lake! Psst: here you can rent canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and paddle boards.

Nearby Attractions: the Bruck Museum, The artisanal bakery La Mie Bretonne, Le Sage Brasseur microbrewery.

Pierre-E.-Perreault Beach, in Dudswell

Hurray for the pristine waters of Lac d’Argent and the grassy area next to the stretch of sand here! A small white and red checkered tablecloth always looks great for a family or lovers’ picnic. Note: boats can also be rented here.

Nearby Attractions: Dudswell’s Inhabited Forest

Lake Waterloo’s Municipal Beach, in Waterloo

Situated at the crossroads of three bike paths, this beach is a delightful stopover during your bicycle outing. You enjoy play modules for all ages, water sports equipment for rent, and public benches to enjoy the idyllic landscape.

Nearby Attractions: The Estriade cycling network of trails, Artria’s open sky museum, Waterloo’s pumptrack, Espace Boho Café, Sissi Buvette, microbrewery Robin-Bière Naturelle

©Charles Dion

The Beach at Weir Memorial Park, in Ogden

Did you know? R. Stanley Weir was responsible for the English lyrics of our national anthem, O Canada. His son, Ronald, built a monument to his memory and then bequeathed the land to the municipality. Today, campers and daily visitors alike can enjoy this vast green space from which you can access Lake Memphremagog.

Nearby Attractions: The Narrows Covered Bridge, the Tomifobia nature trail.

©Mathieu Dupuis

Lake Wallace Beach, in Saint-Herménégilde

There’s no better place to find tranquility: the site is indeed beautifully landscaped. You’ll find games for your children and the quality of the water is most often exceptional. It’s all good!

Nearby Attractions: Mount Hereford, St-Hubert Ranch, mountain biking within the Circuits Frontières network of trails.

The Municipal Beach at Val-des-Sources

Its original shape, in three sections, led to the name Trois-Lacs (Three Lakes). The swimming area was developed alongside the largest of these sections. Not to be missed: the spectacular sunsets that set the sky of the region ablaze. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Nearby Attractions: Observatoire du Puits Minier, Moulin 7 microbrewery, Birster distillery, Les Fromages latino cheese factory,

You should read

Our Lakes, Pure Treasures
Want to Enjoy a Swim in the Townships? Right This Way!
Canoe & Kayak: Where to Go in the Eastern Townships


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