Oka National Park has two sectors: the beach (detailed in this post) and Calvaire (a historic site sitting on the high hills of Oka). Oka Beach is located on the north shore of Lac des Deux Montagnes. Why do we like this beach? On the day we visited, although there were so many people, the long beach allowed us to relax and to enjoy the day in a not-too-crowded way. Shallow water is perfect for young kids, sandy beach, two playgrounds, lots of picnic areas and several lifeguard stations along the beach – on the shore and in the water!
Address: 2020 Chemin d’Oka, Oka, QC J0N 1E0, QC – entry ‘Le Littoral Visitors Centre’
Drive: about 50 minutes west from Montreal Island
Parc national d’Oka is open year-round from 8 a.m. until sunset
Entry fee: Sepaq tariff per person 18+ and a charge for car parking when lifeguard is on duty (check website for exact rates)
Lifeguards: Yes (check exact dates & hours on website)
Changing rooms & toliets: Yes
Two snack bars: Yes
Picnic areas & tables: Yes (many!)
BBQ area: Yes
Rental: Yes – kayak, canoe, pedal boat, life jackets. Bike, fat bike, hybrid bike, kids’ bike.
- Tip: Combine your visit with the nearby Richard Legault Apple Orchard (during apple picking season – August to October)
Pay at the Sepaq booth and follow the signs to the beach (plage). There are a few parking areas. if you head to the parking on the right, you will be closer to the playgrounds and a snack bar. If you head to the parking on the left, you will be closer to the second snack bar, boutique, boat rental area and the Aquazilla.
Aquazilla – an inflatable watercourse. Check prices on the Sepaq site. For 6 years old +, minimum 1.10 meters. Must wear a life jacket. Open from June 16 to September 3, 2018 (every day, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
The beach is arranged in this way: From the parking, you will find many picnic tables in the shadow spread along the beach. These picnic tables are right below the trees where the sandy beach starts. There is a nice wooden deck which allows you to reach parts of the long beach in the shadow (playgrounds, snack bars, boat rental area, bathrooms, etc).
The playgrounds are super nice, there are two – one is for younger kids.
The second snack bar and rental area:
We did not do the Aquazilla, as it looked very busy and quite loud (there were people playing volleyball on the inflatables).
There was cool music coming out of speakers and the sand was just perfect.
You can see the Aquazilla in the water (yellow inflatables).