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Quebec is expecting another very hot summer this year. To cool off, nothing beats taking a dip in some of the province’s most beautiful bodies of water. Outfitters have all that and more! Young and energetic swimmers will have fun splashing around in the floating playgroundsThis link will open in a new window at six Quebec outfitters. Here are our top suggestions—from west to east—where the whole family can enjoy a fun and safe time in the water. 


Pourvoirie Chalets Diane at Laniel in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

With over 2,000 sq. km. of public land to explore at Pourvoirie Chalets DianeThis link will open in a new window, there’s endless space and lots of activities to enjoy. Lake Kipawa’s crystal-clear water, along with its archipelago and numerous bays, are an ideal playground for water sports enthusiasts of all ages. Besides the floating water park, you can venture out on a paddleboard to explore the dramatic cliffs bordering the lake. If fishing is your thing, the nearby lakes abound in northern pike and smallmouth bass. 

Currently run by fifth-generation outfitters, this establishment is known for its superb wilderness cabins. The area is home to many animals, making hiking and wildlife watching all the more memorable! 

Chez Rainville, at Grand-Remous en Outaouais

Chez RainvilleThis link will open in a new window is an outfitter certified as “family-friendly” (and there are many more of these throughout Quebec). That means it’s all set up with installations and activities geared toward families.  

The cabins and campsites spread across the territory make for an ideal vacation destination along the banks of the Baskatong reservoir.  Two floating play structures add an extra touch of fun to the swimming area. The nearby long sandy beach and playground are a terrific place to play all day long. 

This outfitter is strategically located in a quiet, central bay of the reservoir—a great spot for fishing. Pike, walleye, landlocked Atlantic salmon, yellow perch and lake trout are among the species found here! 

Pourvoirie Domaine Bazinet at Sainte-Émélie-de-l’Énergie in Lanaudière

Bordering the warm sandy beach at Pourvoirie Domaine BazinetThis link will open in a new window is a floating playground complete with slides, climbing walls and a giant balloon. Parents can relax and enjoy the beautiful weather, while children spend hours splashing around in the water in Lac des Îles. 

But the fun doesn't stop there! There are five other lakes nearby, all accessible by car. Like to fish? The waters are teeming with speckled and rainbow trout, due to a mix of native and stocked fish. 

Domaine Bazinet is another outfitter certified as “family-friendly.” It also holds the “Aubergiste de la forêt” (wilderness lodge) designation. To qualify for this distinction, an outfitter must be rated 3 stars or above and offer a restaurant service (American Plan). Delicious food and a good night’s sleep guaranteed! 

Auberge du Lac-à-l’Eau-Claire at Saint-Alexis-des-Monts in Mauricie

Just like the two previous outfitters, Auberge du Lac-à-l’Eau-ClaireThis link will open in a new window is also a “family-friendly” establishment. It should come as no surprise that it offers plenty of activities, in addition to trout fishing! 

Local regulations prohibit the use of motorboats on the lake, other than those of the outfitter. This means you can safely enjoy the peaceful lake and floating playground. Maybe you prefer to be on the lake rather than in it? Hop aboard a pedal boat, canoe or kayak and explore the lake and beautiful surrounding nature. 

Top off your day at the wellness centre, where you can unwind in the magnificent pool, baths and saunas. With large windows all around, you can enjoy the full beauty of nature from the comfort of a lounging chair while indoors. 


Pourvoirie Némiskau at La Tuque in Mauricie

A floating obstacle course awaits you at Pourvoirie NémiskauThis link will open in a new window. Have fun tackling this impressive structure with family and friends. Lots of laughter guaranteed! Canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and paddleboards are available free of charge on the beach at Lac Pal. A great activity-packed day awaits you! 

In addition to its “family vacation” rating, Pourvoirie Némiskau is an ideal destination for enthusiasts of brook trout fishing and bear hunting. A wide range of package deals are available for all types of customers. There’s even a corporate package—perfect for your next group getaway or team activity. Take any excuse to visit this gem in Haute-Mauricie! 

Pourvoirie Domaine Desmarais at La Tuque in Mauricie

Located halfway between Quebec City and Montreal, Pourvoirie Domaine DesmaraisThis link will open in a new window is a family outfitter with over 32 lakes, home to numerous species of fish. One of the lakes also features two giant water trampolines that your energetic kids are sure to love! 

Back on dry land, you can enjoy the network of maintained hiking and mountain bike trails. When venturing out into the forest, keep an eye out for mushrooms and berries. Before picking any, make sure you can identify which are edible or poisonous. Not sure? Take a guided picking tour and learn all sorts of interesting facts. There's also a land trampoline, if you have any energy left at this point in the day!  

The outfitter's four-star cabins offer a comfortable night’s sleep, so you wake up refreshed and start all over! 

And there you have it! These outfitters with floating playgrounds also have a wide range of family activities on offer. Bring family and friends together to enjoy our outfitter-members’ lakes, the fresh air and top-quality facilities. A great way to discover and rediscover different Quebec tourist regions.