After months of confinement, easing back into society may be a lot for you to handle. If you need a break, Lac J'En-Peux-Plus is an idyllic little body of water less than two hours from Montreal — and it lives up to its name, which translates to, "I can't take it anymore" or "I've had it."
Legend has it that Lac J'En-Peux-Plus got its name when a lumberjack, out of breath, wanted to reach this lake and cried out, "J'en peux plus," at least according to the official government website.
To get to this hidden spot, you'll have to drive to the municipality of Montcalm in the Laurentians.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
Whether you prefer to swim, kayak or simply admire the view from a far-off lookout point, you'll definitely want to add these beautiful bodies of water to your summer bucket list.
Access Info: Swimming is allowed in designated areas, such as at the supervised beach
Address: Saint-Anicet Beach in Jules-Léger Park - 1582, 61e Rue, Saint-Anicet, QC
Why You Need To Go: An hour southwest of Montreal in Saint-Anicet, Quebec, is a little beach where the waters are so clear you'll feel like you've left the country. Enjoy the beach, picnic area and gorgeous views. There are also some really cute Airbnbs nearby.
Access Info: Swimming and watercraft are not permitted
Address: Gatineau Park - 33, ch. Scott, Chelsea, QC
Why You Need To Go: Even though it's green and not actually pink, as the name suggests, Pink Lake is known as one of Gatineau Park's most breathtaking sights. Hike the 2.3-kilometre loop around the lake to catch it from all angles.
Why You Need To Go: "Explore the majestic Lac Sacacomie whose shore extends over 42 km," reads the Hotel Sacacomie website. Whether you take a canoe, kayak, pedal boat or motorboat, the magnificent landscapes will not disappoint.
Why You Need To Go: It may not be a lake, but we couldn't leave a body of dazzling crystal-clear water off the list. Bonaventure River is a must-see in the Gaspe. You can canoe, kayak, standup paddleboard (SUP), snorkel, or tube.
Why You Need To Go: Located in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, you can swim or do other aquatic activities in the "nautical basin," next to the Domaine hotel, which includes a 15,000-square-foot beach.
White sand, clear blue waters, a horizon that seems to go on forever. You're probably thinking of some faraway beach on the other side of the world, like Tahiti or Fiji. But what if I told you that there was a place like that right here in Quebec? Well, there is, and its name is Parc national du Bic.