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.
Once you arrive at your destination, you'll find a large deck with tables, swings, umbrellas, and lounge chairs overlooking Lake Ontario. There's also a sauna, bar and restaurant, fire pits and — the pièce de résistance — a 70-foot pool.
It is important to note that the restaurant and pool are seasonal, which means they close the first week of October. The rest of the terrasse remains open for the month of October with campfires, beverages, hot dogs and s'mores kits still available.
If you want to stay at The Lakeside, you have some options. You can "glamp" in white tents on the grounds, rent one of 11 rooms in the motel or rent one of two small houses near the water's edge.
Rates start at around $200 per night for one of the five tents and go up to about $795 for a house, depending on the time of year.
Though the resort is in Quebec, you can still sip cocktails on sandy beaches, take a dip in multiple pools and tubs, and enjoy delicious food from three on-site restaurants — all while surrounded by three lakes and the gorgeous nature of the Laurentians.
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.