What we did today: Merveilles de sable


Today we went to check out Merveilles de sable (Wonders of Sand) at Lac-Beauchamp in Gatineau. Good citizens of Gatineau, you’ve been keeping this a secret for far too long. We had a blast — and can’t believe that we haven’t heard of this before. (It’s been a yearly event since 2001.) A few things that our family enjoyed:

  • Sand sculptures. There were amazing professional sand sculptures (pictured above and below), and an amateur competition as well.
  • A beautiful beach, a sunny summer day, warm water, party tunes blasting.
  • Free boat rentals – canoes, kayaks and paddle boats.
  • Reasonably-priced food and beer, a bouncy castle for kids, short waits at the porta-potties, lots of helpful volunteers, totally bilingual service the whole day
  • Cheap. $15 got us on-site parking and admission for 2 adults. Kids under 12 are free.

Aside from a bit of sunburn it was a perfect summer Sunday. See you there next year.

Ottawa Beaches & Swimming Guide

OttawaStart Staff



2 Responses

  1. Very impressive sculpture. I&#39;ll try to go next year.<br />- Marie

  2. DaniGirl says:

    Oh how cool! Wish I knew about this yesterday, we were looking for something to do.

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