Ethan’s Beach is now open!
Come take a hike down to the lake for a swim. Have a picnic. Enjoy the beautiful forests of the Massawippi Valley.
Here are a few things to keep in mind. As the beach is at the bottom of a hill, the trail slopes downwards and is rated “black diamond”. In other words a tougher hike, especially going back up. The trail is approximately 3,5 kms one way with a mixture of easy, intermediate and difficult sections.
- There are benches along the way so that you can rest.
- Remember to save some water for the return trip.
- Bug spray and a walking stick also can come in very handy.
- Besides the usual steps along the way there is a staircase with 85 steps just before you reach the beach. Once you have arrived here, you will see the lake.
- The beach has 3 picnic tables. Please remember to keep you social distance and stay in your family bubble.
- The lake has a small shallow entrance and then there is a quick drop off. Swim at your own risk.There is no lifeguard on duty.
- It will take about 1 ½ hours to get back up the hill depending on your level of fitness.
- Parking is at the end of Côte du Piémont (just off ch. Gingras) in Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley. Google Maps
- NEW A compost toilet has been added at the top of the stairs for your convenience.
The Massawippi Conservation Trust asks:
- Stay within the sandy beach area;
- Light no campfires;
- No camping;
- Behave appropriately;
- Follow the internationally recognized code of ethics of “Leave no Trace” to respect our natural environment.
The Trust discourages the beaching of motorboats in this ecologically important area. You can pull up your canoe, kayak or paddle board .