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Where to cool off in Gatineau

Gatineau reminds people that there are several places to cool off in Gatineau. To find out the opening hours of the beaches and other facilities, the public is invited to consult the following pages:

In the current pandemic context, it remains important to respect the sanitary instructions of the public health authorities.

Heat wave safety tips

  • Keep hydrated throughout the day:
    • drinking at least one glass of water every 20 minutes is recommended; and
    • a bottle of ice water or a drink with electrolytes is strongly suggested.
  • Avoid direct exposure to the sun and use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Wear a hat or a cap.
  • Wear light clothing that allows perspiration to evaporate, sunglasses and lip balm with sunscreen.
  • If you are attending an outdoor event, try to limit your exposure to the sun, and try to stay in the shade.
  • Never leave children, old people or pets unattended in a vehicle, even if the windows are open.
  • Watch for the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion:
    • dizziness;
    • vertigo;
    • headache;
    • nausea;
    • unusual tiredness;
    • confusion;
    • loss of balance;
    • altered state of consciousness; or
    • loss of consciousness.
  • Visit neighbors, friends and older family members frequently, especially those with chronic illnesses, to make sure they are cool and hydrated.
  • If you get heat stroke, immerse yourself fully clothed in the water to cool off.

About Gatineau

Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 290,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.

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