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Public Beaches in the Area

Papineau Beach

Only 40 minutes away from Bancroft. Nice small beach with lots of shallow area. Great for families with little kids. This beach is in a secluded remote area and has no facilities. No overnight camping, day use only.

Papineau Lake is about 831 hectares in size with a maximum depth of about 64 meters. There is about 25% crown land surrounding, with a public beach located on the Southeast side. It is a scenic lake, with a large island called Davis Island, that can been seen for just about anywhere on the lake.

Map - Papineau Beach

Hinterland Beach

Day use only, no facilities but a fabulous sandy beach and shallow entry, very secluded. This small beach in Madawaska Valley is a great spot to spend a hot summer's day. This beach also acts as as an access point to Kamaniskeg Lake from the South Hinterland Beach. Water quality at this beach is not monitored regularly; proceed at your own risk.

Map - Hinterland Beach

Diamond Lake Beach

Diamond Lake is located in Herschel township, approx 20 minutes West of Bancroft. This lake is about 166 hectares in size with a maximum depth of about 25 meters, and a mean depth of approx 8 meters. Fish species include Lake Trout. Large Mouth Bass and Small Mouth Bass. Diamond Lake offers some nice sandy shorelines, year round access, public beach, and a public boat launch. There are approximately 74 properties on the lake, and it’s 60% crown land

Map - Diamond Lake

Fosters Lake

In partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Foster Lake Park known for its scenic view is a popular area in the summer season. The beach area offers; shade shelters with picnic tables, playground area and outdoor privy’s that include a change room area. The park also has a public boat launch prior to entering the beach area.

  • Overnight camping is NOT permitted.

  • Open-air fires are NOT permitted on municipal property.

  • Dogs are NOT permitted at Foster Lake Park or beach.

  • The beach area is closed in the winter season.

In the winter season, Foster Lake Park has a warming hut, maintained outdoor skating arena, equipped with lights.

Fosters Lake beach is long and sandy - perfect for a romantic stroll. It's surrounded by old growth forest, with hardly any evidence of human civilization: no crowded bay, no noisy motor boats or jet-skies. It features a covered picnic area, built-in stone barbecues and grassy areas perfect for a picnic. It's all that, plus the view, plus the seclusion; it's public yet feels so private.

Map - Fosters Lake

Additional Information:

Other Lakes in the Area

The Essential Beach Packing List (Website)

Beach Safety Tip: Wear a lifejacket or personal flotation device. Be sun safe. Wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, apply every two hours and reapply before and after swimming. Always read and obey all posted signs.

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“The beach is calling and I must go.”

“I followed my heart and it led me to the beach.”

“How to have a beach body: 1. Have a body 2. Go to the beach.”

“Gone to the beach, be back… never.”

“In need of beach therapy.”

“Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat.”

“There’s no place like home. Except the beach.”

“Life is better in flip flops.”

“Sandy toes. Sunkissed nose.”

“Good times and tan lines.”

“Life takes you down many paths but my favorite ones lead to the beach.”

“I wish that beach therapy was covered by my health insurance.

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