Lac des Sables

Lac des Sables is essential to the ecological, economic and social life of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts

The Importance of Lac des Sables

The general health of Lac des Sables is of concern. Although the various indicators are still within the standards, they are dangerously close to levels indicating that the Lake may be in danger.

If we do not maintain current levels, the loss of the Lake would be a real ecological disaster.

The lake ages every year and the aquatic plants are constantly growing. It is important to slow down this aging significantly. We’re running out of time!

Economic and tourism engine

A portion of the income of a significant number of residents of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts comes from activities related to Lac des Sables: restaurants, hotels, shops, etc. Tourists and second home owners travel to the area to enjoy the Lake. If they can no longer navigate, fish or swim there, the number of customers may decrease, affecting the profitability of businesses.

Property value and municipal budget

Residences near the Lake represent high property values because of their location. Once again, if the lake becomes “unusable”, the value of the properties will have to be revised downwards. Although this is a loss to the residents themselves, the entire community will suffer as this would inevitably have an impact on the municipality’s budget.

There is a direct link between the health of the lake and the property value of these residences. Any reduction in property values will result in a reduction in municipal taxes and, consequently, an increase in taxes for all taxpayers.

Four main areas of action

APELS, thanks to the scientific studies it commissioned, was able to define four main lines of action for the protection of the lake.
Prevent storm sewers from spilling directly into the lake.
Minimize shoreline erosion.
Prevent nutrients from entering the lake.
Minimize the impact of boats on erosion and sediment agitation.

Discover Lac des Sables in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts

Lac des Sables is one of the many lakes in the Laurentians. It is part of the municipality of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. Its size and depth allow the practice of nautical activities supervised by the Boat Ramp Committee (Committee in co-management between APELS and the Camping de Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts).

The activities of Lac des Sables

Lac des Sables is ideal on weekdays and on weekends for holidays with family, friends or as a couple. There are many activities on offer.
Camping at Lac des Sables
Beaches at Lac des Sables
Fishing at Lac des Sables
Practice nautical and aquatic activities
Sailing school

Where is Lac des Sables?

Lac des Sables is located in the Laurentian region of Quebec. You can go by entering the following latitude/longitude coordinates in your GPS: 46.048492/74.289459

Lac des Sables data

Lake area: 2.96 km2
Maximum depth: 23.6m
Altitude: 376.6m
Lake volume: 21,105,000 m3
Average depth: 7.1m
Area of watershed including lakes: 38.8 km2

Camping Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts

There is only one campground in Lac des Sables: the Camping Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, which is open all year round. In summer, the Camping Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts offers a program of fun and varied activities: dinners, special days, tournaments, parties, etc. In winter, you can take advantage of the Outdoor Center for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and other types of snow walks.

The activities at Camping Saint-Agathe-des-Monts

Camping is the perfect place to spend time with family, friends or as a couple. Many activities are available: cosom hockey, a children’s recreation park, mini-golf courses, sports fields, a do-it-yourself room, etc. It is close to a bike path, a sailing school, restaurants and shops.
Learn more about camping: Camping Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts

The beaches of Lac des Sables

There are three beaches at Lac des Sables: Tessier Beach, Major Beach and Sainte-Lucie Beach.

Tessier beach on Lac des Sables

Tessier beach on Lac des Sables is a paid public beach, supervised by a team of lifeguards. It offers access to a children’s playground and volleyball courts. It is possible to use “barbecues” on the beach. Only charcoal and portable “barbecues” are accepted. Life jackets are available for adults and children.

Major beach on Lac des Sables

The Major Beach of Lac des Sables is a large, paid public beach that can accommodate large groups of people. Many services are available, such as pedal boat and kayak rentals. The beach offers access to children’s games and volleyball courts. Coal and portable “barbecues” are permitted. Life jackets are available.

Sainte-Lucie beach on Lac des Sables

Sainte-Lucie Beach on Lac des Sables is a paid public beach guarded by lifeguards. There are rest areas and picnic tables, toilets and free parking. Life jackets are available.

Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts Sailing School

The sailing school offers several programs as well as all the information you need to allow you to fully enjoy your experience.

Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts Sailing School

The sail boats are moored just a stone’s throw from Major Beach. The Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts Sailing School offers an introductory course (VoileCan 1 certification) and an introduction to sailing with an instructor (maximum five passengers). Private courses are offered for sailing or windsurfing with a specialized instructor, both for beginners and for those who wish to perfect their technique at the pace that suits them.

For more information:
Phone: 819-326-2282

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