Popular Gatineau Park beach closed by 'lifeguard shortage'

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A file photo of a lifeguard chair at Lac-Simon, Que. The National Capital Commission announced the closure of a Gatineau Park beach on Saturday, citing a shortage of lifeguards. (CBC - image credit)
A file photo of a lifeguard chair at Lac-Simon, Que. The National Capital Commission announced the closure of a Gatineau Park beach on Saturday, citing a shortage of lifeguards. (CBC - image credit)

A popular swimming spot in the Gatineau area is closed indefinitely due to a "lifeguard shortage."

The La Pêche Lake beach, located just outside of Ottawa, is on the largest lake in Gatineau Park and is normally a hotspot for people escaping the heat at this time of year.

But a tweet from the National Capital Commission's Gatineau Park account on Saturday announced that it would be closed "until further notice" due to a shortage of lifeguards able to supervise swimmers.

The NCC is encouraging swimmers and sunbathers to enjoy the sands at the nearby O'Brien, Blanchet and Parent beaches instead.

No other details were released, and it's not clear when the beach might reopen.

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