The notoriety of the municipality of Lac-Simon centres principally around its vast lake displaying a 74 km circumference and a depth of 45 metres. It is a genuine aquatic playground, particularly in summer.
During summertime, boaters can, for a fee, use a boat ramp to access the lake. Access to the municipal beach is free. You will also find a mini-golf course (fee charged), a bocce ball court and a dog park. Every summer, Lac Simon’s traditional fireworks display draws large audiences.
Come winter, you will find a lighted woodland skating trail and a tubing run. And don’t miss the Beach party featuring many winter activities. You can also enjoy 16 km of cross-country and snowshoeing trails.
The municipality provides other attractions, among them the Denis-Papin Lookout offering a breathtaking view of the lake from a privileged point of view. Overlooking Creuse Bay, it is located near 2000, chemin du Tour-du-Lac.
Canard Blanc Island is another of Lac Simon’s features. Three kilometres in length, it is topped by des Étoiles lake, formed on top of the island’s mountain by a meteorite’s impact. The lake is also known as “Turtle Lake” because of the many reptiles who make it their home.
Manitou rock is also a noteworthy feature. Located on the west shore of the lake, it is a monolithic wall, slightly inclined inwards, facing the rising sun and immersed in the lake’s waters. Hikers venturing closer can discern the shape of the Manitou representing the head of an Indian chief. Authenticated by researchers at Université du Québec à Montréal and Université Laval in Québec City, Manitou rock is the largest archeological expression of rock art in the Petite Nation area. Few rock art sites have been identified in Québec. Historians of rock art have not yet dated the paintings but agree that they belong to the Algonquian culture.