Sharing our treasured lakes wisely and safely

The following information is drawn from By-law 777-16, adopted on April 5, 2016. The full and exact version of the by-law is available at the municipal office and takes precedence on the condensed excerpts appearing below.

If you have questions, contact the Leisure, Culture and Community Life Service at 819-457-9400, extension 2326 or at

Consult our guide on waterway use and etiquette (in French).

Like many other bodies of water, McGregor Lake falls under the federal government’s Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations. Under these regulations, you can’t hold a sporting, recreational or public event on the lake without first applying for a permit at least 30 days before the event in question.

To apply for a waiver, complete the form below and return it to Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety:

So that everyone can enjoy our lakes equally, please abide by the following code of ethics if you operate a pleasure craft on them:

  • Slow down as you either leave or approach the shore.
  • Keep your cruising speed below 10 km/h when you’re within 30 metres of shore.
  • Respect swimmers and non-motorized crafts by staying as far away as possible.  
  • Leave a 30-metre buffer area between your boat and the shore for swimmers and non-motorized watercraft. 
  • Avoid excessively sharp and sudden turns.
  • Avoid circling over and over in the same spot.
  • Don’t throw waste into the water
  • Choose deeper waters for water skiing.
  • Because sound travels more readily overt he water, turn down the volume on your sound system to avoid disturbing shoreline residents and other boaters.
  • Use your horns only for emergencies.

Be both cautious and vigilant when you’re on the water.

  • Have all of the required documents on board with you:
    • pleasure craft operator card (PCOC)
    • personal identification
    • pleasure craft permit.
  • Have an approved personal floatation device (PFD) for each person on board.
  • When towing or pulling people on tubes, skis, boards, etc., be sure to have someone checking each person being towed and communicating with the person operating the boat.
  • You need a place to sit on board for every person being towed.
  • Towing or pulling people after sunset is prohibited.
  • Every person being towed must wear a certified PFD of life jackets.
  • Do NOT drink alcohol when operating a pleasure craft.

Refer to Transport Canada’s special guide on boating safety for tips and rules: Safe Boating Guide

Season dates (article 10.2)

Boat launches operate throughout trout-fishing season, that is, from around April 20 to October 31 every year.

  Days Times
From April to the day before Journée nationale des Patriotes Sunday to Saturday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
From Journée nationale des Patriotes to Labour Day Weekend Sunday to Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
From Labour Day Weekend to Sept. 30 Sunday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
From October 1 to Thanksgiving Weekend Sunday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From Thanksgiving Weekend to October 31 Saturday and Sunday only 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jet skis, sea doos and wakeboarding personal watercraft are not authorized on municipal boat launches (article 3.6).

Pélissier Eco-Park

Take in the splendour of McGregor Lake by venturing out on one of our non-motorized watercraft at Pélissier Eco-Park (2 chemin Pélissier, Val-des-Monts).

Rentals run from May 15 to September 15 inclusively, Sunday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Rental fees*

Watercraft Rental period Residents or taxpayers Non-residents Late-return charge

1 hour
2 hours



$3 / 10-min. block

Solo kayak

1 hour
2 hours



$3 / 10-min. block
Tandem kayak

1 hour
2 hours



$3 /10-min. block
Paddle board

1 hour / 2 hours



$3 /10-min. block
*Rental fees include personal floatation devices (life jackets), paddles and an approved water-safety kit.


Rental terms

  • The final booking for a one-hour rental is at 7 p.m., and for two hours, it’s at 6 p.m.
  • The persons renting must be at least 18 years old.
  • The persons renting must leave their driver’s licence and a credit card with the attendant during the rental period.
  • Rentals are not allowed when the weather makes it dangerous to venture offshore.
  • Rentals are first-come-first-served only; no reservations allowed.

Cruising along on McGregor Lake: recommended treks

The following factors can affect the actual time it takes to complete the circuit or trek on the map below:

  • your experience with non-motorized watercraft
  • the wind
  • weather conditions.

You need to adjust your route or course with these factors in mind to make sure you return your rental in time.


Important : coming back will be harder

Keep in mind that your return trek will be longer and harder because of the prevailing winds on the lake.

Visual inspections of watercraft that use boat launches (article 4):

  • Attendants inspect all watercraft using municipal boat launches.
  • Inspections help detect any trace of vegetation or residues that can affect water quality if a watercraft (including its motor and trailer) brings them into the area.
  • Inspections also allow attendants to check if the watercraft in question is authorized to use boat launches and, if so, to confirm the validity of its authorization sticker. 

If your watercraft isn’t clean or if it doesn’t qualify for boat-launch use under By-law -777-16 (jet skis, sea-doos and wakeboarding personal watercraft), attendants cannot allow you to access the boar launch.

Protecting waterways from invasive species (article 5)

  • Before they can go into the water, watercraft and their trailers must have been thoroughly cleaned.

Protecting shorelines!

  • Waves generated by motorized watercraft increase shoreline erosion, which in turn impacts water quality.
  • Remember how waves from your boat can damage shorelines. 
  • When you’re within 30 metres of shore, bring your speed down to a minimum (less than 10 km/h).

Protecting our shared resources!

Fees (article 8.5)

Resident/taxpayer fees apply only if the resident or taxpayer owns the watercraft in question.[RM1] 

All compulsory documents must bear the name of the watercraft owner.

To obtain your resident or taxpayer seasonal sticker, you must submit all the following documents (article 7):

  • Proof of residency (owner or tenant), such as a driver’s licence showing your address in Val-des-Monts, or a municipal tax bill.

  • A Transport Canada pleasure craft licence issued in your name (9.9-hp motors and above).

Residents and taxpayers—Seasonal sticker

  • Non-motorized boat: Free

  • Motors under 9.9 hp or motors under than 0.3 litres: $5 / season

  • 10 to 50 hp motors or 0.31-to-0.81-liter motors: $20 / season

  • 51 to 100 hp motors or 0.82-to-1.6-liter motors: $40 / season

  • 101 hp motors and over or 1.61-liter motors and over: $60 / season

Non-residents—Daily rates

  • Non-motorized boat: Free

  • Motors under 9.9 hp or motors under than 0.3 litres: $10 / day

  • 10 to 50 hp motors or 0.31-to-0.81-liter motors: $40 / day

  • 51 to 100 hp motors or 0.82-to-1.6-liter motors: $80 /day

  • 101 hp motors and over or 1.61-liter motors and over: $120 /day

Slipway – Access to lac McGregor

Slipway – Access to lac McGregor

2 chemin Pélissier
Val-des-Monts, Québec J8N 4G3

Slipway – Access to lac Saint-Pierre

Slipway – Access to lac Saint-Pierre

2048 route Principale
Val-des-Monts, Québec J8N 2E2