Swimming

Port of Québec Oasis offers an unforgettable swimming experience in the St. Lawrence River!

First harbour bath in North America, its swimming lanes and swimming area make it a unique site to enjoy the pleasures of the summer season.

Access and rules

  • The Port of Québec Oasis is open from June to September.
  • The site is open for swimming every day from 11 am to 6 pm.
  • The terrace is open from 11 am to 10 pm.
  • Access to the site is free, including access to the swimming lanes and harbour bath.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult and pass a swimming aptitude test to swim without a float vest
  • Children 7 years and under must wear a float vest
  • No swimming under water and under the docks
  • No glass containers allowed on the site

Prices

Access to the site, the swim lanes and the swimming area is free. To enjoy shows and events under the tent, the purchase of a beverage is mandatory. Check out the Terrace section for menus and prices.

Facilities and services

  • Free swim
  • Olympic-sized swim lanes with push-off walls
  • Lifeguards on-site at all times
  • Life jacket rentals
  • Locked changing rooms and lockers
  • Washroom facilities
  • Outdoor showers
  • Water bottle filling station
  • Picnic tables
  • Chairs and bean bags
  • Terrace with restaurant service and bar
  • Bike rack
  • Nearby parking

Water quality

This table gives an overview of water quality in the basin for the 2023 season.

The Ville de Québec analyses and monitors water quality at the Port of Québec harbour bath. The city takes water samples, has them analyzed in the lab and sends out the results as soon as available. The minimum time between sampling and sharing the results is 24 hours.

The result appearing in red above is the last one to have been received and compiled by the Port of Québec Oasis.

As is the norm in the province of Québec, results are based on bacteriological quality, calculated according to the number of fecal coliforms per 100 ml of water, according to a classification system developed by the Ministère de l’Environnement du Québec. Bathing water quality is rated A (excellent), B (good), C (fair) or D (polluted). This is illustrated in the following table.

Summer 2023 Analyses

Sampling DateE. coli Result
(CFU/100 ml)
Rating for swimming
Jul 0519A
Jul 0418A
Jul 039A
Jul 0216A
Jun 2835B
Jun 2767B
Jun 2651B
Jun 25115C
Jun 209A
Jun 191A
Jun 1810A
Jun 171A
Jun 137A
Jun 128A
Jun 1114A
Jun 1041B
Jun 064A
Jun 057A
Jun 0426B
Jun 032A
Sampling DateE. coli Result
(CFU/100 ml)
Rating for swimming
Jul 0519A
Jul 0418A
Jul 039A
Jul 0216A
Jun 2835B
Jun 2767B
Jun 2651B
Jun 25115C
Jun 209A
Jun 191A
View all results
*E. coli CFU/100 ml

*Fecal coliform per 100 ML

Proximity to the Marina

We often receive questions regarding the proximity of the Marina to the Oasis harbour bath and the impact on water quality. In the document below, you will find answers to numerous questions concerning the presence of recreational boats nearby and the regulations to which users of the Port of Québec Marina must comply.