Supposedly, you can swim in the lake but perhaps only if you have some Canadian blood. I preferred to fish and boat to small islands in the lake, and ride along the bike path (used to be a rail line, just like the P’tit train du Nord) along the lake and through the woods. The path doubles as a cross country ski trail in the winter. Mount Orford, surrounded by national park land, is a short drive away, as well as the popular Owl’s Head ski area.
Just behind, Main Street is lined with cosy inns. The bed and breakfast experience is great if you’re a social morning person, hellish if you’re not. Everyone will want to practice their French↣ at breakfast and know your life story to boot. Otherwise, there is a more private hotel/luxury condo building right on the lake (L’etoile sur le Lac) and motels in the surrounding area. Wherever you stay, this is a great place to hide for the weekend when you’re in the mood for some peace and quiet.