Jumping off a covered bridge at a popular west Quebec swimming hole is "strictly prohibited," police warn.

The covered bridge in Wakefield, Que., north of Ottawa, has long been a popular destination to cool off in summer.

Rocks along the northern shore of the Gatineau River provide spots for sunbathers and a covered bridge nearby allows thrillseekers to jump into the water.

But MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais police posted a notice on their website Wednesday, saying that jumping off the bridge is not allowed, despite its popularity.

Police say the activity has occasionally forced police intervention.

Officers have been warning jumpers so far this summer, but as of last Tuesday, anyone who jumps off the bridge could face a fine of $200, police say.

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