Lacanau takes its name from "-canau" which comes from "-channel", and it is not at all a passage from the singular to the plural. Lacanau means the canal, in this case the one that once naturally linked the Lacanau pond to the Atlantic Ocean.
Born from the desire of a landowner, Pierre Ortal, to make of Lacanau a seaside resort on the dunes, the city is today synonymous with beach holidays, sun and surf, as witnessed by the prestigious competition international surfing Lacanau Pro, which is held in August on the beaches of the town. The facilities dedicated to the practice of sport and the discovery of the environment are abundant: dozens of kilometers of bicycle paths, hiking trails perfectly marked, an artificial lake dedicated to the practice of water skiing, a lake which give real pleasure to fishermen and windsurfing enthusiasts, islets accessible by motor boat for a few hours of relaxation in a more private version ... Not forgetting the equipment for golfers, lovers of horse riding, tennis, or squash . The municipality of Lacanau is part of the community of the municipalities of the Médoc Lakes which includes the municipalities of Lacanau, Carcans and Hourtin, and the recent grouping of the municipalities of the seaside Lacanau in Soulac-sur-mer, named Medoc Atlantic (which replaces the old Médoc Océan).