Outdoor Ottawa Beaches Opening this Weekend


The hot weather is upon us and this weekend, I am happy to share that three of Ottawa’s outdoor beaches are set to open!


Britannia, Westboro and Mooney’s Bay will be open as of Saturday, June 17th until Sunday, August 27th with lifeguards on duty from 12:00-7:00 PM.


Ottawa Public Health monitors recreational water quality seven days a week at the City’s supervised beaches. Daily water quality results will be available at ottawapublichealth.ca, via Twitter at @ottawahealth or by calling 613-580-2424 ext. 13219. If high levels of bacteria are found, a no-swim advisory is issued and tweeted (@ottawahealth). Site signage and flags at each beach will also indicate whether a no-swim advisory is in effect.


Occasionally a no swim advisory will be issued following a heavy rainfall. Surface run off from waste and other surface contaminants can potentially raise e coli levels in the water after high rain fall amounts.


High water has delayed the preparation of Petrie Island beach. As such, residents are asked to stay away from Petrie Island until maintenance equipment has been removed and lifeguards are on duty.


Swimming pools, wading pools, and splash pads are also available within the City to help you cool off this summer.


Most outdoor pools will open June 17, depending on location. Wading pools will open June 29 or July 4, depending on location. Each wading pool will also host a free special event during the summer. For site specific schedule information please visit ottawa.ca. Splash pads are now open and will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through to September. Please contact 3-1-1 to report a splash pad that is not working.


I highly encourage all residents to take an opportunity this summer to get out and beat the heat while having some fun in the sun. Remember to follow water safety rules and practice sun safety.