Water Quality

Beach Information

Washrooms and rentals available daily at Mooney’s Bay, Petrie Island and Britannia Beaches May 16 - September 7, 2015 inclusively.

    • 10:30 - 9 pm Monday to Thursday
    • 10:30 - 7 pm Friday to Sunday

Lifeguards are on duty June 20-August 16 2015 inclusively

    • Daily Monday-Sunday noon-7 pm

Westboro Beach will be open noon - 7 pm daily from June 20 to August 16, 2015.

  • Volleyball net rentals: $15 per hour or $50 per day, stand up paddleboards $20 per hour.
    Inquire at any beach’s Lifeguard office,available from May 16 to September 7, 2015. 
  • Join a volleyball league. Call 613-580-2854
  • Book your event at the beach. Contact City Wide Allocations at 613-580-2595 or e-mail




Britannia Beach 
2805 Carling Ave. 

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Located on the Ottawa River at Britannia Bay, the beach is great for swimming, picnics or just watching the sailboats go by on a beautiful summer day.

  • outdoor showers
  • Picnic tables and barbecue pits
  • Play structures and fields
  • swimming lane
Mooney's Bay Beach
2926 Riverside Drive 

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A popular summer destination for swimmers, rowers, and volleyball players, the beach is located on the east shore of the Rideau River just south of Carleton University.

  • Washrooms and change rooms
  • Pay parking (7 am to 6 pm)
  • Seasonal parking passes available at the Terry Fox Field House – 2960 Riverside Dr
  • Canteen
  • Picnic tables and barbecue pits
  • Tennis courts and play structures
Petrie Island Beach
727 Trim Road 

613- 824-5704
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Ottawa’s newest beach offers a wonderful sandy beach and spectacular views across the Ottawa River
  • Interpretation cottage
  • 12 picnic tables
Westboro Beach
745 Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
(formally Ottawa River Parkway)
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A somewhat smaller beach and park located on NCC property at Kitchissippi Lookout on the Ottawa River.

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Stay safe this summer

  • There is no substitute for your supervision!
  • Always be within arms' reach of your children!
  • Drink lots of water, wear light-colored clothing, a hat, and good sunglasses
  • Use waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more at least 30 minutes before sun exposure and remember to keep re-applying.

For more Information, please contact the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590.

Beach Volleyball

For competitive or recreational volleyball, head to Britannia Park or Mooney's Bay this summer. Volleyballs and nets can also be rented on a first-come, first serve basis at City of Ottawa beaches.

Beach Volleyball is offered for female players as young as 10 years through the Girls n' Women and Sports program. Volleyball players can also take part in co-ed leagues, instructional play or recreational games

For information on volleyball programs, check the spring/summer Recreation Guide.