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Beach Information

Swimming conditions and water quality results

Visit Ottawa Public Health to view daily beach water quality results or call 613-580-2424 ext. 13219 

For more information call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744.

Recreational water samples are tested for the presence of E.coli bacteria. When elevated levels of E.coli are detected in the water, it is probable that other organisms - which can pose a risk to your health - are likely present. A no-swimming advisory will be issued if bacteria levels are over 200 E. coli per 100mL of water tested for one day; or if bacteria levels are over 100 E. coli per 100mL of water tested on two or more consecutive days. When a no-swim advisory is in effect, people should not swim due to the risk of getting a skin, ear, throat or even gastro-intestinal illness.

A 24-hour no-swim advisory may be in place at the beaches after significant rainfall.

*Please note Ottawa Public Health collects beach water samples every day. The results take 18 to 24 hours to process in the laboratory, and as such, swim and no-swim advisories are based on sample results taken from the previous day.

Locations, schedules and amenities

Washrooms and rentals available daily at Petrie Island, Mooney’s Bay and Britannia Beaches May 20 – September 4 2017 inclusively.
Washrooms and rentals available daily at Westboro Beach June 17 – August 27 2017 inclusively.

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

Lifeguards are on duty June 17 – August 27 2017 inclusively at Petrie Island, Mooney’s Bay, Westboro and Britannia Beaches.

  • Daily Monday-Sunday noon-7 pm

Rentals:

  • Volleyball net rentals: $16.50 per hour or $52.25 per day; Photo ID required.
  • Stand up paddleboards $20 per hour. Participants must be 18 years or older. Photo ID required.
  • Inquire at any beach’s Lifeguard Office, available from May 20 – September 4 2017. For more information email beaches.programming@ottawa.ca

 

  • Join a City of Ottawa volleyball league with City Wide Sports call 613-580-2854 or email cws-psm@ottawa.ca
  • Book your event at the beach. Contact Centralized Allocations at 613-580-2595 or email sports@ottawa.ca
 

Beach

Description

Amenities

Britannia beach 
2805 Carling Ave. 
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613-820-1211
WEST
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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613-248-0863
SOUTH
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
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  • Picnic tables and barbecue pits
  • Tennis courts and play structures

Petrie Island beach

727 Trim Road

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613- 824-5704

EAST

Ottawa’s newest beach offers a wonderful sandy beach and spectacular views across the Ottawa River

  • Washrooms
  • Pay parking (7 am to 6 pm)
  • Seasonal parking passes available at the Orleans Client Service Centre
  • Canteen info@bananascaribbean.com 
  • Interpretation cottage
  • 12 picnic tables
Westboro beach
745 Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
(formally Ottawa River Parkway)
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613-792-3875
 CENTRAL
A somewhat smaller beach and park located on NCC property at Kitchissippi Lookout on the Ottawa River.

Beach Camps 2017 

JWLC Certification Camp 

Candidates will participate in Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid, CPR ‘C’ and AED certifications. Exams included in camp.

Prerequisite: Must be able to swim 400m continuously and tread water for 3 minutes (Swim Kids level 9).

Where?  Westboro Beach, 745 Ottawa River Parkway

When?  Monday to Friday (2 weeks), 8 am to 5 pm (includes pre and post care)

Chart of Available Courses JWLC
Date Age Barcode Fee Classes
July 4 to 14

10 - 14 yrs

15+ yrs

1090866

1090885

$ 406

$ 458.50
9
July 17 to 28

10 - 14 yrs

15+ yrs

1090870

1090892

$ 451

$ 509.50
10
July 31 to August 11
(No class August 7)

10 - 14 yrs

15+ yrs

1090878

1090888

$ 406

$ 458.50
9

JWLC Sport Camp 

Campers dive into the sport of lifesaving, training on equipment like paddle boards and surf skis. New focus every week with a lifesaving competition every Friday.

Prerequisite: Must be able to swim 300m continuously and tread water for 3 minutes (Swim Kids level 8).

Where? Mooney’s Bay Beach, 2926 Riverside Drive

When? Monday to Friday (1 week), 8 am to 5 pm (includes pre and post care)

JWLC Sport Camp
Date Weekly Focus Age Barcode Fee Classes
July 4 to 7 Swim

8-14 yrs

15+ yrs

1090705

1090743

$ 174.25

$ 196.75
4
July 10 to 14 Paddle

8-14 yrs

15+ yrs

1090714

1090747

$ 217.75

$ 246
5
July 24 to 28 Run

8-14 yrs

15+ yrs

1090719

1090749

$ 217.75

$ 246
5
July 31 to August 4 Combo (All)

8-14 yrs

15+ yrs

1090731

1090762

$ 217.75

$ 246
5

JWLC Apprenticeship Camp 

Spend a week on the beach learning about lifesaving sport, practice waterfront first aid and develop leadership skills through games and activities. Perfect for future lifeguards!

Prerequisite: Must be able to swim 300m continuously and tread water for 3 minutes (Swim Kids level 8).

Where? Mooney’s Bay Beach, 2926 Riverside Drive

When? Monday to Friday (1 week), 8 am to 5 pm (includes pre and post care)

JWLC Apprenticeship Camp
Date Age Barcode Fee Classes
July 17 to 21

12-14 yrs

15+ yrs

1090672

1090684

$ 217.75

$ 246
5
August 8 to 11

12-14 yrs

15+ yrs

1090674

1090687

$ 174.25

$ 196.75

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Contact Information 

For more information, please contact:

Patrick McBain (613) 580-2424 Ext. 16966 or Charlie Séguin (613) 580-2424 Ext.41219

beaches.programming@ottawa.ca

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is a No-Swimming Advisory? How will it affect camp?

A No-Swimming Advisory is issued when Ottawa Public Health recommends that beach-goers do not enter the water due to high levels of bacteria. For the certification camp, alternate arrangements will be made to transport candidates to and from other sites to ensure enough practice in water.

What if it rains?

Camps will run rain or shine. Please bring a change of warm clothes. Indoor space is available at the beaches. In the event of thunderstorms or other extreme weather conditions day plans will be modified as needed. We will be sure to notify parents if candidates from the certification camp are transported to a different site.

Where do I drop off participants?

Sign in and out at each site is located at the beach pavilion. You will not be able to miss us!

What are the pre-camp and post-camp hours?

Camps are 9 hours operating from 8 am until 5 pm. Camp schedule:

8 to 9 am Pre-Camp, Drop Off & Sign In

9 am to 4 pm Camp Program

4 to 5 pm Post-Camp, Pick Up & Sign Out