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Public swimming schedules

Search Swim Schedules

  • Swim schedules are updated regularly, but last minute changes or cancellations sometimes occur. We recommend bookmarking your results to check for these and other updates.
  • We also suggest searching for alternate sessions or pools in your area in the event that your regular session is cancelled.
  • If you have further questions, please contact the respective pool(s) directly.

Swimming fees

To ensure the well being of residents swimming in City pools, certain safety and supervisory standards will now be enforced when you visit recreational facilities. We encourage you to consult these standards prior to your visit.

Standard and outdoor pool fees

Indoor pools: 

  • Brewer Pool
  • Canterbury Recreation Complex 
  • Champagne Fitness Centre
  • Deborah Anne Kirwan Pool
  • Jack Purcell Community Centre
  • Lowertown Pool
  • Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex-Orléans
  • Pinecrest Recreation Complex
  • Plant Recreation Centre
  • Sawmill Creek Pool
  • Splash Wave Pool (without waves)
  • St-Laurent Complex
  • François Dupuis Recreation Centre

Outdoor pools: (Summer Only)

  • Bearbrook Outdoor Pool
  • Beaverbrook Outdoor Pool
  • Corkstown Outdoor Pool
  • Entrance Outdoor Pool
  • Genest Outdoor Pool
  • General Burns Outdoor Pool
  • Glen Cairn Outdoor Pool
  • Katimavik Outdoor Pool
Category Cost
Tots (2 & under) FREE
Child (3-12 years) $2.50
Youth (13-18 years) $2.50
Student (full-time student) $2.50
Adult (19-64 years) $5.00
Senior (65 years & over) $3.25
Children and Parent(s) (minimum of 1 adult, a maximum of 2 adults, and their child(ren)/youth) $2.50 per
person
Group (10 or more individuals) $2.25 per 
person

Leisure pool fees

  • Goulbourn Recreation Complex
  • Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool (without wave)
  • Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven
  • Ray Friel Recreation Complex (without wave)
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex-Kanata
  • Nepean Sportsplex
  • Walter Baker Sports Centre
Category Cost
Tots (2 & under) FREE
Child (3-12 years)  $3.50
Youth (13-18 years)  $3.50
Student (full-time student)  $3.50
Adult (19-64 years)  $5.50
Senior (65 years & over)  $4.50
Children and Parent(s) (minimum of 1 adult, a maximum of 2 adults, and  their child(ren)/youth)  $3.50 per
person
Group (10 or more individuals) $3.25
per person
Whirlpool/Steam (KLC & WB) $4.50

Wave swim pool fees

  • Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool
  • Ray Friel Recreation Complex
  • Splash Wave Pool
Category Cost
Tots (2 & under) FREE
Child (3-12 years) $6.25
Youth (13-18 years) $6.25
Student (full-time student) $6.25
Adult (19-64 years) $8.75
Senior (65 years & over) $7.50
Children and Parent(s) (minimum of 1 adult, 
a maximum of 2 adults, and 
their child(ren)/youth)
$6.25
per person
Group - Residents
(10 or more individuals)
$5.50
per person
Group - Non-Residents
(10 or more individuals)
$6.25
per person

50+ Vitality

  • Canterbury Recreation Complex
  • Lowertown Pool
  • St-Laurent Complex
Category Cost for
30 minute class
Cost for
45 minute class
Senior
(65 years & over)
$4.15 $5.15
Adult
(19-64 years)
$5.95 $6.95

Safety and supervisory standards

To ensure the safety of residents swimming in City pools, certain supervisory standards will now be enforced when you visit recreational facilities.

The standards apply to pool swim sessions only – they do not apply to swimming lessons or to wading pools. Parents/guardians with younger children are encouraged to view the Wading Pool Safety and Admission Requirements where the standards are different.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unsure of how these requirements apply to you and your family, please contact your facility of choice BEFORE your visit.

  • In order to ensure adequate supervision and to identify children at greater risk, the City of Ottawa is now issuing wristbands during swim sessions. All participants require a wristband to access swimming.
  • All Children 7 years of age and under, regardless of swimming ability, must be directly supervised (within arms’ reach) by a responsible person 14 years of age or older.
  • Children 10 years of age and under who are non-swimmers or who cannot pass the facility swim test must be directly supervised (close proximity and able to render assistance) by a responsible person 14 years of age or older.
  • Non-swimmers and those who cannot pass the facility swim test must remain in shallow water. Each ratio below indicates the maximum number of children that one responsible person would be able to supervise.
    For example:
    Children 5 years of age and under: maximum 2 children per responsible person 14 years of age and older. The person responsible must be in the water and within arms reach. This person may not have any additional children under their care unless the other children are at least 8 years of age and are able to pass the facility swim test.
  General public

Age
(years)

Information

Admission
requirements

Adult : Child
ratio

Band
colour

 

5 and
under

Parents must be within arms reach at all times

Always accompanied (parent/guardian 14+)

1:2

Orange

6 to 7

Parents must be within arms reach at all times

Always accompanied (parent/guardian 14+)

1:4
1:6 wearing
lifejackets

Orange

8 to 10

Did not pass facility swim test

Always accompanied (parent/guardian 14+)

1:4
1:8 wearing
lifejackets

Orange

8 to 10

Successfully completed facility swim test

No adult supervision required

N/A

Green

  Groups and camps of 10 or more participants

Age
(years)

Information

Admission requirements

Adult : Child
ratio

Band
colour

 

5 and under

Supervisor must be actively participating
within arms reach at all times

Always accompanied

1:2

Orange

6 to 7

Supervisor must be actively participating
within arms reach at all times

Always accompanied

1:4
1:6 wearing lifejackets

Orange

8 to 10

Did not pass facility swim test

Always accompanied

1:4
1:8 wearing lifejackets

Orange

8 to 10

Successfully completed facility swim test

Always accompanied

1:10

Green

11 to 13

n/a

Always accompanied

1:15

Green

Each ratio indicates the maximum number of children that one responsible person (aged 14 or older) is able to supervise. Parent/guardian must be in proper bathing attire, in the water, actively participating within arm’s reach at all times.

High-risk participants must be in a ratio of 1:1. High-risk participants are defined as those who have a condition or illness that may put them at risk in an aquatic environment (e.g. frequent seizures, fainting conditions, etc) and those who are unable to control behaviour or impulses and require direct supervision.

Supervisory ratios for groups of high risk participants to be determined by pool staff based on the specific needs of the participants and associated risks. We recommend you call the facility prior to your visit.

Public swimming descriptions

Lane swim

Lap swimming for youth and adults only.

Family swim

An unstructured swim time open to children and youth when accompanied by an adult who participates in the water. Adults do not have to bring a child to these swims. Children 5 years of age and under: maximum 2 children per responsible person 14 years of age and older.  Check with your aquatic facility for lane swimming opportunities during family swims.

Public swim

An unstructured swim time open to all ages. Non-swimmers aged 10 and under, and all children aged 7 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult or youth, at least 14 years of age, responsible for the direct supervision of the child and actively swimming within arms reach at all times. Children 5 years of age and under: maximum 2 children per responsible person 16 years of age and older.  Children aged 8, 9 and 10 must be tested to demonstrate their ability to swim 25M uninterrupted in order to be permitted to swim unaccompanied. During public swims at wave pools, the waves will be turned off. Check with your aquatic facility for lane swimming opportunities during public swims.

Wave swim

A swim with the waves activated at a wave pool open to all ages. Non-swimmers aged 10 and under, and all children aged 7 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult or youth, at least 14 years of age, responsible for the direct supervision of the child and actively swimming within arms reach at all times. Children 5 years of age and under: maximum 2 children per responsible person 16 years of age and older.  Children aged 8, 9 and 10 must be tested to demonstrate their ability to swim 25M uninterrupted in order to be permitted to swim unaccompanied.

50+ Vitality

A 30 minute class of light exercise followed by a public swim for participants over the age of 50 designed to incorporate a social component to their workout in addition to staying active and fit.

50 + Swim

Lap swimming for adults aged 50 plus.

Teen swim

An unstructured swim for teens between the ages of 13 and 19.

Women only

Open to all women and girls, 14 years of age and older

Women only Family

An unstructured swim designed for females only and their children, boys over the age of 6 are not permitted. Adult females do not have to bring a child to these swims. Children 5 years of age and under: maximum 2 children per responsible person 14 years of age and older. 

Swim for persons with a disability

Designated swim for youth and adult participants with a long-term disability. Swim is free of charge for qualifying participants upon completion of a participant information form. If assistance is required in the change room, participants must bring an attendant. Available at Jack Purcell Pool

Preschool swim

An unstructured swim with limited pool space allowing for playtime for preschool aged children and their parents, ages five and under. Children 5 years of age and under: maximum 2 children per responsible person 14 years of age and older. 

Note – Attendants that attend a swim to assist participants with a disability will be admitted free of charge to any of the above swims.

Learn to swim

Learn to swim in a safe and encouraging environment with our qualified aquatic instructors. Whether you are new to swimming or want to improve your swimming techniques, there are programs for all ages and abilities.

If you are uncertain of the swimming level to register in, attend any of our public swims and ask a lifeguard for a swimming level assessment. We also recommend an assessment for those who have never taken formal swimming lessons or have been absent from swimming for more than one year.

Low Ratio Classes have half the participants of our regular classes allowing for more individual attention.

Private Swimming Lessons are designed to assist you to overcome a fear of the water or master a skill on a one to one basis. Book these lessons at the pool of your choice.

Contact your local pool for more information, check the Learn to Swim section of the online Recreation Guide, or register and search for swimming programs.

Red Cross swim program guide

Preschool parented lessons

Starfish (4 to 12 months)

Starfish cartoon

Babies and their caregivers work on getting wet, buoyancy and movement, front, back and vertical position in the water, and shallow water entries and exits.

Duck (12 to 24 months)

Babies and their caregivers work on rhythmic breathing, moving forward and backward, front and back float with recovery, and shallow water entries and exits.

Sea Turtles (24 to 36 months)

Toddlers and their caregivers work on submersions, front and back floats and glides, jumping into chest deep water with assistance, kicking on front and front swim.

 Preschool for 3 to 5 years - Non-parented lessons

Sea Otter

Swimmers work on front and back floats and glides, kicking on front with a buoyant object, and will be able to swim 1 metre upon completion of this level.

Salamander

Swimmers work on improving their front and back float and jumping into chest-deep water unassisted. Kicking is added to the front and back glide and swimmers will be able to swim 2 metres upon completion.

Sunfish

Swimmers work on kicking and can perform glides (front and back), enter deep water safely, float in deep water, swim with a PFD, and swim 5 metres continuously.

Crocodile

Swimmers further develop the front and back glide with kick, front and back swim, jump into deep water, swim with a PFD in deep water, and swim 10 metres continuously.

Whale

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with kick, increase distance on front and back swim, learn the sitting dive, and will be able to swim 15 metres continuously upon completion of the level.

 

School age lessons for 6 to 12 years

Level

Description

Swim Kids 1

Swimmers develop front and back float, front and back glide, flutter kick (assisted), shallow water entries and exits, and swim 5 metres.

Swim Kids 2

Swimmers learn front and back glide with flutter kick, develop front swim, complete deep-water activities (assisted) and swim 10 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 3

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with flutter kick, perform flutter kick unassisted, wear a PFD in deep water, float in deep water, and swim 15 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 4

Swimmers learn back swim with shoulder roll and front crawl (10m), work on flutter kick on back, perform kneeling dive, introduction to sculling and swimming 25 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 5

Swimmers develop front crawl (15m), learn back crawl (15m) and whip kick on back, learn strike dive and treading water, perform head-first sculling on back, and swim 50 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 6

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (25m), learn elementary back stroke (15m), learn dolphin kick, tread water in deep water, perform front dive, and swim 75 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 7

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (50m), learn front scull, perform whip kick on front and dolphin kick, learn stride entry and swim 150 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 8

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (75m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn breast stroke (15m), learn eggbeater/thread water, perform feet-fist surface dive and standing shallow dive, and swim 300 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 9

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (25m), learn sidestroke kick, perform head-first surface dive, and swim 400 metres.

Swim Kids 10

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (50m), learn sidestroke (25m), perform dolphin kick (vertically), learn feet- and head-first surface dives with underwater swim, and swim 500 metres continuously.

Teen and adult swim program guide

Level

Participant requirement to register

Description

Red Cross swim basics 1

No previous swimming experience required.

Swimmers learn front and back float, front and back glide with kick, front swim for 10 metres, shallow water entries and exits, and deep-water activities (assisted).

Red Cross swim basics 2

Some swimming experience and can perform front swim 10 metres comfortably.

Swimmers learn back swim with shoulder roll, front and back crawl (15m), sitting dive, kneeling dive, stride dive and front dive, treading water, and swim a minimum distance of 25 metres.

Red Cross swim strokes

Able to swim front crawl at least 15 metres continuously, back crawl 15 metres and is comfortable swimming in deep water.

Swimmers choose the stroke(s) they wish to focus on. Participation-based program with individual goals.

Swimming and Aquafitness memberships

Memberships

Swimming memberships give you access to scheduled public swim sessions (excluding wave swims) at all City of Ottawa pools.

You can also get a combined aquafitness and swimming membership to take a variety of fitness classes in different depths of water.

Wave swim memberships are available for use at the Kanata Leisure Centre, Ray Friel Recreation Complex, and Splash Wave Pool.

Memberships must be purchased in person at the facility.

  • Class A memberships are valid at all Class A and B facilities.
  • Class B memberships are valid at Class B facilities only.

Swim membership fees

Swim membership fees for leisure, standard and outdoor.

HST is included in the fees.

Category 1 month 3 months 6 months 1 year
Seniors, Students,
Youth, Children
$22.50 $45 $82.25 $149.25
Adults $49 $97.75 $179 $324.75
Children and parent(s)  $95.25 $190 $348.25 $600.75

Wave Swim membership fees

HST is included in the fees.

Category 1 month 3 months 6 months 1 year
Seniors, Students, 
Youth, Children
 $46  $104  $159.50 $262.50
Adults  $62.50  $142.75  $229.25 356.50
Children and parent(s)   $115.75  $230.75  $400.25 $731.50

Aquafitness membership fees

HST is included in the fees.

Category 1 month 3 months 6 months 1 year
Seniors, Students, 
Youth, Children
 $50.50  $100.75  $184.75  $335.25
Adults  $62.75  $125.50  $230  $417.50
Children and parent(s) $101.75 $225.75 $413.25 $751

Aquafitness drop-in rates

HST is included in the fees.

  • Senior, Student, Youth - $7.50
  • Adult - $8.75

Combined aquafitness and swimming membership

HST is included in the fees.

Category 1 month 3 months 6 months 1 year
Seniors, Students, 
Youth, Children
 $56.25  $112  $205.25  $372.50
Adults  $70  $139.25  $255.50  $463.75
Children and Parent(s) $108 $250.75 $458.75 $834.75

Outdoor pools

Outdoor pool locations

The accessibility features of each facility are detailed below. While the City of Ottawa is constantly working to improve access, please note that not all parts of every facility are necessarily 'accessible for all' as facilities were built to meet accessibility standards of their time.

 
Location Amenities Accessibility features

Bearbrook pool
2679 Innes Rd.
map
613-824-8300

 

  • Washrooms and change rooms
  • Covered gazebo
  • Free parking
  • Picnic tables
  • Shallow kiddie pool with spray features

Parking

  • 25 metres from parking space to the door

Passenger loading zone 

  • Cut curb

Entrance/Exit

  • 2 accessible entrances
  • Wide door for wheelchair passage

Floor surfaces
  • Slip resistant surfaces

Washrooms

  • Lowered drinking fountains

Pool

  • 2 pools
  • Ramp access
  • Zero entry access 
  • Colour contrast edging around the pool
  • Therapeutic (or warm water) pool 

Pool change room

  • Roll-in shower access

Beaverbrook pool

2 Beaverbrook Lane
map
613-591-3061

  • Washrooms and change rooms
  • Free parking
  • Separate wading pool
  • Adjacent park with play structures

 

Passenger Loading Zone

  • Cut curb

Interior

  • All public spaces on accessible path of travel

Floor surfaces

  • Slip resistant surfaces

Washrooms

  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered soap dispensers

Pool

  • 2 Pools, 88 and 84?F  temperature
  • Ramp access to main pool only
  • Depth of pool 0.46m-0.76m and 1.07m-2.75m
  • Colour contrast edging around the pool

Pool change room

  • Toilet/shower grab bars
  • Lowered soap dispenser
  • Roll-in shower access

Corkstown pool
61 Corkstown Road
map
613- 820-1636

 

  • Washrooms and change rooms
  • Free parking
  • Separate wading pool
  • Picnic tables
Parking
  • 3 designated parking spaces
  • Accessible path of travel from the parking lot to entrance
  • 50 feet from parking space to the door

Entrance/Exit

  • 1 accessible entrance
  • Ramp
  • Wide door for wheelchair passage
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby

Reception desks

  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair

Floor surfaces

  • Slip resistant surfaces

Signage

  • Directional signs
  • Tactile signage
  • High contrast signage

Washrooms

  • Accessible washroom on 1st floor
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered soap dispensers
  • Lowered towel dispensers
  • Lowered drinking fountains

Stairs

  • Stairs with no-slip surface
  • Continuous hand rails

Pool

  • 2 Pools
  • Depth of pool 2.6m
  • Colour contrast edging around the pool
  • Lowered water fountain

Pool change room

  • Barrier free stalls
  • Toilet/shower grab bars
  • Lowered soap dispensers
  • Lowered towel dispensers
  • Roll-in shower access
  • Seat in the shower
  • Child change tables
  • Hand-held shower head
  • Grab bars in the accessible stall
Crestview pool
56 Fieldrow St.
map
Residents are encouraged to visit nearby General Burns outdoor pool.  

Entrance pool
2 Eaton St.
map
613- 829-2705

  • Washrooms and change rooms
  • Free parking
  • Separate wading pool
  • Large grassy picnic area
  • Volleyball court
Parking
  • 1 designated accessible parking space
  • 10 metres from parking space to the door

Entrance/Exit
  • 1 accessible entrance
  • Wide door for wheelchair passage

Floor surfaces

  • Slip resistant surfaces

Signage

  • Directional signs
Pool
  • 3 pools
  • Colour contrast edging around the pool

General Burns pool
107 Chesterton Dr.
map
613- 225- 7970

  • Washrooms and change rooms
  • Free parking
  • Separate wading pool
  • Large grassy picnic area
Parking
  • 1 designated accessible parking space
  • 7 metres from parking space to the door

Floor surfaces

  • Slip resistant surfaces

Signage

  • High contrast signage

Pool change room

  • Child change tables

Genest pool
43 Ste-Cécile St.
map
613- 749-6488

 

  • Washrooms and change rooms
  • Free on street parking
  • Separate wading pool
  • Picnic tables
  • Basketball courts
  • Adjacent park with play structures
Reception desks
  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair

Signage

  • Directional signs

Washrooms

  • Lowered drinking fountains

Pool

  • 1 Pool
  • Lowered drinking fountains

Glen Cairn pool
50 Castlefrank Rd..
map
613-836-7589

  • Newly renovated washrooms and change rooms
  • Free parking
  • Separate shallow pool
Parking
  • 1 designated accessible parking space
  • Accessible path of travel from the parking lot to entrance
  • 100 feet from parking space to the door

Passenger loading zone

  • Access aisle
  • Cut curb
  • Hazard indicator

Entrance/Exit

  • 1 accessible entrance
  • Ramp
  • Wide door for wheelchair passage
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby

Interior

  • All public spaces on accessible path of travel

Reception desks

  • Accessible counters
  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair

Floor surfaces

  • Slip resistant surfaces

Signage

  • Directional signs
  • Tactile signage
  • High contrast signage
  • Large lettering

Washrooms

  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered drinking fountains

Pool

  • 2 Pools
  • Ramp access
  • Depth of pool 3m
  • Colour contrast edging around the pool

Pool change room

  • 3 Barrier free stalls
  • Toilet/shower grab bars
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Roll-in shower access
  • Seat in the shower
  • Hand-held shower head
  • Grab bars in the accessible stall

Katimavik pool
64 Chimo Dr.
map
613- 592-9793

 

  • Washrooms and change rooms
  • Free parking
  • Separate shallow pool
  • Shaded patio area
Passenger loading zone
  • Cut curb

Entrance/Exit

  • 3 Accessible entrances
  • Ramp
  • Wide door for wheelchair passage
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby

Reception desk

  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair

Floor surfaces

  • Slip resistant surfaces

Signage

  • Directional signs
  • High contrast signage

Pool

  • 2 Pools
  • Colour contrast edging around the pool

Pool change room

  • Roll-in shower access

Splash Pads

Aire de jets d’eauHours of operation

The Splash pads are closed for the season. 

Splash pads hours of operation are 9 am to 9 pm
Slight variations in schedule may occur at some sites.

Splash pad sites are unsupervised.

For more information on splash pads, please contact Seasonal Recreation at 613-580-2590, or seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca. 

Locations

The interactive map and table below display City of Ottawa splash pad locations. The number of splash pads listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. You can also navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Clicking on a splash pad will display more information about that location.

Splash pad information is also available for download in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Wading pools

Junior park mentorship program

Are you between the ages of 10 and 15? Get involved with your neighbourhood wading pool this summer!

The City of Ottawa is looking for youths to assist staff at wading pools citywide. The Junior Park Mentorship Program (JPMP) offers exciting opportunities for youth to develop leadership abilities and gain hands-on experience that can help gain future employment.

Participants in the program will be awarded a certificate of participation pending satisfactory participation at the end of the summer as well as a t-shirt for all of their efforts.

The Junior Park Mentorship Program is offered at most City of Ottawa Wading Pools. Please consult wading pools listing to identify the closest to you.

List of tasks required to obtain a junior park programmer certificate:

  • Opening or closing procedures: Include assisting with raking the sand, setting up and taking down guarding stations, bringing out programming equipment, garbage pickup and sweeping the deck.
  • Special event help: Help prepare for the special event day and assist on the day of the event with activities such as programming, encouraging participation and cleaning.
  • Follow park rules: Abide by park rules and help others learn by example.
  • Chlorine test: Assist staff in performing bi-hourly chlorine and pH tests.
  • Programming: Assist in leading, preparing or planning park activities.
  • In-Service, Guard Comp and First Aid: Assist by participating as a victim at guard comp and in-services and skill of the week. Learn basic first aid skills.
  • Water play: Assist City staff in planning, promoting, and implementing this introductory water safety activity.
  • Tasks assigned by park staff: Assist with other tasks assigned by the Park Supervisor.

Please note junior park programmers may not:

  • SUPERVISE any patron or area of the pool alone or with City staff
  • Handle chlorine or any other chemicals
  • Wear City of Ottawa staff uniform (hat, t-shirt, or whistle)
  • Respond to public inquiries or enforce City of Ottawa policies and/or procedures
  • Perform duties that put them or anyone else in danger including park emergencies or first aid duties

To become a Junior Park Programmer please complete an application form by visiting your neighborhood wading pool, or e-mail or call the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590.

Seasonal Recreation Programs Park and Wading Pool Program
100 Constellation Cr.
Ottawa, Ontario
K2G 6J8
  • Mail code: 26-52
  • Telephone: 613-580-2590
  • Fax: 613-580-2591

Special events

Join us for summer fun at one of our 54 wading pools across the City!

All special events feature arts and crafts, games, prizes, and lots of time to stay cool in the pool!

Safety and admission requirements

Height requirement

Child must be taller than 45 inches (115cm)  

Swim test

Child must recover from front & back float independently and cross the deepest part of the pool unassisted

Please note

  • All Children 5 years of age and under, regardless of swimming ability, must be directly supervised (within arm’s reach) by a responsible person 14 years of age or older and wear a wristband.
  • Children 6 to 9 years of age who do not meet the height requirement or who cannot pass the site swim test must be directly supervised (close proximity and able to render assistance) by a responsible person 14 years of age or older and wear a wristband.
  • Each ratio indicates the maximum number of children that one responsible person would be able to supervise.

For example:

Children 5 years of age and under: maximum 2 children per responsible person 14 years of age and older. The person responsible in the

water must be within arm’s reach. This person may not have any additional children under their care unless the other children are at least 6 years of age and are able to pass the site swim test or meet the height requirement.

Wading pool admittance - General public
Age (years) Information Admission requirements Adult : Child Ratio
5 and under Parents must be within arms reach at all times

Always accompanied within arms reach

with Wristband(parent/guardian 14+)

1 : 4
6 to 9

Does not meet height requirement & Did not pass the swim test

Always accompanied within arms reach

with Wristband(parent/guardian 14+)

1 : 4
6 to 9

Meets height requirement, or Passes swim test

Active supervision at Park required*

(responsible 14+)
1 : 10*
10+ Height requirement & swim test is not required

No supervision is required

NA
Wading pool admittance - Camp ratios
Age (years) Information Admission requirements Staff : Child ratio
5 and under Staff must be within arms reach at all times

Always accompanied

with Wristband

within arms reach

1 : 4
6 to 9

Does not meet height requirement, or

Did not pass the wading pool swim test

Always accompanied

with Wristband

within arms reach
1 : 4
6 to 9

Meets height requirement, or

Passes swim test
Always accompanied 1: 10
10+ Meets height requirement or Passes swim test Always accompanied 1 : 15

Considerations:

High risk participants must be a ratio of 1:1. High risk participants are defined as those who have a condition or illness that may put them at risk in an aquatic environment (e.g. – frequent seizures, fainting conditions, etc) and those who are unable to control behaviour or impulses and require direct supervision.

Park ratios – General public
Age (years) Admission requirements 12 year old : Child ratio Staff : Child ratio
0 to 4 Actively supervised 1 : 4 1 : 4
5 to 9 Actively supervised 1 : 10 1 : 10
10+ Camps require active supervision NA 1 : 15

Pool safety rules

For the safety of all participants, we request the following rules be observed:

  • Children under 45 inches must demonstrate swimming ability or be accompanied by a person 14 years or older, who is supervising within arms reach of the child, in order to enter the pool area.
  • Leave the water immediately upon hearing a long whistle blast
  • Walk on deck area
  • Jumping or diving in the pool is not permitted
  • Patrons are responsible for all personal items
  • Persons with a communicable disease or open sores are not permitted in the wading pool
  • Pets are not allowed in the area of the wading pool and play structures
  • Plastic diaper covers must be worn over diapers in the pool to prevent fouling of the pool.
  • No glass containers, food or beverages are allowed in or around the pool.
  • Patrons using this facility do so at their own risk. Please follow directions from wading pool staff.
  • Park staff are on duty to ensure the overall safety of all patrons at the wading pool and park. Park staff are not able to provide the individual care and attention that is required for young children who need constant supervision.
  • Therefore, children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult, parent, guardian or babysitter while attending the park or wading pool.

Water safety tips for rivers, lakes, and dams

Summer by the water is fun but we must be aware of the dangers. Visit our Preventing Drowning Information.

Please play safe!

Wading pool locations

The interactive map and table below display City of Ottawa wading pool locations. The number of wading pools listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. You can also navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Clicking on a wading pool will display more information about that location.

Wading pool information is also available for download in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Beaches

Beach information

The City of Ottawa Beaches are no longer supervised.
The public washroom facilities and equipment rentals are no longer available. 

 

Beach

Description

Amenities

Britannia beach 
2805 Carling Ave. 
map
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 
map
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
    m.el.samrout@gmail.com
  • Picnic tables and barbecue pits
  • Tennis courts and play structures

Petrie Island beach

727 Trim Road

 map

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.

Daily beach water quality results

Daily testing of water quality at Ottawa beaches is over for 2016. Beaches are no longer supervised by lifeguards. Please exercise caution when visiting beaches.

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. 

 

Rain flag


 

Swim No-swim advisory No-swim advisory due to rainfall
     

 

 

Archives of Beach Water Quality

2016 Archives

2016 Test results indicate amount of E.coli per 100 mL of water

Date Mooney’s
Bay
Swim
status
Britannia
Beach
Swim
status
Westboro
Beach
Swim
status
Petrie Island
East Bay
Swim
status
Petrie Island
River Beaches
Swim
status
August 27, 2016 27 green flag 22 green flag 66 green flag 95 green flag 37 green flag
August 26, 2016 32 green flag 20 green flag 365 red flag 101 green flag 59 green flag
August 25, 2016 200 red flag 11 green flag 33 green flag 18 green flag 90 green flag
August 24, 2016 188 red flag 14 green flag 42 green flag 34 green flag 56 green flag
August 23, 2016 129 green flag 18 green flag 47 green flag 39 green flag 77 green flag
August 22, 2016 81 green flag 95 green flag 66 green flag 108 green flag 128 green flag
August 21, 2016 188 green flag 23 green flag 82 green flag 64 green flag 95 green flag
August 20, 2016 70 green flag 10 green flag 34 green flag 203 red flag 193 red flag
August 19, 2016 575 red flag 26 green flag 24 green flag 106 red flag 806 red flag
August 18, 2016 223 red flag 18 green flag 51 green flag 309 red flag 758 red flag
August 17, 2016 341 red flag 32 green flag 89 green flag 219 red flag 214 red flag
August 16, 2016 236 red flag 14 green flag 14 green flag 135 red flag 402 red flag
August 15, 2016 1000 red flag 49 green flag 86 green flag 128 red flag 582 red flag
August 14, 2016  664  red flag  88  green flag  221  red flag  417  red flag  289  red flag 
August 13, 2016 282 red flag with image of a rain cloud 56 red flag with image of a rain cloud 67 red flag with image of a rain cloud 46 red flag with image of a rain cloud 60 red flag with image of a rain cloud
August 12, 2016 24 green flag 20 green flag 30 green flag 125 green flag 46 green flag
August 11, 2016 67 green flag 55 green flag 22 green flag 13 green flag 29 green flag
August 10, 2016 167 green flag 22 green flag 76 green flag 14 green flag 35 green flag
August 9, 2016 79 green flag 58 green flag 41 green flag 62 green flag 20 green flag
August 8, 2016 10 green flag 30 green flag 49 green flag 44 green flag 31 green flag
August 7, 2016 19 green flag 99 green flag 37 green flag 11 green flag 19 green flag
August 6, 2016 16 green flag 28 green flag 37 green flag 19 green flag 34 green flag
August 5, 2016 75 green flag 14 green flag 50 green flag 22 green flag 41 green flag
August 4, 2016 82 green flag 81 green flag 16 green flag 10 green flag 318 red flag
August 3, 2016 12 green flag 14 green flag 19 green flag 22 green flag 22 green flag
August 2, 2016 56 green flag 133 green flag 30 green flag 12 green flag 38 green flag
August 1, 2016 12 green flag 55 green flag 11 green flag 34 green flag 28 green flag
July 31, 2016 25 green flag 68 green flag 14 green flag 88 green flag 37 green flag
July 30, 2016 16 green flag 10 green flag 22 green flag 16 green flag 29 green flag
July 29, 2016 122 green flag 13 green flag 40 green flag 23 green flag 51 green flag
July 28, 2016 82 green flag 20 green flag 19 green flag 66 green flag 391 red flag
July 27, 2016 26 green flag 26 green flag 40 green flag 37 green flag 59 green flag
July 26, 2016 35 green flag 48 green flag 132 green flag 233 red flag 134 green flag
July 25, 2016 135 green flag 10 green flag 73 green flag 70 green flag 31 green flag
July 24, 2016 10 green flag 13 green flag 10 green flag 24 green flag 24 green flag
July 23, 2016 10 green flag 36 green flag 100 green flag 29 green flag 21 green flag
July 22, 2016 11 green flag 27 green flag 17 green flag 56 green flag 40 green flag
July 21, 2016 22 green flag 11 green flag 11 green flag 14 green flag 38 green flag
July 20, 2016 11 green flag 18 green flag 58 green flag 45 green flag 29 green flag
July 19, 2016 28 green flag 26 green flag 17 green flag 37 green flag 52 green flag
July 18, 2016 79 green flag 14 green flag 20 green flag 97 green flag 45 green flag
July 17, 2016 44 green flag 11 green flag 74 green flag 349 red flag 69 green flag
July 16, 2016 46 green flag 39 green flag 24 green flag 144 green flag 239 red flag
July 15, 2016 545 red flag 85 green flag 73 green flag 40 green flag 159 red flag
July 14, 2016 57 green flag 15 green flag 130 green flag 44 green flag 1000 red flag
July 13, 2016 42 green flag 127 green flag 11 green flag 273 red flag 177 green flag
July 12, 2016 27 green flag 52 green flag 13 green flag 72 green flag 86 green flag
July 11, 2016 131 red flag 31 green flag 33 green flag 176 green flag 167 red flag
July 10, 2016 244 red flag 69 green flag 42 green flag 58 green flag 609 red flag
July 9, 2016 19 green flag 10 green flag 22 green flag 91 green flag 186 green flag
July 8, 2016 17 green flag 31 green flag 14 green flag 16 green flag 40 green flag
July 7, 2016 43 green flag 18 green flag 15 green flag 529 red flag 37 green flag
July 6, 2016 10 green flag 11 green flag 95 green flag 11 green flag 16 green flag
July 5, 2016 11 green flag 11 green flag 23 green flag 20 green flag 28 green flag
July 4, 2016 18 green flag 10 green flag 53 green flag 12 green flag 23 green flag
July 3, 2016 16 green flag 18 green flag 45 green flag 26 green flag 61 green flag
July 2. 2016 38 green flag 52 green flag 335 red flag 18 green flag 82 green flag
July 1, 2016 11 green flag 14 green flag 18 green flag 15 green flag 16 green flag
June 30, 2016 11 green flag 14 green flag 37 green flag 15 green flag 52 green flag
June 29, 2016 19 green flag 91 green flag 39 green flag 21 green flag 41 green flag
June 28, 2016 11 green flag 26 green flag 218 red flag 27 green flag 225 red flag
June 27, 2016 69 green flag 10 green flag 26 green flag 14 green flag 52 green flag
June 26, 2016 10 green flag 13 green flag 49 green flag 12 green flag 15 green flag
June 25, 2016 15 green flag 10 green flag 12 green flag 12 green flag 37 green flag
June 24, 2016 28 green flag 12 green flag 12 green flag 28 green flag 42 green flag
June 23, 2016 11 green flag 14 green flag 14 green flag 28 green flag 81 green flag
June 22, 2016 11 green flag 19 green flag 46 green flag 18 green flag 93 green flag
June 21, 2016 10 green flag 15 green flag 46 green flag 29 green flag 96 green flag
June 20, 2016 11 green flag 12 green flag 10 green flag 58 green flag 231 red flag
June 19, 2016 10 green flag 20  green flag 31  green flag 20 green flag 27  green flag
June 18, 2016 10  green flag 11  green flag 11  green flag 11  green flag 20 green flag
June 17, 2016   14 green flag  10  green flag  15 green flag  15  green flag  27  green flag 
Swim No-swim Advisory No-swim advisory
due to rainfall
green flag red flag red flag with image of a rain cloud