City advises of outdoor recreation impacts due to poor air quality

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Published on
June 6, 2023
Health, public safety and emergencies

Environment Canada is warning of poor air quality for the Ottawa region due to wildfire smoke. As a result, the City of Ottawa is advising of outdoor recreation impacts on Sunday, June 25 until further notice.

  • All recreational outdoor programs and leagues directly operated by the City of Ottawa will be cancelled for the remainder of today, Sunday, June 25. Registrants will be contacted directly the week of June 26 with either a refund, credit or rescheduling of their program.
  • Sport fields, ball diamonds and city parks will remain open. Cancellation requests should be emailed to Following the inclement weather process, credits on account will be provided.
  • All splash pads will remain open.
  • All drop-in programs that operate outdoors will move indoors, where possible. Please check the drop-in schedules at your local facility for up-to-date information.
  • All wading pools and all outdoor pools will be closed for the remainder of today, Sunday, June 25.
  • All City Beaches have a no swim advisory for Sunday, June 25.

It is not anticipated that the air quality for tomorrow, Monday, June 26, will continue to impact these services. Please continue to monitor for up-to-date information on outdoor recreation service impacts.

All City facilities will remain open and there are no impacts to indoor programming.

City-wide impacts and updates related to the ongoing air quality issues can be found on For more information about outdoor air pollution and the current status of Ottawa’s air quality, visit the Ottawa Public Health website.

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