Lifeguards are on duty at most City beaches and outdoor pools starting this weekend.
Here is what you need to know:
- Lifeguards will be on duty at Ottawa’s supervised beaches every day beginning Saturday, June 16 until Sunday, August 26, from noon to 7 p.m. Refer to ottawa.ca for beach locations, descriptions, amenities and recreational programs offered.
- 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 e-coli bacteria are found, a no-swim advisory is issued, posted online 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. This is due to the increase of surface run-off pushing surface contaminants into the waterway, which can result in increased e-coli levels in the water.
- Please be sure to follow water safety rules and practice sun safety.
- Smoking and vaping are prohibited on all City properties including beaches.
- Most outdoor pools will open Saturday, June 16, depending on location.
- Wading pools will open June 28 or July 3, 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 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through to September. Please contact 3-1-1 to report a splash pad that is not working.