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Swimming

Public swimming

The City has many places for you and your family to enjoy the water. Each location offers a broad range of fun and athletic programs.

The City is now planning for a phased-approach to opening wading pools and a gradual opening of indoor and outdoor swimming pool facilities – with COVID-19 prevention measures.

The City has collaborated with Ottawa Public Health, Canadian Red Cross Society, and Lifesaving Society to develop a swimming structure that incorporates public health prevention and mitigation measures that help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

While measures to attempt to control the risks of the transmission of COVID-19, parents, participants and staff need to be aware and understand, that there are still risks with participating in a public swim, lane swim or swimming lesson.

  • 12 indoor pools and nine outdoor pools
  • 53 wading pools and 127 splash pads
  • Three beaches

COVID-19 safety measures at City pool facilities

The City has collaborated with Ottawa Public Health, Canadian Red Cross Society, and Lifesaving Society to incorporate public health prevention and mitigation measures that help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

What you can expect

When you come to an aquatics facility, you’re going to notice several changes we have made to ensure we live up to our commitment to keep everyone safe, including:

  • Saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, diving boards, rope swings, and water slides will be closed
  • Plexiglass shields installed for customer service desk to protect workers and users
  • Directional signage to manage traffic flow
  • Swimmers will need to maintain the 2m physical distancing rule and follow proper hygiene
  • We encourage swimmers to use goggles, and snorkels will not be allowed.
  • Swimmers are encouraged to bring their own equipment for their use only, only life jackets and PFD’s will be available for loaning at the facility.
  • Clients are asked to keep their personal items to a minimum.

The capacity of amenities and other spaces will also be reduced to safe numbers. These changes will allow us to ensure that physical distancing can be practiced regardless of where you are in our facilities and spaces.

Ottawa Public Health states that the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 increases progressively with age, particularly beyond 50 to 60 years. In addition to increasing age, people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions (cardiovascular, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic lung, chronic liver, cancer, immunocompromise) or severe obesity are at higher risk for severe illness. Every individual needs to take into account their personal risk factors when making decisions about going out.

Health checks upon arrival

  • Upon arrival both staff and users will be required to complete a self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms before being authorized access to be on site.
  • Entry to the building will be denied for anyone who answers as a risk from the self-assessment questionnaire.

Physical distancing

  • Physical distancing will remain in place for all users not living in the same household or in their social circle.
  • Traffic measures will be implemented around the pools and entry and exit will be staggered so crowding doesn’t occur
  • There will be reduced capacity for the total number of patrons on deck and in the pool, to allow for physical distancing
  • Swimmers at outdoor pools will enter and exit through a gate and not through the facility.
  • Viewing areas will be either closed or their capacity reduced, to allow for proper physical distancing.
  • Parents or guardians who are not accompanying their child in the pool for swimming lessons are encouraged to wait outside the facility.
  • Directional flow of swimmers around the outside of the pool for entering and exiting the swimming area.
  • Signage used to maintain physical distancing in corridors and stairwells. Floor decals guide traffic paths.
  • Swimmers of the same household may swim together in one lane during lane and public swims

Masks and other barrier devices

  • Wear a mask while walking in the facility, since some people who are infected with COVID-19 may have the virus and not know it. Masks can help decrease the risk of spreading the virus.
  • Swimmers may keep their cloth face masks on until they enter the pool
  • Effective July 7, 2020, masks are required to be worn in indoor public spaces at City of Ottawa facilities as per the direction of the Medical Officer of Health. For further information on the use of masks in public spaces, including exemptions, please visit Ottawa Public Health’s website.

Cleaning and disinfection

  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of common and pool areas, high-touch surfaces, change room and washroom facilities, and lifejackets.
  • Only essential equipment will be provided for use on deck, and equipment will be disinfected between users (i.e. lifejackets)
  • Equipment that is not regularly in contact with chlorinated water will be disinfected every 4 hours at minimum.
  • Washrooms will have every second sink and urinal closed.
  • Swimmers must wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer for 20 seconds before entry. Hand sanitizer will be made available at any entrance and exit doors

Do your part to slow the spread

  • Shower at home before going to the pool.
  • Wear your bathing suit to the pool.
  • Practice personal COVID-19 hygiene – washing or sanitizing your hands, staying home if you are ill.
  • Stay two metres from other swimmers and staff.

Browse and reserve your spot for public and lane swims

The number of swimmers will be significantly reduced for both public and lane swims to ensure physical distancing can be maintained. In order to accommodate as many swimmers as possible, swims will be scheduled in one-hour sessions with fifteen-minute blocks between sessions to allow staff to manage numbers entering and exiting the facility, and to perform additional cleaning. Swimmers will receive a wrist band with their reserved date and time. Information regarding the reservation process for public and lane swims will be announced on this webpage in the coming days, with offerings to begin as early as July 6.

  • Lane swim: Continuous lane swim workout. Children age eight to 10 must pass the facility's swim test.
  • 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 aged 8, 9 and 10 must be tested to demonstrate their ability to swim 25 metres uninterrupted in order to be permitted to swim unaccompanied.

There were many considerations factored into selecting which pools to open as part of the first stage of reopening, including the site’s ability to meet community and operational needs – such as summer camp offerings and appropriate staffing levels – and the ability to operate with physical distancing guidelines in place. Some pool sites have planned construction projects underway during this first stage, and will reopen at a later date.

The COVID-19 situation remains fluid and we may need to adapt our programming or pause operations at certain sites throughout the summer and into the fall, should the nature of the pandemic shift once again.

Reservation process

Public and lane swims at select sites will begin on July 6. The details and schedule are below. Although we are working towards an online reservation system to reserve space for public and lane swims, currently you will be able to reserve your spot the following way:

  • Review the swim schedules in the charts below.
  • On the day of the swim you would like to attend, please call the facility to reserve your space on a first come, first served basis.
  • For early morning swims, you are able to call the evening prior (after 7 pm) to reserve your space.
  • When you arrive on the day of your swim, you will be given a bracelet for verification, and after payment and screening you will be permitted to enter.

Please review the COVID-19 safety measures at City pool facilities information before reserving your space.

Important information to note

  • You can reserve spaces for members of your direct family only.
  • You are allowed to reserve a maximum of 6 spaces at a time. 
  • Clients who are unable to phone the facility can reserve their space in person on the day-of a swim, however in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 we strongly encourage reservations by phone.
  • Reserved bracelets are only available for pick-up on the day of the swim. You do not need to pick up your bracelet in advance of the swim if you have reserved your space over the phone.
  • Leaving a voicemail will not guarantee a reservation. Please continue to call until you speak to a staff member, in order to confirm a reservation.

Swim schedules

July 6 – outdoor pool reopening schedules

  Day(s) Lane swim Public swim
Bearbrook Outdoor Pool
613-824-8300
Monday to Friday 12:15 - 1:15 pm,
1:30 - 2:30 pm

11 am - noon,
2:45 - 3:45 pm,
4 - 5 pm,
5:15 - 6:15 pm

Saturday and Sunday 10 - 11 am 11:15 am - 12:15 pm,
12:30 - 1:30 pm,
1:45 - 2:45 pm,
3 - 4 pm,
4:15 - 5:15 pm,
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Crestview Outdoor Pool
613-225-7250

 
Monday to Sunday Noon - 1 pm 1 - 2 pm,
2:15 - 3:15 pm,
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Monday to Friday n/a 6 - 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11 am - noon 4:45 - 5:45 pm
Entrance Outdoor Pool
613-829-2705
Monday to Sunday Noon - 1 pm 1 - 2 pm,
2:15 - 3:15 pm,
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Monday to Friday 9 - 10 am 6-7 pm
Saturday and Sunday n/a 4:45 - 5:45 pm
General Burns Outdoor Pool
613-225-7970
Monday to Sunday n/a 1 - 2 pm,
2:15 - 3:15 pm,
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Monday to Friday Noon - 1 pm 6 - 7 pm,
7:15 - 8:15 pm
Saturday and Sunday n/a 10:30 - 11:30 am,
11:45 am - 12:45 pm,
4:45 - 5:45 pm
Genest Outdoor Pool
613-749-6488
Monday to Sunday 10:30 - 11:30 am 11:45 am - 12:45 pm,
1 - 2 pm,
2:15 - 3:15 pm,
3:30 - 4:30 pm,
4:45 - 5:45 pm,
6 - 7 pm
Monday - August 3 only n/a Noon - 1 pm,
1:15 - 2:15 pm,
2:30 - 3:30 pm,
Glen Cairn Outdoor Pool
613-836-7380
Monday to Sunday Noon - 1 pm 1:15 - 2:15 pm,
2:30 - 3:30 pm,
3:45 - 4:45 pm
Monday to Friday 5 - 6 pm 6:15 - 7:15 pm

July 6 – indoor pool reopening schedules

  Day(s) Lane swim Public swim
Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex
613-580-9600 ext. 32821
Monday to Friday 11 am - noon,
12:15 - 1:15 pm
1:30 - 2:30 pm
2:45 - 3:45 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 - 11 am 11:15 am - 12:15 pm,
12:30 - 1:30 pm,
1:45 - 2:45 pm,
3 - 4 pm
Canterbury Recreation Complex
613-580-3600
Monday to Friday 10:15 - 11:15 am,
11:30 am - 12:30 pm,
12:45 - 1:45 pm
2 - 3 pm,
3:15 - 4:15 pm
Monday to Thursday 8:15 - 9:15 pm n/a
Monday and Wednesday n/a 7 - 8 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 7 - 8 pm n/a
Friday n/a 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11 am - noon,
12:15 - 1:15 pm
1:30 - 2:30 pm,
2:45 - 3:45 pm
Deborah Anne Kirwan Pool
613-247-4820
Monday to Friday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm 12:30 - 1:30 pm,
1:45 - 2:45 pm,
3 - 4 pm,
6 - 7 pm,
7:15 - 8:15 pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:45 - 9:45 am,
9:45 - 10:45 am
11 am - noon,
12:15 - 1:15 pm,
1:30 - 2:30 pm,
2:45 - 3:45 pm,
4 - 5 pm
Lowertown Pool
613-580-2424 ext. 44426
Monday to Friday

9 - 10 am,
10:15 - 11:15 am,
11:30 am - 12:30 pm,
12:45 - 1:45 pm,
8 - 9 pm,
9:15 - 10:15 pm

2 - 3 pm,
3:15 - 4:15 pm
6:45 - 7:45 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm,
12:45 - 1:45 pm
2 - 3 pm,
3:15 - 4:15 pm
Sawmill Creek Community Centre and Pool
613-521-4092
Monday to Sunday 12:15 - 1:15 pm 1:30 - 2:30 pm,
2:45 - 3:45 pm
Monday to Friday 8:15 - 9:15 am n/a
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6:15 - 7:15 pm n/a
Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 - 7:30 pm 5:15 - 6:15 pm
Splash Wave Pool
613-748-4222
Monday to Sunday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm,
12:30 - 1:30 pm,
1:45 - 2:45 pm,
3 - 4 pm,
6:15 - 7:15 pm,
7:30 - 8:30 pm
11:15 am - 12:15 pm,
12:30 - 1:30 pm,
1:45 - 2:45 pm,
3 - 4 pm,
6:15 - 7:15 pm,
7:30 - 8:30 pm

July 9 – outdoor pool reopening schedules

  Day(s) Lane swim Public swim
Corkstown
613-820-1636
Monday to Sunday n/a

11:45 am - 12:45 pm,
1 - 2 pm,
2:15 - 3:15 pm,
3:30 - 4:30 pm

Monday to Friday n/a 5:45 - 6:45 pm,
7 - 8 pm

July 9 – indoor pool reopening schedules

  Day(s) Lane swim Public swim
CARDELREC Recreation Complex - Goulbourn
613-580-2532
Monday to Saturday 1 - 2 pm 2:15 - 3:15 pm
Monday and Wednesday 8 - 9 pm n/a
Tuesday and Thursday 7 - 8 am,
8:45 - 9:45 pm
7:30 - 8:30 pm
Friday 8:30 - 9:30 pm 7:15 - 8:15 pm
Saturday n/a 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Sunday 11 am - noon,
8 - 9 pm
12:15 - 1:15 pm,
1:30 - 2:30 pm,
2:45 - 3:45 pm
Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven
613-727-2683
Monday to Saturday 12:15 - 1:15 pm 1:30 - 2:30 pm,
2:45 - 3:45 pm
Monday to Friday 8:15  - 9:15 am,
9:30 - 10:30 am,
4 - 5 pm
n/a
Monday to Thursday 8:15 - 9:15 pm 7 - 8 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 7 - 8 am n/a
Friday 7:45 - 8:45 pm 5:15 - 6:15 pm,
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 - 9:30 am 4 - 5 pm
Sunday 9:15 - 10:15 am,
10:30 - 11:30 am
11:45 am - 12:45 pm,
1 - 2 pm,
2:15 - 3:15 pm
Pinecrest Recreation Complex
613-580-9676
Monday to Sunday 11:45 am - 12:45 pm 1 - 2 pm
Monday to Friday 7:45 - 8:45 am,
4:45 - 5:45 pm
n/a
Monday, Wednesday and Friday n/a 2:15 - 3:15 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 - 7:30 am n/a
Tuesday and Thursday
(starting July 21)
7:30 to 8:30 pm n/a
Friday n/a 6 - 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday 9:15 - 10:15 am 10:30 - 11:30 am

July 13 – outdoor pool reopening schedules

  Day(s) Lane swim Public swim
Beaverbrook Outdoor pool
613-591-3061
Monday to Sunday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm 12:30 -1:30 pm,
1:45 - 2:45 pm, 
3 - 4 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 - 8:30 pm 6:15 - 7:15 pm
Saturday and Sunday n/a 4:15 - 5:15 pm

July 13 – indoor pool reopening schedules

  Day(s) Lane swim Public swim
Plant Recreation Centre
613-232-3000 
Monday to Friday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 12:45 - 1:45 pm,
2 - 3 pm,
3:15 - 4:15 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
and Friday
7:45 - 8:45 am n/a
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:15 - 9:15 pm n/a
Monday and Friday 4:30 - 5:30 pm 5:45 - 6:45 pm
Tuesday and Thursday n/a 7 - 8 pm
Wednesday 8 - 9 pm n/a
Friday 7 - 8 pm n/a
Saturday and Sunday Noon - 1 pm,
1:15 - 2:15 pm,
3:45 - 4:45 pm
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Richcraft Recreation Complex - Kanata
613-580-9696
Monday to Sunday n/a 1:15 - 2:15 pm,
2:30 - 3:30 pm
 
Monday to Friday 6:15 - 7:15 am,
7:30 - 8:30 am,
8:45 - 9:45 am 
n/a
Monday, Wednesday,
and Friday
7:30 - 8:30 pm  n/a
Tuesday and Thursday n/a 7:30 - 8:30 pm 
Saturday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm,
4 - 5 pm
5:15 - 6:15 pm 
n/a
Sunday 8 - 9 am,
9:15 - 10:15 am 
n/a

July 20 – indoor pool reopening schedules

  Day(s) Lane swim Public swim
François Dupuis Recreation Centre
613-580-8080
Monday to Friday 7:30 - 8:30 am n/a
Monday to Sunday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm,
12:30 - 1:30 pm
1:45 - 2:45 pm,
3 - 4 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday,
Saturday, Sunday
n/a 4:15 - 5:15 pm
Monday and Wednesday 7:45 - 8:45 pm 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 - 9 pm n/a
Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 pm 6:45 - 7:45 pm
Friday 6:45 - 7:45 pm 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Browse and register for COVID-modified swimming lessons

Summer 2020 Learn to Swim Recreation eGuide [ PDF - 636 kb ]

Effective July 7, 2020, masks are required to be worn in indoor public spaces at City of Ottawa facilities as per the direction of the Medical Officer of Health. For further information on the use of masks in public spaces, including exemptions, please visit Ottawa Public Health’s website.

The City is now planning for a phased-approach to opening wading pools and a gradual opening of indoor and outdoor swimming pool facilities – with COVID-19 prevention measures. Registration for the COVID-modified swimming lessons is scheduled for Monday, July 13.

The City has collaborated with Ottawa Public Health, Canadian Red Cross Society, and Lifesaving Society to develop a swimming lesson structure that incorporates public health prevention and mitigation measures that help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

While measures to attempt to control the risks of the transmission of COVID-19, parents, participants and staff need to be aware and understand, that there are still risks with participating in a swimming lesson.

Swimming instructors will maintain physical distancing from their students and there will be no in-water instruction. As a result, a parent or guardian must accompany their child in the pool for the following levels:

  • Private lessons – pre-school to Swim Kids 4
  • Pre-school to Swim Kids 1 to 4 – low-ratio classes
  • Inclusive Swim Kids 1 and 2

Lessons for all levels will be 30 minutes to allow for proper physical distancing between participants entering and leaving the facility. This also provides sufficient time for cleaning and disinfecting the pool and common areas.

Swimming lesson spots will be limited due to reduced number of participants in each session, to allow for proper physical distancing.

The City will not be offering aquafitness, regular-ratio classes, Power Swim, and lifesaving and leadership classes during this phase of reopening.

Register for a program

How to register

  1. Sign-in or create an account
  2. Find a program

To search for facilities, you can browse In my Neighbourhood

In person registration at recreation facilities or client services is not currently available due to COVID-19 closures

Pool locations

As a result of provincial facility usage regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing construction and repair work and resource availability, some aquatic facilities will not open this summer.

Pools that are not reopening summer 2020:

Pools that are reopening summer 2020:

East Ottawa: Indoor pools

East Ottawa: Outdoor pools (summer only)

South Ottawa: Indoor pools

West Ottawa: Indoor pools

West Ottawa: Outdoor pools (summer only)

Wave pools

Only public and lane swims will be offered this summer due to provincial restrictions.

Splash pads (summer only)

The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce that Splash Pad activation will begin on Friday June 12. All pads should be fully operational by Thursday June 18. In order to safely use splash pads, it’s recommended that users maintain physical distancing, use hand sanitizer frequently, and use your elbow or foot to activate the splash pads (not your hands).

To prevent damage to the splash pads, we ask that residents please refrain from using sticks or stones to activate the controls.

Splash pad operational hours vary by location. By the end of July 2020 all splash pad operational hours will be 8 am to 9 pm.

The following splash pads will remain closed for repairs:

  • Anisha Park
  • Glebe Memorial Park
  • Jasmine Park
  • Whitehaven Park

The following splash pads are open; however, some water features are out of service:

  • Brewer Park - slide
  • Claudette Cain Park
  • Little Rock Park
  • Pioneer Plains Park

Please call 311 to report a malfunction or technical issue.

For more information please email seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca.

This interactive map shows you the locations of Ottawa’s splash pads. Splash pads marked in light blue are accessible.

Wading pools (summer only)

The 53 wading pools across the city will be reopening in a phased-in approach, with the first group of pools opening on July 6 and a second group on July 13, with some pools remaining closed for maintenance and repair.

July 10 - Bingham wading pool will be opening late due to scheduling issues

Wading pool attendants will be present at the pool to provide safety supervision. Admission numbers will be reduced to allow for physical distancing.

Wading pools opening July 6

  • Agincourt, 1269 Albany Dr.
  • Alda Burt, 1816 St. Laurent Blvd.
  • Bellevue Manor, 1520 Caldwell Ave.
  • Bingham, 145 Cathcart St.
  • Canterbury, 2185 Arch St
  • Cecil Morrison, 1332 Avenue N
  • Chaudiere, 68 Elm St.
  • Dutchies, 154 Mann Ave.
  • Elizabeth Manley, 1161 Blohm Dr.
  • Frank Ryan, 950 Alpine Ave.
  • Hampton, 645 Parkview Ave.
  • Hawthorne, 2139 Tawney Rd.
  • Heron, 999 Heron Rd.
  • Jules Morin, 400 Clarence St. East
  • Marlene Catterall (Michele), 2955 Michele Dr.
  • Meadowvale, 1205 Trenton Ave.
  • Owl, 185 Owl Dr.
  • Parkdale, 366 Parkdale Ave.
  • Pushman, 1270 Pebble Rd.
  • Raven, 1500 Larose Ave.
  • Reid, 40 Reid Ave.
  • Rideauview, 960 Eiffel Ave.
  • Ruth Wildgen, 1099 Grenon Ave.
  • St Laurent, 525 Côte St.
  • St Paul's, 469 Donald St.
  • Strathcona, 25 Range Rd.
  • Windsor, 1 Windsor Ave.

Wading pools opening July 13

  • Alexander, 960 Silver St.
  • Alta Vista, 1309 Randall Ave.
  • Alvin Heights, 352 London Terrace
  • Balena, 1640 Devon St.
  • Bel-Air, 2149 Berwick Ave.
  • Brantwood, 39 Onslow Cres.
  • Britannia, 2844 Ahearn Ave.
  • Carleton Heights, 1665 Apeldoorn Ave.
  • Champlain, 140 Carleton Ave.
  • Ev Tremblay, 108 Beech St.
  • Frank J. Licari, 1990 Cochrane St
  • Greenboro, 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr.
  • Iona, 223 Iona Ave.
  • Kingsmere, 2074 Benjamin Cres
  • Kiwanis, 395 Levis St.
  • Lions, 294 Elmgrove Ave.
  • Lisa, 6 Lisa Ave.
  • McNabb, 435 Bronson Ave.
  • Optimiste, 43 Ste Cecile St.
  • Overbrook, 33 Quill St.
  • Pauline Vanier, 1015 Harkness Ave.
  • Sandy Hill, 250 Somerset St. East
  • St Luke's, 166 Frank St.
  • Sylvia Holden , 641 O'Connor St.
  • Weston, 955 Pleasant Park Rd.

Bring the kids to a neighbourhood wading pool to cool off and play. This interactive map shows you the locations of Ottawa's wading pools, along with their dates and hours of operation.

Fees

There is no cost to swim at a City of Ottawa wading pool.

Safety and admission requirements for wading pools

Height requirement: 45 inches (115 cm)

Facility's swim test: Must be able to independently recover from floating on their front and back, and be able to cross the deepest part of the pool unassisted.

General supervisory standards for wading pools

Age Admission requirements Guardian:child ratio
Five years and under

Parent/guardian 14 years or older must be within arms reach at all times
Child must wear a wristband

1:4
Six to nine years, height under 115 cm and cannot pass facility's swim test

Parent/guardian 14 years or older must be within arms reach at all times
Child must wear a wristband

1:4
Six to nine years, height at least 115 cm or passes facility's swim test Actively supervised by parent or guardian 14 years or older N/A
10 years and older No supervision, facility swim test or minimum height required N/A

Supervisory standards for camps at wading pools

Age Admission requirements Staff:child ratio
Five years and under

Staff must be within arms reach at all times

Child must wear a wristband

1:4
Six to nine years, height under 115 cm and cannot pass facility's swim test

Staff must be within arms reach at all times

Child must wear a wristband

1:4
Six to nine years, height at least 115 cm or passes facility's swim test Always accompanied by staff 1:10
10 years and older, height at least 115 cm or passes facility's swim test Always accompanied by staff 1:15

 Each ratio above indicates the maximum number of children that one responsible person 14 years or older can supervise. They may not have any additional children under their care unless the other children are at least six years old and able to pass the facility's swim test or meet the height requirement.

Beaches

The City conducts water quality testing and has lifeguards on duty at municipal beaches daily from noon to 7 pm starting June 27 until August 30, 2020. Please check back here for current information on beaches reopening, and Ottawa Public Health’s website for water quality testing results.

Put your toes in the sand or get involved in some water fun at one of the City’s public beaches.

Britannia Beach will be closed to swimmers and beachgoers this summer for riverbed restoration. The beach will re-open for public swimming and all other beach activities in 2021. Learn more

Accessible wheel chairs available at Mooney’s Bay Beach, Petrie Island Beach and Westboro Beach. Available daily between noon to 6:30 pm

  • Beach accessible wheel chair - Available to rent at no cost
  • For availability, please contact:
  • Users are required to provide own attendant to push chair and assist with transfer in and out of chair

There is no lift on site.

To book an event at the beach, contact Centralized Allocations:

To bring your group to swim at the beach, contact Beach Operations:

Petrie Island Beach

A wonderful sandy beach with spectacular views across the Ottawa River. Great for picnics, a stroll, a swim, a game of volleyball or to watch the boats go by.

  • May 16 to September 7, 2020: Paid parking from 7 am to 6 pm (seasonal passes available)
  • Canteen
  • Picnic tables
  • Play structure
  • Lifeguards

Britannia Beach

Britannia Beach will be closed to swimmers and beachgoers this summer for riverbed restoration. The beach will re-open for public swimming and all other beach activities in 2021. Learn more

  • Free parking
  • Canteen
  • Picnic tables
  • BBQ pits in the park
  • Play structures
  • Accessible washroom

Mooney’s Bay Beach

A popular summer destination for swimmers, rowers and special events, including Dragon Boat Races and HOPE Volleyball.

  • Canteen
  • Picnic tables
  • BBQ pits in the park
  • Play structures
  • Lifeguards

Westboro Beach

This beach is located on National Capital Commission property at Kitchissippi Lookout on the Ottawa River.

  • Free parking
  • Canteen and patio with tables
  • Picnic tables
  • Lifeguards

Water safety

Have fun at the beaches and play safe by following water safety guidelines.

For additional information please visit the City of Ottawa’s Safety and supervisory standards in City pools and beaches.

Water quality

Beach water quality is tested daily for the presence of E coli bacteria. Learn more from Ottawa Public Health.

Standard safety and supervisory standards in City pools and beaches

There are safety standards so that everyone can enjoy the City’s swimming pools and beaches. Additional COVID-19 safety measures will also be in place to keep you as safe as possible.

If you are unsure of how these requirements apply to you, please contact the pool before your visit.

To ensure adequate supervision and to identify people at greater risk, all swimmers need to wear a City-issued coloured wristband to get in the pool.

Non-swimmers and those who cannot pass the facility's swim test must remain in shallow water.

Each ratio below indicates the maximum number of children that one responsible person 14 years or older can supervise. The parent or guardian must be in proper bathing attire, in the water, actively participating and within arm’s reach at all times.

Supervisory standards in City pools

Age Requirements Guardian:child ratio Wristband
5 years and under Accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older who must be actively participating and within arms reach at all times 1:2 Orange
6 to 7 Accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older who must be actively participating and within arms reach at all times

1:4 or 1:6 if wearing life jackets

Orange
8 to 10, did not pass facility's swim test Always accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older who must be actively participating and within arms reach at all times 1:4 or 1:8 if wearing life jackets Orange
8 to 10, passed facility's swim test No guardian supervision required N/A Green

Supervisory standards in City beaches

Age Requirements Guardian:child ratio
5 years and under Accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older who must be actively participating and within arms reach at all times 1:2
6 to 7 years Accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older who must be actively participating and within arms reach at all times

1:4 or 1:6 if wearing life jackets/PFDs

8 to 10 years Accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older who must be actively participating and within arms reach at all times 1:4 or 1:8 if wearing life jackets/PFDs
11 to 13 years Accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older 1:15

High-risk people must be in a ratio of 1:1. High-risk people have a condition or illness that may put them at risk in a pool, such as frequent seizures or fainting conditions. This includes people who are unable to control their behaviour or impulses and require direct supervision. The supervisory ratios for groups of high-risk people will be determined by pool staff based on the specific needs of the people and their associated risks. We recommend you call the pool before you visit.

Swimming fees

Please note not all pools are reopened this summer due to COVID-19. Please refer to the pool locations section for details.

2020 standard and outdoor pool fees

Bearbrook Outdoor Pool, Beaverbrook Outdoor Pool, Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex-Orléans, Brewer Pool, Canterbury Pool, Corkstown Outdoor Pool, Crestview Outdoor Pool, Deborah Anne Kirwan Pool, Entrance Outdoor Pool, François Dupuis Recreation Centre, General Burns Outdoor Pool, Genest Outdoor Pool, Glen Cairn Outdoor Pool, Katimavik Outdoor Pool, Lowertown Pool, Pinecrest Recreation Centre, Plant Recreation Centre, Sawmill Creek Pool

  • Two years and under: Free
  • Three to 18 years: $2.75
  • Full-time students: $2.75
  • 19 to 64 years: $5.25
  • 65 years and older: $3.50
  • One to two adults and their children: $2.75 per person
  • Groups of 10 or more: $2.50 per person

2020 leisure pool fees

CARDELREC Recreation Complex Goulbourn, Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven, Richcraft Recreation Complex-Kanata, Splash Wave Pool

  • Two years and under: Free
  • Three to 18 years: $3.75
  • Full-time students: $3.75
  • 19 to 64 years: $6
  • 65 years and older: $4.75
  • One to two adults and their children: $3.75 per person
  • Groups of 10 or more: $3.50 per person
  • Whirlpool/steam (Kanata Leisure Pool and Walter Baker Sports Centre): $4.75

2020 aquafit fees

Aquafit programs will not be offered this summer due to COVID-19.

Water safety

Drowning is fast, silent and preventable. This page provides helpful tips to ensure water safety at all times.

Adult supervision while swimming

Whether at the beach, in a deep pool or in an inflatable pool, young swimmers should always be supervised by a responsible adult who:

  • Knows how to swim
  • Has access to a reliable phone to call 911 in the event of an emergency
  • Knows the location of safety equipment
  • Knows basic water rescue, first aid, and CPR

Be a Water Watcher

Here is how you can be a Water Watcher:

  • Make sure a responsible adult who can swim is supervising your backyard pool any time people are in the water.
    • Drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for children under 10 years of age. Backyard pools are the number one location where these drownings occur, often during a short lapse in supervision.
  • Stay within arm's reach of non-swimmers.
    • Be close enough to provide immediate help. All children under 5 years should always be within arm’s reach of an adult when near water or in the water.
  • Stay close to the pool's edge.
    • You need to be able to see or "scan" the entire surface and bottom of the pool and be able to respond quickly.
  • Watch every child. Get extra help if needed.
    • Watch children's faces to see if they look panicked. This could mean they are in distress. If you're having trouble keeping track of all the children, get help from another Water Watcher supervisor to help.
  • Make sure weak and non-swimmers wear lifejackets or personal floatation devices.
    • Lifejackets or personal floatation devices can help prevent accidents but they do not replace adult supervision.
  • Ensure constant supervision. Drowning is fast and silent.
    • Need a bathroom break? Time to tend to the BBQ? Want to check your phone? Designate another responsible adult as the Water Watcher in your absence. Drowning is fast. It can happen in only inches of water and in a matter of seconds!

Backyard pool safety

Did you know that:

  • Backyard pools are the number one location where children drown.
  • Each year in Canada, an average of 487 people die from drowning.
  • Drowning can occur in as little as 10 to 20 seconds, in only centimetres of water.

Everyone using your pool should:

  • Know how to swim. It's never too late to learn how to swim.
  • Know which part of the pool is deep or shallow.
  • Know the location of the nearest phone.
  • Always swim with a buddy, never alone.
  • Be sober. Alcohol and pools don't mix.
  • Stay out of the pool if there's thunder, lightning, or if the bottom of the pool cannot be seen clearly.

Pool fences

Does your pool fence meet the City's Pool enclosure By-Laws?

  • The minimum fence height allowed in Ottawa is 1.5 m or 5 feet 153 cm (60 inches).
  • Every swimming pool fence gate must have a self-closing and self-latching mechanism.

Does the by-law apply to a portable pool?

  • The By-law applies to any privately-owned outdoor pool of water able to hold a water depth equal to or greater than 600 mm (24 in) at any point.
  • This includes ponds, blow up pools, self-inflating pools, and hot tubs.

Life jackets and pool toys

Lifejackets, personal floatation devices, water wings, "pool noodles" and other floatation devices do not keep you safe in the pool. This equipment can be fun, but it is not a replacement for adult supervision!

Lifejackets and personal floatation devices must fit correctly to work. We don't recommend water wings as they can deflate or slip, leaving a child dangling under water.

Drowning prevention in the winter months

Many factors including temperature, thickness, snow cover, water depth and currents can affect ice safety.

Did you know?

  • Almost two thirds of ice-related incidents occur on lakes and the rest occur on rivers.
  • Quality and thickness of ice can change very quickly.
  • Snow acts as a blanket, slowing ice formation and growth.
  • A sudden drop in air temperature can create cracks in the ice.
  • In less than five minutes, cold water begins to affect your ability to move your arms and legs.
  • Minimum ice thickness recommended by the Life Saving Society
    • 10 cm (4 inches) for walking or skating alone
    • 12 cm (5 inches) for snowmobiles
    • 25 cm to 30 cm (10 to 12 inches) for skating parties or games

Ice safety

  • No ice is 100% safe!
  • Check with local authorities before heading out.
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you should be back.
  • Carry a small personal safety kit including:
    • a lighter
    • waterproof matches
    • magnesium fire starter
    • pocketknife
    • compass
    • whistle
  • Carry ice picks, an ice staff, a rope and a cell phone.

More tips can be found on the Red Cross and Life Saving Society web sites.