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Beach Information

Locations, schedules and amenities

Beaches are closed. 


  • 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


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




Beaches are closed. 
Britannia beach 
2805 Carling Ave. 
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 
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
  • Picnic tables and barbecue pits
  • Tennis courts and play structures

Petrie Island beach

727 Trim Road


613- 824-5704


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 
  • Interpretation cottage
  • 12 picnic tables
Westboro beach
745 Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
(formally Ottawa River Parkway)
A somewhat smaller beach and park located on NCC property at Kitchissippi Lookout on the Ottawa River.

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.