Cool off in the city this summer

OTTAWA – Starting this weekend, lifeguards are on duty at most City outdoor pools and beaches.

Mooney’s Bay Beach, Westboro Beach and Britannia Beach will open Saturday, June 15. Petrie Island beach remains closed until further notice.

Visit or follow the city’s social media channels for updates.

Here is what you need to know:

Most outdoor pools will open Saturday, June 15, depending on location.

Wading pools will open June 27 or July 2, depending on location. Each wading pool will also host a free special event during the summer. For site-specific schedule information, please visit

Splash pads are now open and will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through to September. Please contact 3-1-1 to report a splash pad that is not working.

Lifeguards will be on duty at Ottawa’s supervised beaches every day beginning Saturday, June 15 until Sunday, Aug. 25, from noon to 7 p.m. Refer to 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, 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.

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