Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Summer fun to be found at Ottawa pools, pads and beaches

Each week in June brings more opportunities for Ottawa residents to stay cool at Ottawa beaches, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads.


Lifeguards will be on duty at Ottawa’s five supervised beaches – Britannia, Westboro, Mooney’s Bay, Petrie Island East Bay and Petrie Island River – every day from noon to 7 p.m. beginning Saturday, June 15 until August 18.

Ottawa Public Health monitors recreational water quality seven days a week at the City of Ottawa’s supervised beaches. If high levels of bacteria are found, a ‘no swim’ advisory is issued and tweeted(@ottawahealth). Daily water quality results will be available at or by calling 613-580-6744, ext. 13219. Site signage and flags at each location will also indicate whether a ‘no swim’ advisory is in effect.

Outdoor pools and Wading pools

All outdoor pools will be open as of June 15. Most Ottawa wading pools open on June 21 or June 28 and close on either August 16 or August 23. Dates and operating hours vary.

For the best information on the opening date and operating hours of your favourite wading or swimming pool, go to If the weather looks uncertain, call the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590 to find out if your favourite wading pool is open that day.

Splash pads

Most of Ottawa’s 100 splash pads became operational on May 17 and will operate between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until September 18. The one exception is Stanstead Park which opens June 20 until August 27.

Splash pads located near elementary schools are equipped with timers that only allow their use in the evenings and weekends, until the school year is complete.

Please note:

Visitors are reminded to abide by admission requirements and water safety rules and that smoking is prohibited on all City property, which includes the five supervised beaches.

There will be no vehicle access to Petrie Island on Saturday, June 15 due to a special event. Residents may use a free shuttle that will be provided from the Trim Road Park and Ride.

Mackenzie King Bridge will be closed to pedestrians after 7 p.m., so passengers cannot be picked up or dropped off at that station in the evening.

  • After the fireworks downtown, buses will be available on Slater, Albert, and Bank Streets.
  • The last local buses will depart transit stations at around 11:30 p.m. or midnight.

Free Shuttle between Ottawa and Gatineau

  • Buses operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. between the National Art Gallery and Jacques-Cartier Park

Information on July 1

  • OC Transpo’s Sales and Information office in the Rideau Centre will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • An OC Transpo information booth will be located at Confederation Square, across from the Chateau Laurier, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Note that bus Route 107 is replacing the O-Train, which is closed for service upgrades. The following routes will not operate on July 1: 101, 120, 123, 137, 150, 151, 161, 173, 178 and all peak period routes. Visit or for holiday schedules.

Further information is available by calling OC Transpo Information at 613-741-4390 (open July 1 between 7a.m. and 9 p.m.) and by visiting

Comments are closed.