Ottawa Beaches

When visiting Ottawa or for Ottawa residents, you can bring the family to 4 Ottawa beaches to take them for a swim:

  • Petrie Island
  • Britannia Beach
  • Mooney’s Bay Beach
  • Westboro Beach

Ottawa Beaches Information

  • Volleyball net rentals available. Inquire at the Lifeguard office.
  • Join a volleyball league. Call  613-580-2854
  • Book your event at the beach. Contact City Wide Allocations at  613-580-2595  or e-mail [email protected].
Children playing on a beach

Water Quality

  • Daily water quality results
  • Ottawa Public Health at     613-580-2424       ext. 13219.

The City of Ottawa samples beach water every day from June to the end of August.




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.
  • Washrooms & change rooms
  • Free parking
  • Canteen & outdoor showers
  • Picnic tables & barbecue pits
  • Play structures & fields
Mooney’s Bay Beach
2926 Riverside Drive 
A popular summer destination for swimmers, rowers, and volleyball enthusiasts, the beach is located on the east shore of the Rideau River just south of Carleton University.
  • Washrooms & change rooms
  • Pay parking (7 am to 6 pm)
  • Canteen
  • Picnic tables & barbecue pits
  • Park and recreation facilities including tennis courts and play structures
Petrie Island Beach
727 Trim Road 
613- 824-5704      
Ottawa’s newest beach offers a wonderful expanse of sand and spectacular views across the Ottawa River on Petrie Island.
  • Washrooms
  • Pay parking (7 am to 6 pm)
  • Interpretation cottage
  • A dozen picnic tables
Westboro Beach
745 Ottawa River Parkway 
A somewhat smaller beach and park situated on NCC property at Kitchissippi Lookout and accessible from the Ottawa River Parkway.
  • Washrooms & change rooms
  • Free parking
  • Canteen & patio with tables

Stay safe this summer

  • There is no substitute for your supervision!
  • Always be within arms’ reach of your children!
  • Drink lots of water, wear light-colored clothing, a hat, and good sunglasses
  • Lather on waterproof sunscreen with an SPF 15 or more at least 30 minutes before sun exposure and remember to keep re-applying.

For more Information, please contact the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590 or e-mail [email protected] .

Ottawa’s beaches are an oasis of fun and relaxation close to home!

Photo credit: QUOI Media / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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