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4 Ottawa Sandy 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

Bring the family to any of the Ottawa Beaches for swimming, barbecuing, or picnicking. Bring some food, the sunscreen, and beach towels, and hit the sand!

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 sports@ottawa.ca.
Children playing on an Ottawa BeachPin

Ottawa Beaches Water Quality

Daily beach water quality results can be found on the City of Ottawa website. For more information, you can contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744. The City of Ottawa samples beach water every day from June to the end of August.

Beach Safety Tips

  • 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.

Beaches in ottawa




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

For more information on Ottawa beaches, please contact the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590 or e-mail seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca.

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

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. 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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