Ottawa Swimming Guide
Ottawa has four major public beaches that are open in the summer: Mooney's Bay, Britannia Beach, Westboro Beach, and Petrie Island. Add to that more than 50 wading pools and 9 outdoor public pools -- and there are plenty of ways to keep cool. When winter arrives, you can head inside to one of the 18 public swimming complexes. (And that's not even counting all of the facilities on the Gatineau side!)
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Indoor swimming pools
- Ottawa has four major beaches with lifeguards, washrooms, and other
amenities. Beaches are open from late June to late August each year,
with lifeguards on duty from noon until 7:00pm.
- Britannia Beach (2085 Carling)
On the Ottawa river at Britannia Bay.
- Mooney's Bay (2926 Riverside)
On the east shore of the Rideau River just south of Hogs Back.
- Petrie Island (727 Trim Road)
On the Ottawa River in the east end.
- Westboro Beach (745 Ottawa River Parkway)
Located at the Kitchissippi look-out on the Ottawa River.
- Check before you go: Each day in the summer, health
officials sample beach water to test for E.coli bacteria. When the
bacteria count is too high, the beaches are closed. You can check
the latest beach conditions by clicking
City of Gatineau Beaches
- There are three public beaches maintained by the City of Gatineau.
They're open from June until August each year.
- Parc des Cèdres (Rue Raoul-Roy and Ottawa
- Parc du Lac-Beauchamp (745, boul. Maloney Est)
- Parc Mousette (361, boul. de Lucerne)
- You can check out the water safety rating at each of the Gatineau
beaches by clicking
Gatineau Park Beaches
- The beaches in Gatineau park are some of the nicest (and quietest)
in the region, including Meech Lake, Lac Philippe, La Pêche Lake and Lac Leamy (in urban Gatineau).
- For a complete listing of Gatineau Park beaches, including water
safety conditions and maps, click
Water slides / Water parks
Salt Water Pools / Cholorine-Free Pools
Here are some indoor saltwater pools in Ottawa. If you know of any others that we should add to this list, please contact us
- Soloway JCC
The Levitank pool is a 4 lane, 25m Main Pool with a beach-like ramp, therapeutic hot tub, shallow baby pool, slide, water basketball nets and patio lounges.
- Centre Aquatique Paul-Pelletier
A public swimming pool in Aylmer
- The Ottawa Athletic Club
Features an indoor salt water swimming pool for club members.
- The Goodlife Fitness Centre at 1200 St. Laurent Blvd has a salt water pool, 22 metres long and 5 feet deep.
- Several hotels have salt water pools for guests, including the The Chateau Laurier, The Westin Hotel, Minto Place Suite Hotel, The Delta and Best Western Baron Hotel in Bells Corners. You can find them listed on our Ottawa Hotels Guide...
Wading Pools & Outdoor Pools & Splash Pads
- Ottawa has over 50 public wading pools, open free
for kids during the summer from the end of June to the end of August.
For a complete listing of wading pools, click
- There are also nine public outdoor pools open in the
summer. For a complete list,
- Ottawa also maintains numerous splash pads (outdoor water parks)
for kids all summer long. For a complete list, click
Centre Outdoor Pool
- In Gatineau, there are at least seven public outdoor pools. For
a complete list, click
here. Access to the city's outdoor pools is free.
- Gatineau also has several outdoor wading
pools and water
Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Installations / Repairs
More swimming links & info
Swimming, Diving and Synchro Clubs