Under Step One of Ontario’s Reopening Plan, the City is planning the reopening of its outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and beaches this month.

Outdoor deep-water swimming pools open on June 11, 2021. The number of swimmers will be reduced for both public and lane swims and COVID-safety protocols will be in place. Reservations can be made beginning on June 10 at 6pm at ottawa.ca/recreation for a 1-hour session.

Beaches open on June 19, 2021. Mooney’s Bay, Westboro, Britannia and Petrie Island will be open for supervised swimming. Lifeguards will be on duty daily from noon to 7:00 p.m. until August 29. Beach accessible wheelchairs will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ottawa Public Health will conduct regular water quality testing. Check Beach Water Quality Results – Ottawa Public Health for the latest water-quality results and no swimming advisories.

Also, keep our beaches and parks clean by not littering. Dispose of your waste in bins or bring it home to dispose in your green bin or your recycling and garbage bins. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited.

Parking lots for the beaches will be open.  There is a fee for parking at Mooney’s Bay and Petrie Island.  Also, check octranspo.com to help plan your transit route to the parks and beaches.

To further help you and your family stay safe and healthy, the City has worked with Ottawa Public Health to implement COVID-prevention measures, including:

  • Enhanced cleaning measures for beach washrooms
  • Extra comfort stations (portable toilets)
  • Sanitization stations 
  • Exterior hand-washing stations

Some sports activities can resume outdoors. These activities are limited to non-contact training such as drills with a maximum of 10 people including coach and instructors.

Wading pools operated by the City open on June 24. Wading Pool Attendants are on duty during all operating hours to provide safety supervision at the pools. Reservations can be made for 30-minute sessions on site at each wading pool location. Swimmers are only required to exit the pool following their 30-minute session if the subsequent session is fully booked.

Two museums also opening soon. The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum will be offering self-guided outdoor tours starting June 16. Pre-registration through the city’s website is suggested. Billings Estate National Historic Site will offer take-away tea service starting June 19. Stay on site and have a picnic or enjoy your tea at home.