Swimming Prohibited At Petrie Island This Weekend


This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Beat the heat this summer at City of Ottawa outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, splash pads and beaches.

Three of Ottawa’s outdoor beaches are set to open this weekend – Britannia, Westboro and Mooney’s Bay – but high water has delayed the preparation of Petrie Island beach. The Petrie site will be open to host Carivibe this weekend but a ‘No Swim’ advisory remains in place until beach repairs can be completed. Lifeguards will not be supervising swim areas at Petrie Island beach until it opens.


Lifeguards will be on duty at Ottawa’s supervised beaches every day beginning Saturday, June 17 until Sunday, August 27, from noon to 7 p.m. Refer to ottawa.ca for beach locations, descriptions, amenities and recreational programs offered.

Ottawa Public Health monitors recreational water quality seven days a week at the City’s supervised beaches. Daily water quality results will be available at ottawapublichealth.ca, via Twitter at @ottawahealth or by calling 613-580-2424 ext. 13219.

If high levels of bacteria are found, a no-swim advisory is issued and tweeted (@ottawahealth). Site signage and flags at each beach will also indicate whether a no-swim advisory is in effect.

Occasionally a no swim advisory will be issued following a heavy rainfall. Surface run off from waste and other surface contaminants can potentially raise e coli levels in the water after high rain fall amounts.

Please be sure to follow water safety rules and practice sun safety.

Smoking and vaping are prohibited on all City properties including beaches.

Outdoor pools

Most outdoor pools will open June 17, depending on location.

Wading pools

Wading pools will open June 29 or July 4, depending on location. Each wading pool will also host a free special event during the summer. For site specific schedule information please visit ottawa.ca.

Splash pads

Splash pads are now open and will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through to September. Please contact 3-1-1 to report a splash pad that is not working.


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