Westboro Beach is a somewhat smaller beach and park located on NCC property at Kitchissippi Lookout on the Ottawa River.
Westboro beach was originally used by loggers working from the Deschênes Rapids and massive pine rafts could be seen floating down the river; remnants of the Skead’s mill foundation can still be seen on the shoreline near the entrance to the NCC parking area. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that the beach became a recreational area used for swimming and dancing. In the 1960’s The City of Ottawa constructed the current pavilions including change rooms and washrooms to the location. They changed the landscape and transformed the rocky shoreline into a sandy beach. The beach went mostly unused from the 1980’s until 1999, when stairs were built, trees were planted and the Westboro Beach Café was first opened.
The following amenities are available for visitors:
- Westboro Beach Café (Cash Only)
- ATM Onsite
- Change rooms
- Swimming lane
- Free Parking
- Water Sports
- Lifeguards are on duty from noon – 7:00 pm daily from June 17 to August 27, 2017.
A new cafe, the Westboro Beach Cafe, has opened up on the beach, a great place to spend a hazy summer afternoon or watch the sun dip on a warm summer evening.
Westboro Beach Café is easily accessible from the transit way, Trans Canada trail, Ottawa River Parkway, NCC recreational pathway and the Ottawa River.
Check the City of Ottawa water quality readings at the City of Ottawa Daily Beach Water Quality Results page.