This is the big weekend for beach openings in Ottawa with both the City of Ottawa and the NCC officially opening their beaches for the season and … it’s just in time for more rain!
NCC Beaches Open
As of today the NCC’s beaches in Gatineau Park are open for business. Open today are:
- O’Brien and Blanchet Beaches at Meech Lake,
- Breton and Parent Beaches at Lac Philippe, and
- the beach at Lac LaPêche
The opening of Leamy Lake beach has been delayed until a later date, due to the current high water levels. The NCC asks residents and visitors to stay off the beach until the official opening, which will be announced as soon as the conditions are safe. Leamy Lake Park and picnic area is open to the public, and so are the pathways.
City of Ottawa Beaches Open Tomorrow
Starting this Saturday the City of Ottawa’s Britannia, Westboro and Mooney’s Bay beaches will be open and staffed with lifeguards on duty from noon to 7 p.m every day. Public outdoor pools will also begin opening for the summer. You can find a list here.
Not on the list of open beaches will be Petrie Island, where persistently high bacteria counts are keeping the beaches closed. You can check the water conditions yourself at the City of Ottawa Daily Beach Water Quality Results page.
Petrie Island Lives Up to it’s Name
The Petrie site will be open to host Carivibe this weekend but a no swim advisory remains in place until cleanup of the beach can be completed. Lifeguards will not be supervising swim areas at Petrie Island beach until it opens, the city said. Orléans Coun. Bob Monette said the city has ensured the causeway to the island is safe, and the sand on the beach is not contaminated.
“There will be some other work that will have to be done after the festival, but where the festival will be is the east beach, where it is every year. And city staff have ensured that everything is in order to go ahead with another successful festival,” he said.
Heat and Rain In the Forecast
Unfortunately the beach openings will be greeted by rain for the first few days. While hot on Saturday, the forecast calls for 15-25mm of rain on the weekend before a few nice days roll around to start next week: