Ottawa is a city best known for its history and culture, rather than as a beach destination. Therefore, spending time on the beach is possibly not your first thought if you visit this place. However, there are some amazing beaches in this city, so you should try to include a few in your vacation itinerary. To help you plan your trip, here is a traveler’s guide to Ottawa beaches.
According to Cansumer, the best beach to visit in Ottawa is Westboro Beach. It is located within the city and is the most popular beach among locals and tourists. Westboro Beach is open year-round and there are lifeguards on duty from 12 noon to 7 p.m. It is a busy beach that has activities to enjoy, and there is a bike path that runs along the beach. If you are hungry while on the beach, you will find multiple places to eat along the shore. One of the best options is the Westbrook Beach Yacht Club cafeteria.
Mooney’s Bay Beach
If you visit Ottawa during the summer months, a popular spot is Mooney’s Bay Beach, which is open from mid-June to mid-August. There is a nice stretch of golden sand along the river at this beach, and it is popular with families who enjoy using the beach for sports like volleyball. There is also a small playground on the beach for younger children to enjoy. The bathing area is guarded and is a lovely place to stroll.
Narcity lists Brittania Beach as one of the best beaches to spend time in Ottawa. It is another beach that you can access without leaving the city, and it has picnic tables and barbecue grills. There are free restrooms and water fountains on this beach, and there is a free-to-use volleyball net. While on this beach, enjoy an ice cream from The Beachconers ice cream parlor.
Mille Roches Beach
Although Mille Roches Beach is an hour from Ottawa, it is a popular day trip from the city. It is located along the St. Lawrence Seaway and is open throughout the summer. Not only can you spend time on the beach, but you can also take yourself to the water as it is possible to rent boats and kayaks. Other facilities on the beach include changing rooms, a picnic area, a playground, and an island-themed snack bar.
Lake Lemay Park
Just outside of Ottawa, in Gatineau, is Lemay Lake Park, which has a family-friendly beach. Between mid-July and early September, there are lifeguards along the shore to supervise them and swimming is allowed. It is a fantastic beach to enjoy family fun, as there are two volleyball courts and a playground. There are also concession stands where you can buy food. The only downside to this beach is that it is often crowded.
Parc du-Lac Beauchamp
If the reason you want to spend time on the beach is to observe nature and enjoy the surroundings instead of playing in the sand, then a good option is the beach at Parc du-Lac Beauchamp. It is on the outskirts of Ottawa and the beach is open all year. There are picnic tables on the beach and visitors can rent barbecues. The beach connects to several trails, making it a good starting point for a walk along the coast. Every July, the beach hosts a sand castle festival.
Lake La Peche in Gatineau Park
The largest lake in Gatineau Park is Lake La Peche, and its beach is popular with locals and tourists throughout the summer. A large area of the beach is dedicated to sunbathing, so it is a good option if you just want to relax. However, you can also have a lot of fun on this beach, as there are canoe rentals and swimming is allowed when lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.
Petrie Island Beaches
Petrie Island’s beaches offer a variety of experiences to suit different tastes. It is a fantastic place to see the local wildlife, there are several water sports to enjoy or you can just relax on the sandy beaches. There are several popular hiking trails around the two beaches, and fishing is allowed at some points. Throughout the summer, there are lifeguards supervising the beach. You can enjoy a picnic on the beach, as there are more than 40 picnic tables, and you can rent volleyball and paddle equipment on the weekends. Near the beaches, there are some great places to grab a bite to eat, like Take Out and Bananas Beach Grill & Rum Shack, says The Culture Trip.
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