Ottawa Valley Beaches
The Ottawa Valley boasts an abundant amount of clean, welcoming water. Cradled between the Ottawa River and Algonquin Park, the Valley is home to over 900 lakes and 4 major river systems. Beaches offer plenty of affordable recreation opportunities, from swimming to friendly sand castle competitions and beach volleyball. Additionally, almost all of the beaches in the Ottawa Valley off a great opportunity to launch your canoe, kayak or SUP.
You can find the perfect beach no matter where you are in the Ottawa Valley with the help of the Waterkeeper Swim Guide Project. Swim Guide was created by the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and not only helps you find the closest beaches, but also lets you know at a glance which beaches are safe for swimming. The Swim Guide is supported by Waterkeepers across Canada and the USA. Locally, the Ottawa River Keeper and the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association are providing up-to-date photos and information on the beach services, water levels and water quality. Visitwww.theswimguide.org, or download the Swim Guide app from the iTunes or Google App store to check out the beaches closest to you.
Chances are you’re never more than a half hour drive to a beach when in the Valley. While there are too many beaches to mention in the Ottawa Valley (over 45 and still counting!), here are five favourites:
Robert Simpson Park, Arnprior
Robert Simpson Park in Arnprior is located where the Ottawa River and the Madawaska River meet. The clean, sandy beach is well maintained by the town and, during the summer, is supervised daily from 12 pm – 6pm by lifeguards. Also at the park are a playground, splash pad, band-shell, fountain, washrooms and canteen. Nearby are walking trails that follow the Madawaska River.
Burnstown Beach, McNab/Braeside Township, Calabogie Road
Burnstown Beach is a beautiful beach and a short 35 minute drive from Ottawa. It is situated along the Madawaska River in the community of McNab/Braeside. Burnstown Beach is newly upgraded and offers visitors a large sandy beach, boat launch and rowing area. On shore, there is a play structure, picnic tables, a canteen, change rooms, washrooms and a shaded grass area.
Lake Clear Beach, Eganville
Lake Clear Beach is well known for its crystal clear water. The sand on the beach, approximately 12 meters by 60 meters, is white and fine…perfect for sandcastles! The smooth lake bed drop off is gradual and leads to deep, refreshing water. This is an unsupervised public beach with toilets available for the public. While there, keep a look out for peregrine falcons!
Petawawa Point, Petawawa
Petawawa Point, located at the junction of the Petawawa and Ottawa rivers, is Petawawa’ premiere waterfront park. Sandy beaches, stunning vistas, a boat launch, snack bar and canoe/kayak/tandem kayak rentals are all available at "the Point" during the summer season. This beach is unsupervised, but it cleaned and monitored daily by municipal staff. Don’t be surprised if you see wind-surfers or boaters also enjoying the water. But no fear, this beach is large enough and the river is wide enough to accommodate everybody.
Pine Point, Deep River
Pine Point Beach in Deep River is a true gem of the Ottawa Valley. Situated along the Ottawa River in Deep River, the beach boasts over 200 meters of white, sandy shoreline. The river bed gradually drops off for 100 meters followed by an abrupt drop. The beach is unsupervised. While visiting Pine Point, keep your eyes peeled for bald eagle! The beach is surrounded by majestic mixed forest with a number of walking trails perfect for a casual afternoon stroll.
Summer is blowing through quickly! Be sure to take advantage of the many breathtaking and accessible beaches found within the Ottawa Valley. Come on in…the water’s fine!
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