Petrie Island beaches are operated by the City of Ottawa.
There are two large public beaches on the northeast corner of the island. One is the North Beach or River Beach, the other is the East Bay Beach. Public parking for 320 vehicles is provided (parking fee is $2 for 5 hours, 7:00-18:00, 7 days a week).
- All of the City of Ottawa’s beaches are officially open and supervised between the third week of June and the third week of August.
- The beaches are operated by the City of Ottawa and are supervised by lifeguards from noon to 7 pm, 7 days a week.
- Public washrooms are open Monday to Thursday 10:30 am – 9 PM, Friday to Sunday 10:30 am – 7 PM, between mid-May and September 1.
- Change rooms are available at the same hours, in the pavilion
- Water fountains are in the pavilion and a canteen sells an assortment of food and drinks.
- Shaded picnic area to west of main beach
- Parking costs $2 for 5 hours. Parking fees are in place at Petrie from May 17 to September 1.
- For further information, call the City of Ottawa’s general information line at 311.
Water quality is monitored daily by the City of Ottawa for coliform and e-coli bacteria. For water quality information, call 613-580-2424 ext. 13219 or visit the City of Ottawa website. The information is updated at noon daily, based on the previous day’s water samples. A no-swimming advisory will be issued if bacteria levels are over 200 E. coli per 100 millimetres of water tested or if they are over 100 E. coli per 100 ml of water tested on two or more consecutive days, or if there is 20 mm of rain. The city maintains recent water quality statistics. Further information on the water quality issue.
There is also a sandy beach (supervised by City of Ottawa staff) and picnic area near the interpretation center. It includes more shade trees than the main beach, picnic tables and a shelter. The picnic area is a great place to bring small children during the week.
Gas barbeques are permitted in the picnic area, but not on the main beach. Please, no charcoal hibachis, there is no place to safely dispose of the hot coals. Open fires are not permitted.