Category Archives: Wading Pool

Wading Pool Opening – June 24

The wading pool will be opening almost as usual this summer. The main change is the pool supervisor may require booking 30 minute sessions (on site) to keep the number of swimmers under the capacity limit. See for hours and other details.

[Wading Pool Photo]

The Ottawa River & Remic Beach

Subject: The Ottawa River & Remic Beach
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2020 02:58:40 +0000 (UTC)
From: Dan Wilcock <>

With many of us turning to activities close to home this year, there has been an increase in recreational activity along the Ottawa River, including at our local spot, Remic Beach. If you have been wondering about your options and the quality of the water, there are a number of relevant resources available.

[Water Samples from Remic Beach]

City of Ottawa Supervised Beaches

During summer, the City of Ottawa collects water samples daily from its supervised municipal beaches, including Westboro Beach, and tests for the presence of E.coli bacteria. Water samples will be collected between June 27 and August 30, 2020. For water sampling results at supervised beaches, please visit the City’s page:

Swim Guide – Remic Beach page

Swim Guide publishes water quality information for a wide variety of locations. Remic Beach has a separate page on Swim Guide, showing results of E.coli testing, supported by Ottawa Riverkeeper. However, the frequency of testing differs from the City of Ottawa and the results are only a likely representation of water quality. Relevant status updates and information can be found here:

Plage Remic Beach – ORK | Swim Guide

[Remic Beach at the end of Carleton Avenue in July 2020]

Water Rangers

With support from the Water Rangers program, the Champlain Park community has also been monitoring other water health parameters in the Ottawa River such as temperature, clarity, pH, hardness, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen and conductivity. Regular testing is establishing baseline data, allowing more meaningful long-term observations of our river’s health. Water quality results are available at:

Dan Wilcock is a member of Riverkeeper’s riverwatcher network and is leading local water quality monitoring. For any questions contact Dan at Please report any pollution concerns to Ottawa Riverkeeper’s Pollution Hotline at 1-888-9KEEPER.

Additional information about locations and activities on our reach of the river is available here:

However you choose to play along the Ottawa River, please stay alert for hazards such as currents, deadheads and changing water levels – and remember to use appropriate safety equipment such as personal flotation devices. Stay safe and have fun!

Wading Pool Opening – July 13

The wading pool will be opening almost as usual this summer. Besides the late start, the other big change is social distancing. See for the details.

[Wading Pool Photo]

Playground Flooding Warning

Champlain Park is constructed on part of the Ottawa River’s old flood plain. This can affect the rate of storm water drainage during heavy rains. Therefore, we suggest that our residents also exercise caution around the wading pool, play structure and in any low-lying areas.

General flood info and current status:


Water pooling and flooding creates hazard at some City parks

April 17, 2019 Announcements and Events

The City of Ottawa is asking residents to ensure that children and pets are kept away from City wading pools and play structures in parks located near a river.
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Wading Pool Opening Soon – July 3

It’s Getting Close to Pool Time!

Wading pools will open for the season starting on July 3, 2018 (weather dependent) and run until August 28. It’s usually open noonish until around dinner time, closed on Wednesdays. The city’s Wading Pool Information Page has more information and a map. The opening of wading pools is dependent on the weather. If the weather looks uncertain, call the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590 to find out if the wading pool is open that day.

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Re: Repaired Park Benches!

New boards on the picnic tables.

On 2018-05-15 08:52 PM, Heather Pearl wrote:

Hi neighbours. This note is an update to Alex’s message regarding the new / refurbished park benches and picnic tables. This truly was a successful team effort, led by Champlain Park resident Dominique Simoneau-Ritchie. Dominique was ably and enthusiastically assisted by residents Alex Smith and Carol Arnason, and Fiona Mitchell, who is Jeff Leiper’s Assistant.

As a result of the team effort, we not only have better furniture. Carol Arnason now has a contact in the City’s Public Works Department. Carol hopes to benefit Park users by fostering this relationship with Public Works, but she needs your help. As a first step, she would like to meet with neighbours who use the play area and pool during the summer. One goal is to involve residents in helping to maintain a safe, clean Park for their kids. Please be in touch.

Carol can be reached at

Thank you,

Repaired Park Benches!

I see that we have some repaired park benches, with new wood replacing the older splintered boards. There’s a bit of a story behind that…

Our community association co-chair had noticed that the benches were getting worn out, with splintered or rotting wood in several places. She took some photos last year in May 2017 to document it.

Worn out Bench (they all look like this). Though this one has one more recent beam in the back rest. Note the partial coverage of the back rest, which can be uncomfortable for some people. In May 2017.

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Wading Pool Opens July 4


The Champlain Park wading pool schedule is:

Season July 4, 2017 to August 28, 2017

Monday 11 am to 6 pm
Tuesday Noon to 7 pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Noon to 7 pm
Friday 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday Noon to 5 pm
Sunday Noon to 5 pm


Wading Pool Opening – June 30

The wading pool will be opening on June 30th (weather permitting). See for the hours and other information.


Wading Pool Special Event – Tuesday July 22

Vanessa (one of the city staff at the park) has an update: The special event has been rescheduled to Tuesday July 22 because of the weather on last Tuesday. The theme is space and there will be lots of activities … Continue reading