Beaches in the National Capital Region officially open for the summer season this weekend.
Lifeguards will be on duty at all four beaches in Ottawa as of this Saturday, depending on the water quality levels. Last year all the beaches were closed to swimmers on the opening day of the season. Environment Canada is forecasting a hot day and there is a chance of rain, which could wash pollutants into the river and affect e. coli levels.
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No-swim advisories are issued when bacteria levels are over 200 e. coli per 100 millimetres of water.
Beaches in Gatineau Park will open for the season this Friday.
Lifeguards will be on duty at O’Brien, Blanchet, Breton, Parent and La Pêche beaches daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Entry fees to beaches at Meech, Philippe and La Pêche lakes in Gatineau Park are $10 per automobile or $65 for a season’s pass.