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Mooney’s Bay Park, Ottawa

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Mooney's Bay Park is a public park in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on the Rideau River. Its main entrance is on Riverside Drive, opposite Ridgewood Avenue, but can also be accessed from Hog's Back Road.


Mooney's Bay Park has a beach, picnic areas, a children's playground, the Sue Holloway Fitness Park, and is the site of the Terry Fox Stadium. Located at 2960 Riverside Drive, year-round activities are available such as swimming in the waters of the Rideau River, biking along paths that can take riders as far as the downtown core, and cross country skiing. A ski school is available, as are indoor change rooms. Since 2012, like all city parks and beaches, Mooney's Bay Park is regulated by a bylaw which prohibits smoking on the entire beach and park property.
In the summer, Mooney's Bay Beach is one of the City of Ottawa's four supervised beaches. The city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department set up a swimming area, which is supervised by trained lifeguards from 12pm-7pm each day, from the third week in June until the third week in August. From mid-May until early September, volleyball nets can be rented per hour or for the day and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) can be rented by the hour. This can be done from beach and lifeguard staff. After rainfalls, swimming is often prohibited due to excessive bacteria. The City of Ottawa posts water quality results on its websites and signs are posted when swimming is unsafe.


Many wedding parties have their photos taken by the arched wooden bridges with weeping willows as a backdrop in the spring and summer months. Mooney's Bay is also home to Pirate Adventures, an interactive pirate-theatre cruise. Baja Burger Shack is a licensed bar and grill at Mooney's Bay. Mooney's Bay Park has been adopted by the Omicron-Pi Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
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  • I could not find a stand alone place to review this. It is located in Mooney's Bay. It was such a great place to take the kids 3 and 5 years old. The pirates are great and entertaining. A must...  more »
  • I walked through the park in October, and even though this was well past swimming season, there were still a fair number of folks out and about, enjoying the park on a fine fall afternoon. If you're.....  more »
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  • Excellent service Good experience in full relocation! From renting a track, renting a warehouse and then renting a track again! Everything went well and comfortable! High quality service by a team of professionals, from regular staff and managers with a flexible customer relationship spirit! Especially active and attentive Melina and kind and caring Carolyn! Everything was great and awesome than great! Great customer service U-Hall will be my first and last choice!
  • It's a lovely beach. The sand is not full of rocks. There are lifeguards on duty, so safety is first. The parking requires that you pay, which is a downside. But those fees go towards paying the lifeguards, so I'm fine with it. A great place for a family to spend some time, or for teenagers to pose for over 30 minutes trying to get the perfect picture (true story).
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