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Boulevard Lake Swimming & Boating

NOTE: The anticipated renovations to the dam at Boulevard Lake will not begin in 2017.  Recreational activities are expected to continue unaffected again this year. Please watch this page for further information on the progress of the project.

Boulevard Lake in the Fall

Boulevard Lake is a scenic reservoir and recreation area in the City's north end, surrounded by picnic areas and easy trails. You can find more information about the area on our Boulevard Lake Park webpage. 

Boulevard Lake's Lakeview Beach, located at 400 Lyon Blvd. West (north end of Algoma Street) offers supervised swimming during the summer months (June 30 to Aug. 31). Boulevard Lake also features two unsupervised swimming areas: Sandy Cove, located off Lyon Blvd. West, north of Lakeview Beach; and Sunny Side Beach off Lyon Blvd. East. Contact number for swimming information is 345-7261.

Hours of Operation

Supervision of the Main Beach is now over.  It will commence again for the June of 2018.

June 30 to Aug. 7 Sunday to Saturday - 12 pm  to 9 pm

Aug. 7 to Aug. 31 Sunday to Saturday - 12 pm to 6 pm

All swims at Boulevard Lake are free for the general public.

Please note: swimming at outdoor lakes is subject to the elements. Regular water quality checks are done to ensure swimming is safe for patrons. Please check the Thunder Bay District Health Unit website for the most up-to-date water quality status of this swimming area. If the lake is closed to swimming, an announcement will be posted under "News, Advisories, Reports" on the TBDHU homepage.

Family of Dragons Festival: Boulevard Lake is the location of the Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Festival. Watch for news about 2017 events. For more information check


Program  Day  Location  Time  Fee  Additional Materials 
Waterfront NLS  TBA  Boulevard Lake  5:30 - 9:30 pm  $67.84  N/A 



Boulevard Lake has pedal boats available for rent during supervised hours of operation. The cost of renting water craft is $15 per hour. Lifejackets, and safety equipment are provided. Ask the lifeguards on duty or call the facility (345-7261) for more details.

Within Arm's Reach - WATER SAFETY

WHY? - Drownings are preventable.

  • Drownings involving toddlers can be prevented if parents or caregivers are within arm's reach of their children when they are near water. Designate a backyard pool lifeguard. An adult should always supervise whenever children are using a pool – in-ground, above ground or wading pool. If you must be absent for a moment, designate another adult to replace you or close the pool until someone can assume supervisory duties.
  • Stay tub-side until all the water is drained and you have removed your children from the tub. Most bathtub drownings occur because youngsters were left alone for “just a moment”.
  • Drain bathtubs when they are not in use. Empty unattended wading pools and buckets of water and turn them over.
  • Put lifejackets on children who can’t swim when they’re at the beach or pool. Lifejackets must be worn by children in any watercraft.
  • Be vigilant. Many children who drown do so because parents or caregivers lose sight of them for a very short period of time. Be within arm's reach of your child.

Drowning is a silent killer

Drowning victims rarely call or wave or signal for help because they can’t keep their head or arms above water. Even when they manage to get their head above water, inhaling air – not calling for help – is their priority.

Drowning happens in seconds

Drowning can take as little as 10 seconds and occurs in just inches of water…in bathtubs, wading pools, and wells, even buckets. Never leave a child alone near the water. Don’t be distracted by a ringing phone, a doorbell or another child.

Drowning is a big problem in Canada

Almost 500 Canadians drown each year, and children under 5 are at high risk. In fact, drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for children under 10 years of age. Most toddlers who drown, drown in backyard pools. Their natural curiosity combined with an almost magnetic attraction to water means toddlers have a high risk of drowning anytime they are near water – natural or man-made.

Please Be Water Smart This Summer