People playing at Chippewa BeachLooking for a beach or splash pad for the family during the hot weather? There are many options for everyone to cool off in the summer months across Thunder Bay. You can also visit one of the local outdoor swimming pools for more swimming options.


Lakes are a great, free way to cool off during the warm summer months. However, lakes can contain bacteria which may make swimming unsafe for residents. Regular water quality checks are done to ensure swimming is safe. Please check the Thunder Bay District Health Unit website for the most up-to-date water quality status of this swimming area.

Boulevard Lake

Supervised beach

Because of the ongoing Provincially mandated closure of our recreation programs and facilities, we do not have an opening date for our summer beaches.  The website will  be updated once we have more information. Please note that summer programs and services are subject to change pending the COVID-19 pandemic.


Supervision of the Main Beach takes place from TBD. All swims at Boulevard Lake are free for the general public.

Location: at 400 Lyon Blvd. West (north end of Algoma Street)

Hours of operation: Monday - Sunday, from 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Unsupervised beaches

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.

Chippewa Park

Supervised beach

Sunday Beach is now unsupervised until next summer.


Supervision of Sandy Beach takes place from June 25th to August 31st. All swims at Sandy Beach are free for the general public.

Location: Sandy Beach Road off City Road

Hours of operation: Monday - Sunday, from 11:30 am - 6:30 pm


Unsupervised beach

Chippewa Park also offers unsupervised swimming at the Main Beach.

Splash pads

Splash pads are a great way to cool off and get exercise in the summer months and are free to people of all ages.

The splash pads at County Park, Franklin Street, and North End are now open for the season. 

Operation of the splash pads must be in accordance with Provincial COVID-19 guidelines, which include limiting the number of users on the splash pad to allow for physical distancing, hourly sanitizing of common touch points, and hand sanitization prior to use. 

Users of the splash pads and surrounding Parks space are responsible for following the guidelines, including physical distancing and group size restrictions. Rules of operation will be clearly posted at the sites, and staff will be available to provide direction and clarification.

Learn more the proposed splash pad at Northwood Playfield.

County Park

Girl at County Park Splash PadLocation: County Park Splash Pad is located in the city's north end on County Park Blvd. The nearest major intersection is Dawson Road & East Ave.

Hours of operation: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 12 pm to 7 pm, from June to September (weather permitting)

Franklin Street

Boy at Franklin Street Splash PadLocation: Franklin Street Splash Pad is located in the city's south end at the corner of Franklin Street and Miles Street (215 Franklin St. North). The nearest major intersection is Victoria & Franklin.

Hours of operation: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 12 pm to 7 pm, from June to September (weather permitting)

Note that the splash pad cycles off for 15 minutes periodically throughout the day to allow the pad to drain. 

Marina Park

People playing at Marina Park Splash PadLocation: Marina Park's Splash Pad is located at the foot of Red River Road, adjacent to the Water Garden Pavilion in Prince Arthur's Landing at Marina Park.

Hours of operation: Currently closed

For more information on the splash pad, call the Water Garden Pavilion at 684-2080.

North End Park

Kids playing at North End Park Splash PadLocation: North End Park, 954 Huron Avenue.

Hours of operation: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 12 pm to 7 pm, from June to September (weather permitting)


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