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.

Beaches

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

Supervision of the Main Beach takes place from June 29 to August 31. 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 11:30 am - 6:30 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

Supervision of the Main Beach takes place from June 30 to August 31. All swims at Sandy Beach are free for the general public.

Location: Sandy Beach Road off City Road

Hours of operation:

Wednesday - Sunday, from 11:30 am - 6:30 pm,

Mondays and Tuesdays the Beach is unsupervised.

 

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.

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 11 am - 8 pm from June to September (weather depending)

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 11 am to 8 pm from June to September (weather depending).

Note that the splash pad cycles off for 15 minutes periodically throughout the day to allow the pad to drain. "Off times" are from 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm and 5:30 pm - 6 pm.

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: Open 11 am - 9 pm from June to September (weather depending)

North End Park

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

Hours of operation: Open 11 am - 8 pm from June to September (weather depending)

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