Mooney's Bay Park

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Mooney's Bay and the beach in Mooney's Bay Park

Mooney's Bay Park is a public park in Ottawa, 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. It has a beach, picnic areas, a children's playground 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.

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.[1]

From mid May until early September, Volleyball nets can be rented for $15/hr or $50/day and Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUPs) can be rented for $20/hr. This can be done from beach and lifeguard staff.[2]

Mooney's Bay is an ideal location for wedding and family photography. 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.

Beach House Bistro Bar is a licensed bar and grill at Mooney's Bay.[3]

Mooney's Bay is the site of the annual HOPE Beach Volleyball tournament and the annual Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival.

Mooney's Bay Park has been adopted by the Omicron-Pi Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

As of 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.[4]

Mooney's Bay[edit]

The bridge and dam at Hog's Back.

Mooney's Bay is an artificial bay on the Rideau River. The Bay was created during the construction of the Rideau Canal when a dam was built, creating Hog's Back Falls, with canal locks for boats to bypass the falls. This created a widened area of the River, suitable for boating.


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Coordinates: 45°22′06″N 75°41′33″W / 45.36838°N 75.69246°W / 45.36838; -75.69246