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7 of the Best Pools, Water Parks & Splash Pads in Ottawa

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When the sun is out, sunscreen has been applied and the long summer days are upon us, parents will likely need a few ideas to keep the kids busy while beating the heat. The backyard water table and hose can be fun, but it may not be enough to keep you occupied all summer long. Instead, we’ve rounded up a list of amazing outdoor water play areas in and around the city of Ottawa that will surely have everyone cooling off and having fun.

Millennium Park Splash Pad

Your kids will love the water park feel that the Millennium splash pad has to offer. It’s a large area with plenty for smaller kids and older ones. Everyone will want to gather around the giant bucket dumping water on them! With plenty of parking and green space, plus the adjacent play park, Millennium will keep the family busy for hours. There aren’t many shaded areas though so consider bringing your umbrellas if you want to stay out of the sun. Pack a picnic and plenty of towels to enjoy the day.

Area: Ottawa East
Cost: Free
Open: Until September 11, 2017. Daily from 9 am until 9 pm (sometimes, splash pad locations have varied times.)

More splash pad locations

Windsor Park Wading Pool

There are many wading pools across Ottawa, but we love the shade and space offered at the Windsor Park Wading Pool. Located in Old Ottawa South with huge trees providing shade, it’s an excellent spot for all the kids, younger ones especially since you can keep them out of the sun if need be. Take note that the wading pool isn’t open every day of the week, but also that there is a special event day on July 24 that includes games, arts and crafts and more.

Area: Old Ottawa South
Cost: Free
Open: Runs until August 24. Monday and Friday, 11 am until 6 pm. Closed Tuesday. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday open 12 pm until 7 pm.

Other wading pools

Calypso Water Park 

Canada’s biggest water park is located just East of Ottawa and is now open for the summer. With a wave pool (always a favourite), giant splash area, lazy river and more than 35 water slides, this is an adventure the entire family will love. You can pack a picnic or grab a snack on site. Ticket prices do vary based on height (not age), but also time of day. If you want to save a few dollars, head out later in the day for a ticket discount.

Area: East Ottawa, Limoges
Cost: $35-$42.
Open: Now open until September 4th. 10 am until 5 pm in June. 10 am until 7 pm in July and most of August.

calypospark.com

Andrew Haydon Park

This is the place to go for kids to get hands on and muddy. We love that the splash pad at Andrew Haydon Park isn’t the typical concrete layout. This is all about a tactile experience. The wooden structure will encourage kids to use their imagination while splashing in the water, and mud. Bring a picnic and a change of clothes.

Area: West Ottawa
Cost: Free (paid parking)
Open: until September. 9 am until 9 pm (some splash pads have varying working times)

Brewer Park Splash Pad

Nestled in Old Ottawa South, the Brewer Park Splash Pad is always a fun spot for families. With two levels of splash pad fun, kids will love the water structures that spray, dump and hose everyone. We think it’s not only the amazing water features that entertain the kids, but the giant tube water slide as well. How can you not add this to your summer bucket list?

Area: Old Ottawa South
Cost: Free
Open: Until September. 9 am until 9 pm (some splash pads have their own schedule.)

Brookstreet Hotel Pools

If you want the feel of a resort, head to Brookstreet Hotel. Their luxurious outdoor salt water pool is open to the public via a day pass (as is their indoor pool if the weather isn’t cooperating). We love the feeling of being on a getaway without having to leave the city. There is poolside beverage and food service available too.

Area: West Ottawa
Cost: Day passes available for kids and adults, $5-$16
Open: Open in June until end of season. Seven days a week. Times vary according to the day.

brookstreethotel.com

Mont Cascades Water Park

Only about 20 minutes away from Downtown Ottawa, you’ll discover Cantely, Quebec and Mont Cascades Water Park. We love the water slides for every family member, including little ones who are just getting their feet wet. We appreciate that the pools and slides are heated. Bring your own picnic to enjoy in the picnic area or enjoy a bite from the snack bar or pub restaurant.

Area: Cantley, QC
Cost: $20-$23 (when purchased online)
Open: Opened June 10th. Monday – Friday, 10 am until 5 pm

montcascades.ca

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