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OVTA cites local beaches in effort to draw tourists to Valley News – The beaches at Robert Simpson Park and Burnstown are two of ďŹ ve Ottawa Valley beaches being put in the spotlight in an effort by the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) to attract tourists to the area. “Summer just isn’t summer without a visit to the beach ‌ sand castles, picnics, sunbathers catching some rays and clean cool water inviting you dive right in,â€? says an OVTA news release. “Luckily, for those living in or visiting the Ottawa Valley, there are plenty of beaches to choose from.â€? The OVTA points out that the Upper Ottawa Valley, with its over 900 lakes and four major river systems, boasts an abundant amount of clean, welcoming water. “Beaches offer plenty of affordable recreation opportunities, from swimming to friendly sand castle competitions and beach volleyball. Additionally, almost all of the beaches in the Ottawa Valley are great paddling start off places.â€? Chances are you’re never more than a half-hour drive to a beach when in the Valley, says the OVTA, putting the spotlight on ďŹ ve of its “favourites.â€? ROBERT SIMPSON PARK

The clean, sandy beach is well maintained by the town and, during the summer is supervised daily from noon to 6 p.m. by lifeguards. Also at the park are a playground, splash pad, band-shell, fountain, washrooms and canteen. Nearby are walking trails that follow the Madawaska River. BURNSTOWN BEACH

The beautiful beach is situated on Calabogie

Road along the Madawaska River in McNabBraeside. Burnstown Beach is newly upgraded and offers visitors a large sandy beach, boat launch and rowing area. On shore, there is a play structure, picnic tables, a canteen, change rooms, washrooms and a shaded grass area. LAKE CLEAR BEACH

The beach near Eganville is well known for its crystal clear water. The sand on the beach, about 12 by 60 meters, is white and ďŹ ne, perfect for sandcastles. The smooth lake bed drop-off is gradual and leads to deep, refreshing water. There are no lifeguards on duty at the beach, but there are toilets available for the public. While there, keep a look out for peregrine falcons. BLACK BEAR BEACH

Located on the military base in Petawawa but open to the public, the beach is a large, FILE white sandy beach along the Ottawa River. The beach has both roped and non-roped areas and There is nothing better on a hot summer day than playing on the beach, These trio youngis monitored by a lifeguard. There are two vol- sters definitely agree. leyball courts, a canteen, picnic tables, public washrooms and other sporting equipment avail- The beach is unsupervised. While visiting Pine Waterkeeper and not only helps people ďŹ nd the able to rent. Don’t be surprised if you see wind- Point, keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles. closest beaches, but also lets them know at a surfers or boaters also enjoying the water. But The beach is surrounded by majestic mixed glance what beaches are safe for swimming. The Swim Guide is supported by Waterkeepno fear, this beach is large enough and the river forest with a number of walking trails perfect for a casual afternoon stroll. ers across Canada and the U.S. is wide enough to accommodate everybody. Locally, the Ottawa River Keeper and the PINE POINT FIND A BEACH OVTA are providing up-to-date photos and information on the beach services, water levels The beach in Deep River along the Ottawa People can ďŹ nd the perfect beach no matter and water quality. Visit www.theswimguide. River boasts over 200 meters of white, sandy where they are in the Ottawa Valley with the org, or download the Swim Guide app from the shoreline. The river bed gradually drops off help of the Waterkeeper Swim Guide Project. iTunes store or to an android to check out the for 100 meters followed by an abrupt drop. Swim Guide was created by the Lake Ontario closest beaches.




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