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Beaches and Swimming


Waubuno Beach


April McNamara
Parks & Recreation Manager
Bobby Orr Community Centre
7 Mary Street
Parry Sound, ON P2A 1C8
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T. (705) 746-2701
F. (705) 746-7461
E-mail the Parks & Recreation Manager

Waubuno Beach

Waubuno Beach offers shallow waters with a gentle slope and soft clean sand. The beach also offers:

  • Lifeguard supervision seasonally from July 1 until the Friday before Labour Day weekend.  Please note that the lifeguards are off duty for the remainder of the 2021 season, and that the facility is now unsupervised. 
  • A playground.
  • Beach volleyball courts.
  • Bicycle racks.
  • Snack Shack Canteen - CLOSED.
  • Washrooms and change-rooms open seasonally from May - October.
  • Large sandy beach.

For the safety and betterment of all users, please adhere to the following rules while at Waubuno Beach:

  • No personal watercrafts (including motorized and non-motorized crafts such as kayaks, canoes, SUPs etc.) are permitted on the beach or in the swim area.  Watercrafts may be launched from the boat launch near the Coast Guard Base.
  • No dogs or pets are allowed to swim at the beach.
  • No littering.
  • BBQ's are permitted on the grass only, must be clear of overhead tree branches, and must have a lid to contain flames.

Centennial Beach (Old Town Beach)

Centennial Beach is a small and quiet beach nestled between Sail Parry Sound and the Coast Guard Base, with pedestrian access from the Rotary Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail.

Centennial Beach is unsupervised, meaning there are no lifeguards. For the safety and betterment of all users, please adhere to the following:

  • Swim at your own risk. We highly recommend that all children be supervised, for their safety.
  • No motorized boats (including launching or docking) on the beach.
  • No dogs or pets are allowed to swim at the beach.
  • No littering.

Please note there are no washrooms on site at Centennial Beach. Users can access the washrooms at Waubuno Beach which is a short walk north on the Fitness Trail.

COVID-19 Update

(July 16, 2021) - In accordance with the Province of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen announced on May 20,  certain activities and amenities are permitted to reopen to the public.  As of July 16, 2021, the Province of Ontario has entered Stage 3 of the reopening plan.  For complete restrictions see the Provincial webpage.

The following restrictions are in effect during Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020

What's open in the parks:

  • Baseball diamonds
  • Soccer fields
  • Tennis courts and table tennis
  • Basketball courts
  • Skate park
  • Outdoor fitness equipment
  • Picnic sites and picnic tables
  • Parks are open for the purposes of walking through or using open amenities.
  • Playgrounds, play structures and equipment. Users must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others (other than a person who is a member of the same household, a member of one other household who lives alone, or a caregiver for any member of either household).
  • Off-leash dog park
  • Benches
  • Washrooms are open with limited capacity

How do we stay safe while using outdoor recreational amenities?

Everyone using these outdoor recreational amenities is required to physically distance from anyone who is not in their household. This means staying 2 meters or 6 feet away from other people. If you arrive at a park that is crowded, you should wait until there is enough space to physically distance or return at another time.

Users of the Town of Parry Sound’s parks system are reminded that these areas are available for use at your own risk and are not regularly sanitized. An inherent risk of exposure to communicable diseases including COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

Can we play sports in parks?

Outdoor sports are permitted during Stage 3 under the direction of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

Can I host a fitness class in parks?

Outdoor fitness classes are permitted with restrictions in outdoor spaces. If you are planning on hosting an outdoor fitness class in a public park, please contact the Manager of Parks and Recreation.

Can we host gatherings or events in parks?

Organized gatherings of up to 100 persons outdoors are permitted at this time under the direction of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

If you are interested in hosting an organized event in a park, please contact the Manager of Parks and Recreation.

How are these rules enforced?

Please note that these rules are enforced under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.  Under O. Reg. 8/21: Enforcement of COVID-19 Measures, any provincial offences officer (including police and by-law enforcement) have the authority to issue warnings, fines, and/or prosecution upon persons found in violation of these rules.

For questions regarding the parks and their use, please contact the Manager of Parks and Recreation.

Reopening Safety Plan 2021

The safety of our staff and patrons are the Town of Parry Sound's first priority in offering a waterfront facility to the public.  In accordance with provincial restrictions and recommendations from the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, the Town of Parry Sound has implemented a plan to safely reopen Waubuno Beach in 2021.  To view a copy of the safety plan, click the link below:

Waubuno Beach Reopening Safety Plan 2021

Water Quality Testing

About Water Quality Testing

Water quality is monitored and tested weekly during the bathing season (July 1 - August 31) at Waubuno Beach to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all patrons.  Water quality measurements will be posted here as they become available.

E. Coli measurements are recorded in CFU/100mL (Colony Forming Units per 100mL of water), and reported as a Geometric Mean Concentration.  Water samples are taken at multiple points in the water stretching across the swimming area at Waubuno Beach, so the measurement is reported as an average of all samples taken.

The Government of Canada Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality state that the acceptable geometric mean concentration for fresh recreational waters is less than or equal to 200 CFU/100mL.


Waubuno Beach E. Coli Testing Results
DateSample Result
June 21, 2021 10 CFU/100mL
June 28, 2021 20 CFU/100mL
July 5, 2021 28 CFU/100mL
July 19, 2021 14 CFU/100mL
July 27, 2021 11 CFU/100mL
August 9, 2021 100 CFU/100mL
August 16, 2021 50 CFU/100mL


Waubuno Beach is located at the end of Prospect Street in Parry Sound, Ontario.  There is ample parking available on site, including accessible parking.

If you prefer to bicycle or walk, you can also access Waubuno Beach from the Rotary and Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail.