Refer to the COVID-19 Recreation & Facilities Page for more information regarding current regulations and restrictions.

Aquatic activities are a great way to stay cool during the hot summer months. The City of Sarnia provides multiple facilities and programming for its citizens to keep families and individuals busy and active during the summer.

Parking is free in all City parks, within the appropriate hours. Those parked overnight may be ticketed.

Unfortunately, we will not be offering our Red Cross Swim Lesson program this summer due to the complexities in offering these sessions during the pandemic. We look forward to the return of these program offerings next season!

Sarnia Beaches

Canatara Beach is 1 of only 27 beaches in Canada to have earned official Blue Flag status for its commitment to adhere to strict water quality and a number of other criteria. It has held this title since 2014. The beach is nearly a kilometer in length, and the space close to the stationed chairs are monitored by trained lifeguards every season. It also features rubber mat walkways to make the beach more accessible to people using wheelchairs or strollers.

Lifeguards will be on duty at Canatara Beach 7 days a week, from 11:30am – 5:00pm as of Saturday, June 19, 2021, through until Sunday, August 29, 2021.

Beaches include:
– Canatara Beach
– Bright’s Grove Beach
– The Cove and more.

Beach Bumz operates out of Canatara Park (beside the lifeguard shack) and at Kenwick Park in Bright’s Grove. They can be contacted in person at each location, by phone at 519-381-7176 / 1-855-383-7433 or on their Facebook page.

Tecumseh Pool & Splash Pad

TECUMSEH POOL AND SPLASHPAD

The Cox Youth Centre opened Saturday, June 5 for FREE splash pad sessions and so far we have welcomed over 400 members of our community, even under reduced capacities, in the first 5 days to cool off in the early summer heat!

Included in Step One of the Roadmap is the opening of outdoor pools, so we look forward to opening the Tecumseh Pool in addition to our Splash Pad this Friday, June 11 pending a successful Lambton Public Health inspection.

Hours of Operation
Effective Saturday, June 5 at the following times:
Saturdays & Sundays:
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
1:00 – 2:30 PM
3:30 – 5:00 PM

Monday through Friday:
3:30 – 5:00 PM
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Effective Monday, June 28 at the following times:
Saturdays & Sundays:
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
1:00 – 2:30 PM
3:30 – 5:00 PM

Monday through Friday:
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
1:00 – 2:30 PM
3:30 – 5:00 PM
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Capacity Limits
Opening the Tecumseh Pool will allow us to increase the capacity of the Centre to 75 including lifeguard staff and parents per free swim / splash session, while still adhering to restrictions limited to permit 2 metre physical distancing and operate under the guidance of Lambton Public Health.

Rules & Regulations
The following guidelines and procedures will be in effect at the Cox Youth Centre to ensure a safe experience for patrons and staff:
– Access to and from the Cox Youth Centre will be through the outdoor gates off the Russell Street parking lot.
– Public may line up (2 metres apart) along the pool access corridor 10 minutes prior to the start of any session.
– Signage will be in place along the access corridor and must be followed.
– Social distancing measures of at least 2 metres between individuals will be in effect at all times.
– Public are to avoid congregating in both the parking lot and outside the gates.
– As per Lambton Public Health guidelines, all participants are encouraged to shower and be dressed accordingly prior to arrival.
– All persons entering the facility will be screened and are asked to sanitize hands upon entrance.
– All persons must sign-in with their full name and provide a telephone number.
– Children 10 and under require adult supervision.
– Standard Admission Policy and swim tests occur for each open swim (when the pool opens).
– The main building and change rooms will be closed to the public except for one gender neutral shower available for showering purposes only.
– The accessible washroom located between the pool and splash pad will be open for public use.
– Following each session, all users must vacate the premises.
– The 30 minutes between each open swim session will allow for required cleaning and sanitizing.
– It is encouraged that users utilize a maximum of one splash session daily.
– Pool toys or lifejackets will not be provided during any sessions.

Staff will monitor and make any necessary adjustments to these guidelines and procedures should it be required.

Canoe & Kayak Launch

The brand new Accessibly Canoe and Kayak Launch was installed in Centennial Park in 2020, and allows citizens of all ages and abilities to launch their canoes or kayaks into the Sarnia Bay and St. Clair River. The launch is entirely free to use, and features an extendable bench seat to assist in getting in and out of a kayak. A floating platform with rollers makes entering and exiting the water much easier. The area includes an “EZ-Dock” that is compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Located beside the Suncor Agora in Centennial Park, straight ahead from Maxwell Street off of Front Street.

By Using the Launch, You Agree to Follow These Rules:
– Recreational Kayaking & Canoeing is permitted from May 1 to October 31.
– There will be no motor vehicle access to the launch.
– Non-motorized watersport equipment only.
– No fishing from the launch.
– No feeding ducks or geese.
– No alcoholic beverages.
– Plan your trip.
– Wear your life jacket.
– Know water conditions and your paddling capabilities.
– Be a good outdoor steward – use garbage/recycling cans provided. Do not disturb plants or wildlife.

Please read any signage posted at the Launch.

Private Rentals
Border Pass operates out of the Andrew S. Brandt Marina at Sarnia Bay. They can be reached at 519-328-3070, and are open 11am-7pm Tuesday-Sunday, weather permitting.

Beach Bumz operates out of Canatara Park (beside the lifeguard shack) and at Kenwick Park in Bright’s Grove. They can be contacted in person at each location, by phone at 519-381-7176 / 1-855-383-7433 or on their Facebook page.

Refer to the Contact Us page to submit an inquiry or report a safety concern, or email parksandrecreation@sarnia.ca.