Beaches

Covid-19 Notice

The Township of North Kawartha is taking actions to help protect the health of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the Township website’s COVID-19 page to stay informed of additional closures/changes to Township services, amenities, and programs.

To ensure public safety, and be in compliance with Peterborough Public Health recommendations and Provincial Government orders that came into effect at 12:01 am on Saturday, April 03, 2021 (amended April 08th and April 17th), the Township must continue to keep closed the North KawarthaWilson Park, and Glen Alda Community Centres, which means indoor programs and/or services at the Community Centres are currently suspended. This includes the Fitness Centre, the NKCC ice surface, and all other programming.

Ontario’s Stay-at Home order which ended on June 2nd, allows for non-essential travel to resume, but all other public health and workplace measures will remain in place even as Ontario enters Step One of the Roadmap to Re-open, on June 11th. We have re-opened as many of our outdoor facilities as may be allowed, while being in compliance with all regulations and restrictions required under the Provincial re-opening plan and the provincial government announcement of May 20th which amended O. Reg 82/20. As of May 22nd, re-opened outdoor recreation amenities include the tennis & pickleball courts and sports field at Wilson Park. These are in addition to the playgrounds at the Wilson Park and Glen Alda Community Centres, and the boat launches that were already open. The public beaches at Chandos and Quarry Bay re-opened (with restrictions) on June 4th.

If you use the opened amenities, the Township and Public Health Officials remind you:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • In unsupervised areas, User Assumes All Risks and Liability.
  • Physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) must be maintained between anyone who is not from the same household.
  • You must wear a mask (even outdoors) if you cannot maintain physical distancing.
  • Team sports are not allowed.
  • Sports and recreation activities that cannot provide a minimum of 2 metres distancing are not allowed.
  • Maximum group gathering size is 10.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand-sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If parking lot is full or the area is busy, please come back another time.
  • Do not park on the highway.
  • The opened amenities will be patrolled regularly.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

Municipal Beaches 

The Township maintains two municipal beaches, Chandos Beach and Quarry Bay Beach. 

Our beaches are natural beaches and are unsupervised, meaning there are no lifeguards. For the safety and betterment of all users, please adhere to the following:

Please report any deficiencies to 705-656-4445 ext. 252.

The Peterborough Public Health website has lots of valuable information pertaining to swimming and public beaches, including current test results.

Chandos Beach

Chandos Beach
2821 County Road 620, Apsley, ON K0L 1A0
15 minutes north of Apsley

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Chandos Beach Improvements 2017 - 2018

Chandos Beach is a beautiful public access beach that has unfortunately deteriorated over the past 30 years due to increased usage, water levels and erosion.   And due to the Beach’s growing popularity and increased usage in the past few years, the Township has received several requests to restore the beach to its’ previous condition while improving parking, safety and considering future needs, all with minimal impact to the natural environment. 

Therefore, through the Provincial Regulatory Agencies, the Township is performing the following basic improvements which began in 2017.

  • Remove dead and dangerous trees with exposed roots that are creating a safety hazard to the Public. These trees not only created a trip hazard, but also an overhead limb hazard.
  • The planting of new trees. Trees will be planted to not only replace the dead and hazardous trees removed, but additional trees will be planted for several reasons including natural shade.
  • Restore the sand beach frontage that has gradually shrunk to a fraction of the original size.   Restoring the beach to its original size will improve safety, eliminate crowding and provide more space for children to play in the sand. This restoration will also allow for possible future recreation and leisure equipment that will compliment the beach, possibly  picnic or shade shelters, benches, playground equipment or beach volleyball equipment.  However, as with the current plans, future plans must meet regulatory requirements and budget.
  • Move the driveway and create a proper parking lot.  The previous driveway dissected the beach and grassy areas and only allowed parking along the side of the driveway which created an unsafe environment for all, but especially children.  The new driveway runs adjacent to County Rd 620 and leads into a proper parking lot.  The parking area will be separated from the beach area with large limestone rocks.  This will eliminate children running from between parked cars and eliminate crossing the road to access the washrooms and change rooms. This will allow for the safe parking of vehicles and more importantly eliminate the safety hazards that existed with the old driveway and parking.    
  • Proper signage.  In a non-obtrusive fashion, signage will be erected to notify the public of safety guidelines, rules and by-laws, for the betterment of everyone using or visiting this public area.

In summary, the Chandos Beach improvements are aimed at restoring the usable beach area while improving the layout, public safety and overall features naturally.  As an example, the usage of limestone rock as opposed to a fence when separating the parking lot area.  Any trees that will be removed will be replaced and additional trees planted.  The overall restoration will improve public safety and allow for future growth.

Quarry Bay Beach

Quarry Beach Picnic Area

Quarry Bay Beach
1986 Northey's Bay Road, Woodview, ON K0L 3E0
11 km from Highway 28

In addition to the rules listed below, it should also be noted that Quarry Bay Beach is located between privately-owned, waterfront properties. Respect must be shown for these neighbours, and trespassing on these properties is strictly prohibited.  

 

 

 

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