|Parks and Waterfront|
The Town of Petawawa is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and scenic backdrops. Located at the intersection of the Petawawa and Ottawa rivers, two world-famous and historically significant routes, the Town of Petawawa is an outdoorsman's dream. From whitewater to flatwater paddling, fishing, swimming at municipal beaches, eco-touring, etc., Petawawa's waterfronts offer something for everyone. The Town also boasts a wealth of parks and trails within its limits including Centennial Park, Civic Centre Park, the Emerald Necklace Trail System, Petawawa Terrace Provincial Park, Barron Canyon Provincial Park and numerous neighbourhood parks located throughout town. To see all that there is to enjoy in our great outdoors, visit: www.guidetooutside.ca
Civic Centre Park
The Petawawa Civic Centre, centrally located within the Town of Petawawa, is known as the heart of the sporting community. The Civic Centre offers three slo-pitch diamonds, three soccer fields, Civitan Playland, a bike park/pump track, splash pad, mini-putt, concession facility including outdoor bar/patio, batting cages and much more.
Civic Centre Park is open dawn until 11pm
Mini Putt opens the Victoria Day long weekend in May and closes the third weekend in September. Hours of Operation:
May-June and Sept 6-9pm Mon-Fri, 11am-9pm Sat. & Sun. July-Aug. open daily 11am- 9pm
The Splash Pad is open June-September, 7 days a week 8am-8pm. Please read and understand the Splash Pad's Rules of Use before using it.
For Splash Pad conditions please visit the Outdoor Notices section.
Construction Yard- Bike Park
The Construction Yard offers off-road cycle enthusiast a variety of riding experiences professionally designed by Jay Hoots Inc. Featuring beginner course, skills area, multi-level jumps, pump tracks and wall ride. This park had been designed to offer riders progression in their riding experience while using the park.
For current Bike Park conditions click here
Scentral Bark Park
Scentral Bark Park is a leash free dog park. It is located in the "back 40" of the Civic Centre property. This park offers a blend of open space and treed forest providing dogs and area to run and dog owners an area to seek shade and protection from the elements. The entire area is fenced for security. Scentral Bark Park users are reminded of the rule for use of the park (see link below).
All dogs must have a Park Tag for entry. Park Tags can be purchased through Town of Petawawa Municipal Office (1111 Victoria St.) or through Town of Petawawa Parks and Recreation Office at the Civic Centre (16 Civic Centre Rd.). Please note owner's must be in possession of municipal dog tag to obtain a Park Tag.
Centennial Park is the jewel of the Petawawa park system. Known by locals as the Catwalk, Centennial Park offers scenic backdrops, a beach for swimming, a bandstand, gazebo and prayer station, making it a perfect spot for hosting an outdoor wedding ceremony or wedding photos. The Millenium Trail cuts through the park from its entrances located at Park Ave. and Victoria St. The Park has ample parking available off of the Park Ave. entrance. To reserve the park for your special event call 613-687-5678 ext. 2101.
The Town of Petawawa owns and operates a number of community and neighborhood parks located throughout town. Residents in most neighborhoods have the opportunity to walk to a local park to enjoy its facilities and amenities. A full listing of neighborhood/community parks in Petawawa and their locations are available below:
The Town of Petawawa operates an outdoor rink facility complete with boards, lights, change rooms and even a vintage Zamboni to keep the ice surface smooth and playable. The rink is located adjacent to Pineridge Park off of Pineridge Crescent just in behind the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Detachment. The rink is open 7 days per week from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm daily. The operating season runs approximately from January 1 to the middle of March. Of course, operation of the outdoor rink is weather dependent. Please see Outdoor Program Notices on the home page for up-to-date info regarding the opening and closing of the rink.
Petawawa Point, located at the junction of the Petawawa and Ottawa rivers, is Petawawa's premiere waterfront park. Sandy beaches, stunning vistas, a boat launch, snack bar and canoe/kayak/tandem kayak rentals are all available at "the Point" during the summer season. Rental rates and conditions are included below. The boat launch is a concrete launch fitting for small craft launching and comes complete with docking slips to ease your put-in and take-out needs.
Centennial park offers a sandy unsupervised beach for your family enjoyment. Complete with a washroom facility, picnic areas, play equipment and many shaded areas, this waterfront park is a great family destination on a hot summer day.
The Town of Petawawa operates two municipal boat launches located on each of the Petawawa and Ottawa rivers. The Petawawa River boat launch is located in Black Bay on Rantz Rd. and the Ottawa River launch is located at the Petawawa Point Park. The launch facilities will accommodate small motorized craft as wellas canoes, kayaks, etc. For locations, please see the Park Map above.
Kayak and Canoe Put-Ins & Take-Outs
Whitewater and flatwater enthusiasts can enjoy the world-class and scenic opportunities available in Petawawa. The Petawawa River offers a series of challenging whitewater sections with Class 3 and 4 spring-run rapids at various locations along the river. For the competitior out there, the Hell or High Water event held each spring offers a challenging competitive twist to running the Petawawa. The Ottawa River, with its hundreds of islands and rocky shores offers flatwater paddlers a host of destinations. Whether you are interested in a day paddle or multi-day expedition, the Ottawa River will provide endless adventure all season long. Put-in and take-out locations are listed below: