Wellington Rotary Beach
Wellington Rotary Beach is a stony beach with a boardwalk that’s popular with walkers and cyclists. Amenities include washrooms, picnic tables, benches, a pavilion, and a boat launch.
An entrance fee of $10 per person is charged on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from the May long weekend until Labour Day. This fee is also collected seven days a week in July and August. These fees help off-set the costs of managing visitor volumes and parking, as well as keeping the beach and washrooms cleaned.
The beach will close when it reaches capacity. Closure notices will be posted on TheCounty.ca.
Beach-goers are welcome to bring their own food, but must leave alcohol and any cooking devices at home. BBQs of all kinds and open flame are not permitted at the beach. Paid entry does not include “in-and-out” privileges. There are two food vendor on site, offering pizza, fries, coffee, cold drinks, ice cream and baked goods.
When is the beach open?
The beach is open daily from 7 am – 9 pm. Please be a good neighbour and keep noise to a minimum at early and late hours.
The municipality may close the beach for safety reasons or when it reaches capacity. During the peak summer months, the beach closes regularly when it is at capacity. Follow The County on Twitter and Facebook for beach closure notices.
Is there parking?
Yes, there is parking at the beach. If the lot is full, visitors can park at 111 Belleville Street.
Are there washrooms?
What amenities are available at the beach?
The beach offers washrooms, change rooms, picnic tables, parking, designated barrier-free parking, and a boat launch. (The boat launch is closed on weekends and holidays from 9-5 p.m. due to beach traffic.)
Is barbecuing permitted?
Is it safe to swim in the channel?
No. Boats use the channel to access the lake. In addition, water currents in the channel may make swimming unsafe.
Is there a family restaurant nearby?
The County’s official tourism website offers a list of restaurants in Prince Edward County.
Are dogs allowed on the beach? Can my dog be off-leash?
Dogs are permitted as long as they are under control by their owners. Your dog is not permitted to be off-leash.
Is alcohol permitted?
Is there a lifeguard?
Is overnight camping permitted?
No. Erecting a tent or having an RV parked at the beach past 9 p.m. may result in a ticket. Here is a listing of campgrounds in Prince Edward County. Please note that illegal camping carries a fine of $500.
Is the water safe for swimming?
Wellington Rotary Beach is stony and some users may find it difficult to enter the water. High waves can also result from high winds. Please be safe, as there is no lifeguard on duty.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) tests the water at the beach from the middle of May until the end of August. Beach postings occur when water is contaminated with bacteria that are potentially harmful to the health of swimmers. A beach may also be posted because of floating debris, oil, scum, or excessive weed/algae growth.
For current beach information, call HPEPH’s automated beach info-line at 613.966.5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 652.