Renovations to this site are underway and the site is not accessible to the public as of July 15, 2021. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Portsmouth Waterfront Pathway page (https://tinyurl.com/p6vfa2y8) and the map of Kingston parks development projects (https://tinyurl.com/4hxsn8um).
Olympic Harbour Beach is a small stone beach located at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. Originally used to host sailing events for the 1976 Summer Olympics, the harbour continues to host annual Canadian Olympic Regattas (CORK) and other events that attract visitors from around Canada. The beach, located at the west corner of the harbour, is a great spot for swimming, launching a canoe or kayak or just enjoying the view of Lake Ontario. The site is loved by scuba divers who use the beach as a launch point to explore the many shipwrecks in the area, and by dog owners who bring their dogs swimming at the beach. The beach is located on Kingston’s Waterfront Pathway, an 8km trail that runs along the city’s shore, linking multiple sights and water access points throughout the downtown area, and connects to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
. The trail is popular among walkers, joggers and bikers alike, many of whom stop at Olympic Harbour Beach to enjoy the water.
This beach is not monitored by lifeguards. Public washrooms at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour are currently unavailable until further notice. There are no public showers available.
Olympic Harbour Beach is one of three sites monitored by the community water monitoring hub in Kingston. Launched in 2020, the Kingston hub is one of six Swim Drink Fish hubs across the country. It is also a Lake Ontario Waterkeeper project. The hubs aim to grow connections between communities and local waterways by providing access to low-cost and accessible water monitoring tools for citizen scientists. Through monitoring the water, the hub hopes to help inform community decisions about addressing pollution and protecting and restoring the Great Lakes.
You can learn more about the initiative and how to get involved here: https://www.swimdrinkfish.ca/volunteer
This project has been undertaken with financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada.