Summer Reminders

Summer By-law Enforcement in Effect

Please be mindful of local By-laws when enjoying Pickering’s waterfront areas.

  • Summer enforcement officers are scheduled 9 am to 10 pm every weekend until September 4, 2023.
  • Two uniformed security guards on foot patrol from Paladin Security - Fridays and Saturdays, from 9 pm to 1 am, until Labour Day weekend.
  • Regularly scheduled Parking Enforcement, By-law Enforcement, and Animal Services staff will be available each weekend.  
  • 24/7 security cameras - Beachfront Park and Beachpoint Promenade.
  • Contact Customer Care with questions or concerns at 905.683.7575 or
  • Access DRPS non-emergency line at 1.888.579.1520

Keeping Pickering’s waterfront areas safe for all to enjoy. 

Waterfront Permit Parking

The City of Pickering has launched paid permit parking at all City waterfront parking lots, prohibited parking on one side of waterfront area streets, and introduced on-street permit parking for the opposite side of waterfront area streets. Waterfront permit parking will be in effect from May 1st to October 1st annually. Learn more


  • Setting fireworks off on City property is prohibited. Fireworks are only permitted on private property during statutory holidays, and on the long weekends including statutory holidays. Pickering Fire is reminding you to carefully follow directions on fireworks and remember to always keep a pail of water or hose close by!
  • Fireworks can be dangerous. Only light one firework at a time when flat on the ground – never light a firework in your hand or re-light duds!
  • Pickering Fire is reminding residents to carefully follow the directions on fireworks. And remember, always keep a pail of water or hose close by!
  • Are your pets scared of fireworks? Here are some tips:
    • Stay indoors (close windows and doors)
    • Turn on the radio/TV
    • Place blankets over crates to muffle loud noise
    • Play with them to tire them out
    • Distract your pet with new toys or treats

Summer Public Washroom and Waste Collection Schedule

  • All City outdoor washroom buildings are open, and porta-pottys are in place with servicing Mondays and Fridays.
  • Linton House (on Montgomery Park Road) and Beachfront Park washrooms are open from 9 am to 9 pm, and all other park washrooms are open from 9 am to 10 pm.
  • Additional weekend staff are scheduled to assist with litter picking and garbage collection, with extra support for long-weekends.

Welcome to Pickering's waterfront backyard, the perfect space to escape the city pace. Relax on one of our sandy beaches, or take a stroll through the colourful trails along the shoreline.

Pickering's waterfront provides countless recreational and business opportunities, offers some of the region’s best surfing and kite boarding, and gives residents a place to relax and socialize.


The east side of Frenchman’s Bay is served by Route 101 Bay Ridges (External link) on weekdays during morning and afternoon peak periods with connections to the Pickering GO Station and Pickering Parkway Terminal.  When the Rt 101 is not operating, DRT On Demand (External link) service is available with connections between stops within the zone, Pickering Parkway Terminal and Pickering GO Station. 

The west side of Frenchman’s Bay is served by Route 120 Whites (External link) on weekdays from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Service runs every 30 minutes and stops at Oklahoma Dr. and West Shore Blvd. When the Rt 120 is not operating, overnight On Demand (External link) service is available with connections to the Blue Night Network at Glenanna Rd. and Hwy 2, and between stops within Pickering.

Frenchman's Bay

Frenchman's Bay is one of a series of large coastal wetlands along the north shore of Lake Ontario, home to a diversity of vegetation communities and labelled an Environmentally Significant Area by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Visit the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail website to view waterfront trail maps.

Water Safety

While we appreciate the waterfront right at our doorstep, let’s remember to stay safe. Please note the signage and safety equipment along the waterfront. There is no lifeguard supervision at any of Pickering’s beaches, bays, rivers, or creeks so always be alert and cautious when near the water. The water can be dangerous at times, so be aware of weather conditions, waves, uneven bottom conditions, and objects in the water. Children require direct adult supervision around the water at all times and should not enter the water alone.

View water safety information.

The Durham Region Weekly Beach Report provides information on water safety and beach conditions as monitored by the Region of Durham.

Visit the Pickering Auxiliary Rescue Association for water safety tips and other information.

Every person who operates a motorized boat in Canada must obtain proof of competency.  Visit the Transport Canada website for information about marine safety.

Red Cross Safety Tips: Lifejackets and PFDs

Waterfront Parks

Take a stroll and visit one of our waterfront parks: