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 City of Pickering is committed to preserving the unique character of its waterfront, and most recently has announced its efforts to pursue opportunities to buy the bay and return the treasured asset back into public ownership. Read more about Protecting Frenchman's Bay.


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: