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Wellington Rotary Beach

Wellington Rotary Beach FAQs

What's New at Wellington Rotary Beach?

Wellington Rotary Beach is a popular spot for walking, cycling, swimming and surfing. During the summer months, The County implements policies and procedures to help manage crowds, improve amenities and keep the beach clean and safe:

  • $10 per person entry fee on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays in May, June, September and October. The $10 admission fee is charged 7 days/week in July and August.
  • The PEC Summer Pass allows residents to access the beach free of charge. 
  • Increasing the number of garbage bins and washroom facilities and enhancing the cleaning schedule as of May 21.  
  • Restricting entry when the beach is at capacity (425 people). A portion of this capacity will be allocated for residents holding the PEC Summer Pass. No reservations, entry is first-come, first-served.
  • Two food trucks will be present at the Beach: Lord & Lady Coffee and Gil’s Mobile Pizza.
  • Prohibiting grills, BBQs and open flame of all kinds for safety reasons.
  • Moving the bulk water hauling station to the Wellington & District Community Centre to address safety/traffic issues.
  • Limiting the launch hours at the Wellington Rotary Beach boat launch. On weekends and holidays from May to September, the ramp is unavailable for launching from 9am to 5pm. (i.e. Boats can exit the water during this time, but cannot be put in.)

Wellington Rotary Beach Frequently Asked Questions

Registration for the  PEC Summer Pass is now closed.

The last day to pick up your pass is August 12.

Passes can be obtained by registering using an online form, or by visiting customer service in-person at the Edward Building (280 Main Street, Picton, K0K 2T0) Proof of residence will be required.

Your PEC Summer Pass is good for free entry to Wellington Rotary Beach when there is controlled/paid entry in effect. The pass also exempts residents from parking fines when parked in designated areas at the end of Bakker Road and on Huyck’s Point Road (County Road 20).

More information about the PEC Summer Pass will be available soon.

Your pass will provide for free entry to the beach for everyone in your group, including non-residents who might be visiting you. You will need at least one pass per car, or per group arriving together on foot. Your pass does not guarantee entry if the beach is full when you arrive.

No. Admission to the beach is first come, first served to a maximum of 425 people. 

A portion of the beach capacity (roughly 30%) will be reserved for pass holders until approximately 1:00 pm to help ensure that pass holders have access to the beach.

Wherever possible, we encourage you to walk, bike, or wheel to the beach!

There are approximately 100 parking spots available at the beach. Beach parking is free and is available on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of whether you are using a pass or have paid for entry.

Note about boat launch parking:  To reduce traffic in the beach area, the boat launch is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays while the beach has paid/controlled admission.  Seasonal boat slip renters will have access to the boat launch parking area during this time to access their boats and slips.

The Wellington Rotary Beach gate will be staffed and admission fees will be charged as of May 21, 2022.

The County will share beach closure notices on our Twitter and Facebook and the Visit The County Facebook and Instagram. The County will also post notices on the News & Notices page of the municipal website.

The County has installed a series of electronic and static signs along Wellington Main Street and busy corridors in the area to advise the public about closures.

No. Please hang onto your pass for repeat use.

No. The pass is yours to keep and to use on any visits to Wellington Rotary Beach in 2022.

Please limit your request to one day pass for yourself. Your friends and relatives should pick up their own passes if they are eligible.

No. We request that you pick up a pass in person. 

Your pass is valid for free entry for your group. You must have at least one pass per car, or per group of people arriving on foot together.

Please remember that space is not guaranteed, and that the beach will close to new admissions when it reaches capacity of 425 people.

The beach gate will be staffed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and 7 days/week in July and August. Within those hours, you’ll need a pass to avoid paying the entry fee. Outside of those hours, you will not need a pass.

Capacity at the beach is controlled during these hours for everyone’s safety, and everyone entering must pay a fee or show a pass, even to walk or cycle through.

The pass does not guarantee entry if the beach is at capacity. 

No. At this time, the municipality does not have a reservation system. Therefore, a day pass is not a guarantee that there will be space at the beach if the beach is at capacity. So please plan to arrive early, or mid-week, to avoid crowds.

From Monday to Friday (except for statutory holidays), the beach gates are left open throughout the day for people to come and go as they please. Beach staff will monitor capacity throughout the day and will step in to manage the gates if required. Sometimes, the beach reaches capacity on weekdays and the gates will be closed.

The gates will be staffed and entry is controlled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays in May, June, September and October, and seven days a week in July and August. Picnics are permitted between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. Overnight camping of any kind is strictly forbidden. 

If you are planning on staying at the Beach during any of the hours that require a pass please have your pass with you – if you are driving, leave it visible on your dash. If you are walking, have it on you.

Yes – but we’ve trained the seagulls to rain down on you in a fury if you don’t put trash where it belongs.

BBQs and open flame of any kind are prohibited.

Please leave anything that needs to be cooked or reheated at home – barbecues and other cooking devices are dangerous for other beach-goers and pose a safety issue for staff cleaning and maintaining the beach and waste receptacles.  Alcohol is not permitted at the beach.

You can leave, but we will not hold your space and cannot guarantee you’ll be able to re-enter. Please bring in what you need. Please remember that there is no drinking of alcohol at Wellington Rotary Beach.

Unfortunately, no.

Prince Edward County ratepayers help fund the cost of staffing and maintaining the beach. Keeping Wellington Rotary Beach accessible to everyone means visitors need to share in covering the additional costs of managing beach volumes. The day use pass is intended to be a benefit for residents and ratepayers of Prince Edward County. Be a good neighbour and please do not share your pass with rental guests.