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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. In 2021, The County is taking steps to help manage crowds, improve amenities and keep the beach clean and safe:

  • Introducing $10 per person entry fee on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until September 19.
  • Offering a Wellington Rotary Beach Day Pass for residents to access the beach free of charge. Can be obtained at The County’s Libraries or Shire Hall.
  • 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 (350 people). A portion of this capacity will be allocated for residents holding a Wellington Rotary Beach Day Pass. No reservations, entry is first-come, first-served.
  • Allowing County-sanctioned food trucks to operate at the beach to provide refreshments. 
  • 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 Day Pass Frequently Asked Questions

Wellington Rotary Beach Day Passes are available at PEC Libraries and Shire Hall.  

You must pick up a pass in person. This can be done at Shire Hall (332 Main St., Picton) or one of the six Prince Edward County Library branches. (Check the County website and the Library website for operating hours during the pandemic.)

You must provide proof of residency, such as a driver’s licence, tax bill, utility bill or lease agreement. Librarians and/or municipal staff will ask for your name and postal code. For contact-less pick-up, please use your library card to put a pass “on hold” and opt for curbside pick-up when informed that it’s ready.

Your pass is good for free entry to Wellington Rotary Beach when there is controlled/paid entry in effect. This is on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until September 19, 2021 between 9 am and 5 pm.

Your pass will provide for free entry to 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 350 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 admission fee and day use pass system is now in effect until September 19, 2021.

The Wellington Rotary Beach gate was staffed as of May 21 to control capacity. The admission fee did not come into effect until June 5, after the stay-at-home orders were lifted by the province.

This news item on The County’s website is updated regularly with the current status of Wellington, Sandbanks, North Beach and Little Bluff beaches.

The County will also share beach closure notices on our Twitter and Facebook and the Visit The County Facebook and Instagram.

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 during Summer 2021.

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. For contact-less pick-up, please use your library card to put a pass “on hold” and opt for curbside pick-up when informed that it’s ready. Don’t have a library card? What a great reason to sign up for one! They’re free and beach passes are only one of many wonders contained within the library.

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 during a pandemic, traveling in small bubbles is safer.

The beach gate will be staffed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 this 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 beginning in May until the end of September. 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 (i.e. 9am-5pm, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until September 19, 2021) 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.