Barrhaven quarry patrons targeted in Ottawa police crackdown

People who trespass to dive off a cliff into a south Ottawa quarry received a rude, $65 welcome as police cracked down on those who use the private area as a swimming hole.

'Drunk people lying in the middle of the road ... defecating on my front lawn,' resident says

Ottawa police target those who trespass to dive into the Barrhaven Quarry. 1:58

People who trespass to dive off a cliff into the Barrhaven Quarry received a rude, $65 welcome as police target those who use the private area as a swimming hole.

The quarry, owned by Mattamy Homes, has been used for swimming for decades despite the "No Trespassing" signs posted there.

Two Ottawa police officers arrived at the Barrhaven Quarry on Sunday to ticket those who trespassed. (CBC)
Recent activity has been a little more rowdy, though, leading to more than 200 calls to police over the last couple of years, Ottawa police say.

People from as far as Toronto arrived at the quarry on Sunday to cool off, but instead left with a hole burning in their pocket.

Police handed out $65 trepassing tickets to those caught at the quarry.

"We're receiving complaints of loud partying: bush parties, fireworks, a lot of littering going on, and it's basically a quality of life issue," said Ottawa police Insp. Michel Marin.

Resident boosts security

Nearby resident John Caris said he has been fed up with the activity and began to fear for his own safety.

John Caris says he installed a new security system due to safety concerns around trespassing at the Barrhaven Quarry. (CBC)
Caris went as far as installing a security system, including a camera, which he said caught a few activities he would rather not have seen.

"We've had drunk people lying in the middle of the road. We've had drunk people defecating on my front lawn," he said.

Caris also called 911 after he confronted some people car surfing near his driveway.

Watch the video above as police confront trespassers.


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