All of Toronto's beaches are safe to swim at again

Aug 16 2018, 7:37 pm

Planning on hitting up a beach this weekend?

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has ended the swimming advisories for all Toronto public beaches, and as of Wednesday, August 15, all 11 were marked safe for swimming.

Toronto SwimSafe

On Thursday, August 10, TPH listed more than half of the city’s beaches as unsafe for swimming following the powerful rainstorm that caused widespread flash flooding in several areas of the city.

According to SwimSafe Toronto, heavy rain and high waters increased E. coli levels in Lake Ontario, which created beach conditions that were unsafe for swimming because the presence of E. coli exceeded the provincially established safety level of 100.

The city takes daily water samples from all 11 beaches and posts warning signs at each beach and online if E. coli levels are high.

If you’re wondering if your beach of choice is safe for swimming on a specific day, the status of the beach water is updated daily. Visit Toronto’s SwimSage page for an up-to-date report on all the beaches in the city.

Not sure where to go swimming this weekend? Toronto’s public beaches are:

  • Marie Curtis Park East Beach
  • Sunnyside Beach
  • Hanlan’s Point Beach
  • Gibraltar Point Beach
  • Centre Island Beach
  • Ward’s Island Beach
  • Cherry Beach
  • Woodbine Beaches
  • Kew – Balmy Beach
  • Bluffer’s Park Beach
  • Rouge Beach

But don’t worry if a particular beach is ever closed, you can always cool off at one of Toronto’s 58 outdoor pools.

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