You can check Toronto's beach water quality before your next swim

Jul 4 2019, 8:20 pm

It’s no surprise that Ontario boasts some of the best beaches in Canada, specifically Toronto which is home to eight of the cleanest and safest beaches in the country.

And while cooling off in the lake is a great way to spend a hot summer day, pollution and bacteria can make the water a little less desirable.

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To ensure that the public is never at risk, Toronto Public Health (TPH) tests the water quality at the supervised beaches in the city from June to Labour Day.

During this time, the city tests for E.coli bacteria and when E.coli levels are high, TPH posts warning signs against swimming.

The beaches tested 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

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.

To see what beaches are safe, you can visit Toronto’s SwimSafe page for an up-to-date status of 11 beaches in the city.

Here you’ll be able to view a map of all the beaches and see which ones are safe or unsafe to swim in, as of July 2, 2019.


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

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