News Release: June 5, 2021 - City of Toronto launches beach and water safety campaign as lifeguards return to 10 Toronto beaches this weekend

Lifeguard supervised beach program at all 10 of Toronto’s swimming beaches beginning Saturday, June 5, 2021

When a beach is open:

  • the beach is supervised and maintained from:
    • 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (until mid-August)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (mid-August to Labour Day)
  • washrooms and other facilities are open

When a beach is closed:

  • the beach is not supervised or maintained
  • washrooms and other facilities may be closed

Swimming without the supervision of a lifeguard is not recommended. Swimming outside designated swim areas is not permitted.

Blue Flag is an international award granted to more than 4800 beaches and marinas in 49 countries. Since 2005, the City of Toronto has been awarded Blue Flags at eight of its 10 swimming beaches . Flying the Blue Flag means that the beach has met 33 criteria with respect to water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services. Swim Drink Fish is the Canadian operator of the Blue Flag program. For more information, visit the Blue Flag Canada website.

Blue Flag Beaches:

  • Bluffer’s Park Beach 
  • Centre Island Beach 
  • Cherry/Clarke Beach 
  • Gibraltar Point Beach 
  • Hanlan’s Point Beach 
  • Kew-Balmy Beach 
  • Ward’s Island Beach 
  • Woodbine Beach 

Beach Water Quality

Every day during beach season (June to Labour Day), the City collects water samples at each of Toronto's 10 swimming beaches. These samples are analyzed by Toronto Public Health, which determines whether each beach is safe for swimming. The results are posted at approximately 24 hours after the samples are collected.

The designation of a swimming beach as a Blue Flag beach means that a beach is open 80 per cent of the time during the beach season. Toronto has one of the toughest quality standards for determining whether beaches are safe for swimming. Toronto follows Ontario's criteria and will close a beach when E.coli levels exceed 100 E.coli per 100 millilitres of water, while the rest of Canada has a limit of 200 E.coli. for 100 millilitres of water. 

For information on beach safety, such as knowing the flags, visit the City of Toronto website.

You can contact the beach hotline to check the status of the beaches, or you can also check the City of Toronto website.

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