About Toronto Beaches Water Quality
The City of Toronto has eleven beaches. Eight beaches have received Blue Flag designation for achieving high standards in water quality, cleanliness, safety and services.
The water quality at these city beaches is monitored daily during the summer months and the results a made available to beach users through postings at the beach lifeguard stations, the beach water quality telephone hot line (416) 392 7161 and on this web site.
Water Quality and Beach Conditions
As an indicator of water quality, E. coli bacteria levels in beach water are measured regularly. Toronto Public Health uses this information to assess the risk of infections resulting from exposure to all harmful germs including E. coli found in polluted beach water.
During the summer, the City's beaches are tested for water quality and are staffed by lifeguards. If the E. coli levels in beach water are high, Toronto Public Health will post signs warning against swimming.
Beach Protection Programs
Blue Flag is an internationally recognized eco-label awarded to beaches that achieve high standards in 29 criteria including water quality, environmental education, environmental management, safety and services.
Toronto Beaches Water Quality Mobile Application
If you are heading to the beach,pack your sun screen and download Toronto's new beaches app. This free app provides you with the latest information on beach water quality and is available at iTunes or Google Play.