Toronto swim conditions Sept 5

For third day in a row, all eleven beaches safe to swim
City water tests post positive results today for beaches
By Kris Scheuer

Never mind that this gentleman "flashed" me before he dove in. It was a great shot of him splashing into the lake at Woodbine Beach. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.

Is it just me or does it seem like summer is finally here?
Better late that not at all. I will take what I can get.
For the third day in a row it has been sunny and warm.
And with the Labour Day long weekend here many of us city folk may be flocking to the beaches to soak it all in.
All the beaches have safe levels of E.coli. This means 100 E.coli (or less) per 100 ml of water.
The city tests water at eleven beaches plus the Sunnyside Enclosure daily during the summer season.
I have the results below for Sept. 5.

Safe to SwimSafe to swim Unsafe to SwimUnsafe to swim
Swim 1. Marie Curtis Park East Beach Swim 6. Ward’s Island Beach
Swim 2. Sunnyside Beach Swim 7. Cherry Beach
Swim 2a. Sunnyside Enclosure Swim 8. Woodbine Beaches
Swim 3. Hanlan’s Point Beach Swim 9. Kew -Balmy Beach
Swim 4. Gibraltar Point Beach Swim 10. Bluffer’s Park Beach
Swim 5. Centre Island Beach Swim 11. Rouge Beach

Results are posted online and updated at 3 p.m. each day. As a lifelong Torontonian, I admit that I don’t swim at our beaches. Whereas I have swum in Lake Ontario on the few occasions I have visited someone’s cottage. And I love swimming in the ocean or sea on vacation. Go figure. Toronto’s water department actually goes above and beyond the level of testing that is required to ensure it has a handle on E.coli levels.
And seven of the city’s 11 beaches have the international Blue Flag rating meaning the meet 29 criteria from water safety to clean beaches.
So do you swim at our beaches? Which is your favourite?

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One response to “Toronto swim conditions Sept 5

  1. The outdoor swim season is over, so the city has stopped doing daily beach water tests until next June.

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