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Public Beaches

Beach Water Testing

Public beach monitoring begins in June and ends Labour Day Weekend in September. Designated public beaches* are sampled for bacteria and inspected for safety on a weekly basis.


safe-to-swim This beach is open.

Due to the delay in receiving lab results, you cannot rely only  on water samples to know if it’s safe to swim. Learn how to make an informed decision about beach water quality before swimming.

advisory A swimming advisory is posted. List of current swimming advisories.

During a swimming advisory, the beach is posted with warning signs that the most recent water samples showed bacteria in numbers that may increase your risk of developing minor skin, eye, ear, nose or throat infections or stomach illness. If you choose to swim during a swimming advisory avoid dunking your head or swallowing the water.

beach-closedThis beach is closed.

A beach is closed when a significant risk to health and safety has been identified or when a potential adverse event occurs such as a sewage or chemical spill. Beach closures are rare.

 *Provincial Park beaches (ie.Wasaga Beach) are monitored by the Ministry of Natural Resources and beach water quality for these parks can be viewed here:  http://www.ontarioparks.com

Testing results by area

Georgian Bay
Lake of Bays
Muskoka Lakes
New Tecumseth

Inspection types

  • Routine: A regularly scheduled water sample collection and inspection of the beach.
  • Follow-Up: When previous water samples have shown high levels of bacteria, follow-up tests are taken.
  • Complaint: An inspection is conducted when we receive a complaint about a public beach.


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