Big Sandy Bay - Wolfe Island

Wolfe Island, Ontario

Big Sandy Bay is currently closed by the municipality: https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/public-beach-listings.aspx

Big Sandy Bay is one of the great beaches of Lake Ontario. Located on Wolfe Island, it is a ferry ride away from Kingston (Ontario) or Cape Vincent (New York State). The Bay is part of an environmentally significant dune and wetland complex. It is only open to the general public for swimming June - September. Visitors coming to the island from Kingston are strongly encouraged to leave their cars on the mainland and bike to the beach from the ferry terminal. To get to the bay, take Highway 95 to Reed's Bay Road to 3rd Line Road. Park in the lot or lock your bikes at the gatehouse. The 1.3-kilometre nature trail takes you to the beach. There is a $15 park entrance fee for adults, with discounts for bikes, families, children, and frequent visitors.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

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Monitoring Frequency

Big Sandy Bay - Wolfe Island is sampled weekly from May 15th to September 15th.

Source Information

KFL&A Public Health monitors recreational water quality at sites in this region. The sampling season starts mid-June and continues to the end of August. Water at all sites is sampled for E. coli and Total coliform at all sites. Water samples are collected weekly. KFL&A Public Health issues beach advisories when the geometric mean concentration of at least five samples is at least 200 E. coli / 100 mL of water or when a single sample is at least 400 E. coli / 100 mL of water. This guideline comes from Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality (2012). It is applied to beaches in Ontario in accordance with Ontario’s Recreational Water Protocol, 2018. Prior to 2018 beaches in Ontario were posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeded 100 E. coli / 100 mL of water. Results are posted to Swim Guide as soon as lab results are available. They are also available at https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/public-beach-listings.aspx.

In Swim Guide, a beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of at least 5 samples is below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and each individual sample concentration is below 400 E.coli/100 mL. A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and/or 400 E.coli / 100 mL. A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information. The Ministry of the Environment F-5-5 Procedure says that a clean beach is open at least 95% of the swimming season, even if it is near a sewage pipe or combined sewer outfall. This rule applies to every place that is public, accessible, and feels like a good place to swim. When all else fails, the Ontario Environmental Protection Act strongly states that no one can interfere with the use that you can make of a public waterway - like swimming! The City of Kingston has combined sewers monitored by Utilities Kingston. Try to avoid contact with the water for 48 hours after a rainfall event. To view Utilities Kingston’s live combined sewer overflow monitoring data, visit: https://utilitieskingston.com/Wastewater/SewerOverflow/Map. DISCLAIMER: Historical data from 2017 and prior reflect the previous Ontario standard of a geometric mean of 100 E. coli /100 mL. Historical data from 2018 onward reflect the new Ontario Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline, 2018: Geometric mean concentration 200 E. coli/ 100 mL and single-sample maximum concentration of 400 E. coli /100 mL.

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Big Sandy Bay - Wolfe Island

Wolfe Island, Ontario

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Special Status
  • This means the affiliate organization managing a beach has set the beach status based on special local knowledge or information. Check the beach description and the Sources section for details.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
9°C
Chance of heavy rain

Big Sandy Bay is currently closed by the municipality: https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/public-beach-listings.aspx

Big Sandy Bay is one of the great beaches of Lake Ontario. Located on Wolfe Island, it is a ferry ride away from Kingston (Ontario) or Cape Vincent (New York State). The Bay is part of an environmentally significant dune and wetland complex. It is only open to the general public for swimming June - September. Visitors coming to the island from Kingston are strongly encouraged to leave their cars on the mainland and bike to the beach from the ferry terminal. To get to the bay, take Highway 95 to Reed's Bay Road to 3rd Line Road. Park in the lot or lock your bikes at the gatehouse. The 1.3-kilometre nature trail takes you to the beach. There is a $15 park entrance fee for adults, with discounts for bikes, families, children, and frequent visitors.

Monitoring Frequency

Big Sandy Bay - Wolfe Island is sampled weekly from May 15th to September 15th.

Source Information

KFL&A Public Health monitors recreational water quality at sites in this region. The sampling season starts mid-June and continues to the end of August. Water at all sites is sampled for E. coli and Total coliform at all sites. Water samples are collected weekly. KFL&A Public Health issues beach advisories when the geometric mean concentration of at least five samples is at least 200 E. coli / 100 mL of water or when a single sample is at least 400 E. coli / 100 mL of water. This guideline comes from Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality (2012). It is applied to beaches in Ontario in accordance with Ontario’s Recreational Water Protocol, 2018. Prior to 2018 beaches in Ontario were posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeded 100 E. coli / 100 mL of water. Results are posted to Swim Guide as soon as lab results are available. They are also available at https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/public-beach-listings.aspx.

In Swim Guide, a beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of at least 5 samples is below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and each individual sample concentration is below 400 E.coli/100 mL. A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and/or 400 E.coli / 100 mL. A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information. The Ministry of the Environment F-5-5 Procedure says that a clean beach is open at least 95% of the swimming season, even if it is near a sewage pipe or combined sewer outfall. This rule applies to every place that is public, accessible, and feels like a good place to swim. When all else fails, the Ontario Environmental Protection Act strongly states that no one can interfere with the use that you can make of a public waterway - like swimming! The City of Kingston has combined sewers monitored by Utilities Kingston. Try to avoid contact with the water for 48 hours after a rainfall event. To view Utilities Kingston’s live combined sewer overflow monitoring data, visit: https://utilitieskingston.com/Wastewater/SewerOverflow/Map. DISCLAIMER: Historical data from 2017 and prior reflect the previous Ontario standard of a geometric mean of 100 E. coli /100 mL. Historical data from 2018 onward reflect the new Ontario Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline, 2018: Geometric mean concentration 200 E. coli/ 100 mL and single-sample maximum concentration of 400 E. coli /100 mL.

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