Centre Island

Toronto, Ontario

Centre Island Beach is near the old pier on the opposite side of the island from the ferry terminal. This area is also known as “Manitou Beach”. “Manitou” refers to the spirits of the Algonquin tribes who were the first people to enjoy the island. Centre Island Beach has very calm, shallow, and slightly warmer waters because of the rock breakwater built to provide a barrier from the open lake. The rock breakwater also makes it more difficult for clean water to sweep in and increases the chances for the Beach to be posted with warnings and closures for water quality. Centre Island Beach is an ideal place for children and adults to swim, relax, picnic and enjoy the scenery. Just a short walk from the café and the bar, Centre Island Beach is wonderful place to spend the day with friends and family. To get to Centre Island beach, take the Centre Island ferry from mainland Toronto. Walk by the amusement park and take the long open walkway across the island. Be aware that there may be long lineups for the ferry on hot summer days.

Find the ferry and plan your trip at http://www.torontoislandferryfinder.com

Centre Island is a Blue Flag beach. The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict standards for water quality, environmental management and education, safety and services.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
2°C
Mostly clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled daily from 5 June to 4 September

SOURCE INFORMATION

Toronto Public Health samples water quality on a daily basis from early June until Labour Day. Swim Guide updates Toronto beaches using the City of Toronto's Open Data.

The official swim season in Ontario is June 1 - September 30.

Ontario beaches are monitored according to the province's Beach Management Protocol. Municipal health authorities monitor most public beaches. Provincial park beaches are monitored by Ontario Parks. The Protocol says that authorities must check water quality at least weekly from June to Labour Day at beaches where there are formal swimming programs or lifeguards. Most municipalities do not actually begin sampling until mid June. Beaches in Ontario are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeds 100 E. coli / 100 ml of water.

A Ministry of the Environment procedure says that a clean beach is open at least 95% of the swimming season, even if it is near a sewage pipe. 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!

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Centre Island

Toronto, Ontario

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
2°C
Mostly clear

Centre Island Beach is near the old pier on the opposite side of the island from the ferry terminal. This area is also known as “Manitou Beach”. “Manitou” refers to the spirits of the Algonquin tribes who were the first people to enjoy the island. Centre Island Beach has very calm, shallow, and slightly warmer waters because of the rock breakwater built to provide a barrier from the open lake. The rock breakwater also makes it more difficult for clean water to sweep in and increases the chances for the Beach to be posted with warnings and closures for water quality. Centre Island Beach is an ideal place for children and adults to swim, relax, picnic and enjoy the scenery. Just a short walk from the café and the bar, Centre Island Beach is wonderful place to spend the day with friends and family. To get to Centre Island beach, take the Centre Island ferry from mainland Toronto. Walk by the amusement park and take the long open walkway across the island. Be aware that there may be long lineups for the ferry on hot summer days.

Find the ferry and plan your trip at http://www.torontoislandferryfinder.com

Centre Island is a Blue Flag beach. The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict standards for water quality, environmental management and education, safety and services.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled daily from 5 June to 4 September

SOURCE INFORMATION

Toronto Public Health samples water quality on a daily basis from early June until Labour Day. Swim Guide updates Toronto beaches using the City of Toronto's Open Data.

The official swim season in Ontario is June 1 - September 30.

Ontario beaches are monitored according to the province's Beach Management Protocol. Municipal health authorities monitor most public beaches. Provincial park beaches are monitored by Ontario Parks. The Protocol says that authorities must check water quality at least weekly from June to Labour Day at beaches where there are formal swimming programs or lifeguards. Most municipalities do not actually begin sampling until mid June. Beaches in Ontario are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeds 100 E. coli / 100 ml of water.

A Ministry of the Environment procedure says that a clean beach is open at least 95% of the swimming season, even if it is near a sewage pipe. 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!

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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