Cherry Beach

Toronto, Ontario

Cherry Beach is a Blue Flag Beach for the 2020 season*.

Cherry Beach has a diverse and colourful place in the history of Toronto. The 1980’s pop hit “Cherry Beach Express” tells tales of illegal and corrupt adventures on the sands. The City of Toronto has spent years improving Cherry Beach as part of the Waterfront Redevelopment Project. Today, Cherry Beach is a safe, friendly, wonderful place for kite-surfing, swimming, walking, and BBQs. It is host to the music festival “Promise Cherry Beach” every summer weekend. There is an off-leash dog park here. Cherry Beach is mostly sandy and is usually one of the cleanest beaches in mainland Toronto. It is sometimes called "Clarke Beach".

*A Blue Flag beach is one that meets strict water quality and safety criteria. These beaches are certified annually as being clean, accessible, eco-friendly, and having great water quality! Swim Drink Fish is the National Operator for Blue Flag in Canada.

For more information, visit www.blueflag.ca

Photo by Jeff Hitchcock

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 7th, 2020. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 8th, 2020 at 1:32 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
24°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

Cherry Beach is sampled daily from June 1st to September 15th.

Source Information

Toronto Public Health monitors recreational water quality at sites in this region. Sampling season starts in June and ends Labour Day Weekend. Swim Guide updates Toronto beaches using the City of Toronto's Open Data.

Water at all sites is sampled for E. coli.

Toronto Public Health issues beach advisories when the geometric mean concentration of at least five samples exceeds 100 E. coli / 100 mL of water. This standard was set by the Ministry of the Environment.

Water samples are collected daily at Toronto Beaches. Results are posted to Swim Guide as soon as lab results are available. They are also available at https://www.toronto.ca/health/swimsafe and via Toronto's open data portal.

In Swim Guide, a beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of at least 5 samples is below 100 E.coli / 100 mL water.

A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 100 E.coli / 100 mL water.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

A Ministry of the Environment Procedure (F-5-5) 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!

Water Quality Graph

Cherry Beach

Toronto, Ontario

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 7th, 2020. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 8th, 2020 at 1:32 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
24°C
Clear and sunny

Cherry Beach is a Blue Flag Beach for the 2020 season*.

Cherry Beach has a diverse and colourful place in the history of Toronto. The 1980’s pop hit “Cherry Beach Express” tells tales of illegal and corrupt adventures on the sands. The City of Toronto has spent years improving Cherry Beach as part of the Waterfront Redevelopment Project. Today, Cherry Beach is a safe, friendly, wonderful place for kite-surfing, swimming, walking, and BBQs. It is host to the music festival “Promise Cherry Beach” every summer weekend. There is an off-leash dog park here. Cherry Beach is mostly sandy and is usually one of the cleanest beaches in mainland Toronto. It is sometimes called "Clarke Beach".

*A Blue Flag beach is one that meets strict water quality and safety criteria. These beaches are certified annually as being clean, accessible, eco-friendly, and having great water quality! Swim Drink Fish is the National Operator for Blue Flag in Canada.

For more information, visit www.blueflag.ca

Photo by Jeff Hitchcock

Monitoring Frequency

Cherry Beach is sampled daily from June 1st to September 15th.

Source Information

Toronto Public Health monitors recreational water quality at sites in this region. Sampling season starts in June and ends Labour Day Weekend. Swim Guide updates Toronto beaches using the City of Toronto's Open Data.

Water at all sites is sampled for E. coli.

Toronto Public Health issues beach advisories when the geometric mean concentration of at least five samples exceeds 100 E. coli / 100 mL of water. This standard was set by the Ministry of the Environment.

Water samples are collected daily at Toronto Beaches. Results are posted to Swim Guide as soon as lab results are available. They are also available at https://www.toronto.ca/health/swimsafe and via Toronto's open data portal.

In Swim Guide, a beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of at least 5 samples is below 100 E.coli / 100 mL water.

A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 100 E.coli / 100 mL water.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

A Ministry of the Environment Procedure (F-5-5) 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!

Water Quality Graph

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