Ward's Island Beach

Toronto, Ontario

Take the Ward's Island Ferry from the Toronto Ferry Docks at Queens Quay and Bay Street to get to this hidden gem. Ward’s Island Beach was named after a fisherman and his family who settled on Toronto Island in 1830. Ward’s Island Beach is a part of the small residential community on the island. It is far less touristy than the Centre Island park. Ward's Beach is sheltered a bit by the Leslie Split, so its calm water is ideal for swimming. There is usually enough wind here for kites and wind boards, though. Ward's Beach is a treasure trove for beach glass because the current brings wave-smoothed glass to the shore.

Ward's Island beach 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.

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

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
3°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Ward's Island Beach is sampled daily from June 5th to September 4th

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

Ward's Island Beach

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
3°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks

Take the Ward's Island Ferry from the Toronto Ferry Docks at Queens Quay and Bay Street to get to this hidden gem. Ward’s Island Beach was named after a fisherman and his family who settled on Toronto Island in 1830. Ward’s Island Beach is a part of the small residential community on the island. It is far less touristy than the Centre Island park. Ward's Beach is sheltered a bit by the Leslie Split, so its calm water is ideal for swimming. There is usually enough wind here for kites and wind boards, though. Ward's Beach is a treasure trove for beach glass because the current brings wave-smoothed glass to the shore.

Ward's Island beach 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.

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

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Ward's Island Beach is sampled daily from June 5th to September 4th

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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