Rouge Beach

Scarborough, Ontario

The Rouge River winds its way through the largest urban park in North America and meets the waters of Lake Ontario at Rouge Beach. Near the beach is a marsh that provides a home for a variety of wildlife. Any time of the year, the picturesque scenery around Rouge Beach is calming and impressive. During the summer many people spend their days fishing and swimming off of the shores of the beach and watching the trains on the CN line drone past them in the distance. Rouge Beach is near Toronto’s only camping ground and is a great spot for city dwellers to access large green space for hiking, biking and running, among many other outdoor activities. Immediately to the east of the beach you can't help but notice the Pickering Nuclear Power Plant, one of the largest nuclear power plants in the world.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% 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
A few clouds
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Rouge 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

Rouge Beach

Scarborough, Ontario

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% 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
A few clouds

The Rouge River winds its way through the largest urban park in North America and meets the waters of Lake Ontario at Rouge Beach. Near the beach is a marsh that provides a home for a variety of wildlife. Any time of the year, the picturesque scenery around Rouge Beach is calming and impressive. During the summer many people spend their days fishing and swimming off of the shores of the beach and watching the trains on the CN line drone past them in the distance. Rouge Beach is near Toronto’s only camping ground and is a great spot for city dwellers to access large green space for hiking, biking and running, among many other outdoor activities. Immediately to the east of the beach you can't help but notice the Pickering Nuclear Power Plant, one of the largest nuclear power plants in the world.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Rouge 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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