Pickering Beach

Ajax, Ontario

Pickering Beach is located in the community of Ajax just off the shore of Lake Ontario. Pickering Beach was an important cottage destination for upper-class Torontonians in the 1920’s. Some famous figures that lived in the community are T. P. Loblaw and artist Florence Helena McGillivray. Today the beach is a great place for swimming and fishing. There are volleyball courts, picnic areas, and a beautiful lakeside boardwalk for biking, running, and walking. Bird watching in the area is reputed to be fantastic, as are the neighbourhood restaurants.

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
14°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Pickering Beach is sampled weekly from June 5th to August 28th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Durham Region Health Department samples beaches weekly from June to the end of August. When sample results are shared online, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates Swim Guide. Signs are posted at the beach if it is unsafe for swimming.

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

Pickering Beach

Ajax, 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
14°C
Clear and sunny

Pickering Beach is located in the community of Ajax just off the shore of Lake Ontario. Pickering Beach was an important cottage destination for upper-class Torontonians in the 1920’s. Some famous figures that lived in the community are T. P. Loblaw and artist Florence Helena McGillivray. Today the beach is a great place for swimming and fishing. There are volleyball courts, picnic areas, and a beautiful lakeside boardwalk for biking, running, and walking. Bird watching in the area is reputed to be fantastic, as are the neighbourhood restaurants.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Pickering Beach is sampled weekly from June 5th to August 28th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Durham Region Health Department samples beaches weekly from June to the end of August. When sample results are shared online, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates Swim Guide. Signs are posted at the beach if it is unsafe for swimming.

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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