Bay Beach (Crystal)

Fort Erie, Ontario

Bay Beach is a bustling place, home to many residences and business. Residents and visitors flock to Bay Beach in the summer to enjoy its unique shops, many restaurants, and busy nightlife. It is also known as "Crystal Sands" beach.

Bay Beach is open to the general public. Beach capacity restrictions will be put in place (2000 maximum) to allow for proper physical distancing. To access the beach, beachgoers will be required to present one of three 2021 Bay Beach passes (resident, commercial or day). Beach entry will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis, and proof of residency will not be required when entering Bay Beach. Beachgoers are encouraged to review beach rules and the real-time beach capacity tracker before heading to Bay Beach. Visit https://baybeach.forterie.ca for more information.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 24th, 2022. Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 24th, 2022 at 12:23 PM.
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Current Weather
28°C
A mix of sun and clouds
Monitoring Frequency

Bay Beach (Crystal) is sampled daily from May 18th to September 15th.

Source Information

The Niagara Region Public Health Department monitors recreational water quality at sites in this region. Sampling season starts Victoria Day Weekend and ends Labour Day Weekend.

Water at all sites is sampled for E. coli and Total coliform.

Niagara Region's Public Health Department issues beach advisories when the geometric mean concentration of at least five samples is at least 200 E. coli / 100 mL of water or when a single sample is at least 400 E. coli / 100 mL of water.

This guideline comes from Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality (2012). It is applied to beaches in Ontario in accordance with Ontario’s Recreational Water Protocol, 2018.

Prior to 2018 beaches in Ontario were posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeded 100 E. coli / 100 mL of water.

Water samples are collected weekly at minimum. Results are posted to Swim Guide when they are available online. Results do not reflect date sample was taken. Results are also available at https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/water/beaches/default.aspx.

In Swim Guide, a beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of at least 5 samples is below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and each individual sample concentration is below 400 E.coli / 100 mL.

A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and/or 400 E.coli / 100 mL.

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

DISCLAIMER:

Historical data from 2017 and prior reflect the previous Ontario standard of a geometric mean of 100 E. coli /100 mL.

Historical data from 2018 onward reflect the new Ontario Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline, 2018: Geometric mean concentration 200 E. coli/ 100 mL and single-sample maximum concentration of 400 E. coli /100 mL.

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Water Quality Graph

Bay Beach (Crystal)

Fort Erie, Ontario

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 24th, 2022. Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 24th, 2022 at 12:23 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
28°C
A mix of sun and clouds

Bay Beach is a bustling place, home to many residences and business. Residents and visitors flock to Bay Beach in the summer to enjoy its unique shops, many restaurants, and busy nightlife. It is also known as "Crystal Sands" beach.

Bay Beach is open to the general public. Beach capacity restrictions will be put in place (2000 maximum) to allow for proper physical distancing. To access the beach, beachgoers will be required to present one of three 2021 Bay Beach passes (resident, commercial or day). Beach entry will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis, and proof of residency will not be required when entering Bay Beach. Beachgoers are encouraged to review beach rules and the real-time beach capacity tracker before heading to Bay Beach. Visit https://baybeach.forterie.ca for more information.

Monitoring Frequency

Bay Beach (Crystal) is sampled daily from May 18th to September 15th.

Source Information

The Niagara Region Public Health Department monitors recreational water quality at sites in this region. Sampling season starts Victoria Day Weekend and ends Labour Day Weekend.

Water at all sites is sampled for E. coli and Total coliform.

Niagara Region's Public Health Department issues beach advisories when the geometric mean concentration of at least five samples is at least 200 E. coli / 100 mL of water or when a single sample is at least 400 E. coli / 100 mL of water.

This guideline comes from Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality (2012). It is applied to beaches in Ontario in accordance with Ontario’s Recreational Water Protocol, 2018.

Prior to 2018 beaches in Ontario were posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeded 100 E. coli / 100 mL of water.

Water samples are collected weekly at minimum. Results are posted to Swim Guide when they are available online. Results do not reflect date sample was taken. Results are also available at https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/water/beaches/default.aspx.

In Swim Guide, a beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of at least 5 samples is below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and each individual sample concentration is below 400 E.coli / 100 mL.

A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and/or 400 E.coli / 100 mL.

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

DISCLAIMER:

Historical data from 2017 and prior reflect the previous Ontario standard of a geometric mean of 100 E. coli /100 mL.

Historical data from 2018 onward reflect the new Ontario Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline, 2018: Geometric mean concentration 200 E. coli/ 100 mL and single-sample maximum concentration of 400 E. coli /100 mL.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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