Biinaagami is a multimedia, change-provoking initiative rooted in Indigenous knowledges. Through ceremony, mapping, inclusive storytelling, augmented reality, experiential learning, community water hubs and ecosystem restoration, Biinaagami aims to rebuild just and healthy relations between wildlife, people and place in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence watershed.
This status is based on the latest sample, take on August 16th, 2023
Swim Drink Fish Canada - Great Lakes Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as
test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide
on August 23rd at 2:25 PM.
Pier Beach is sampled
Water Quality Graph:
About Pier Beach
Pier Beach (formerly Bayfield Main Beach) is located in Bayfield, Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron. This lovely sandy beach is the perfect place to sunbathe and take a dip in the cool water or play in the sand with the kids. The pier on the north side of the beach near the mouth of the Bayfield River provides opportunities for boat watching, fishing or strolling at sunset. The beach boasts naturally sensitive features like dunes and bluffs.
Pier Beach is fully equipped with lifesaving stations. Amenities close to the beach include accessible public washrooms and parking. A pedestrian walkway a short distance east of the beach joins the beach and marina visitors to the scenic Main Street of Bayfield. To access this tranquil beach, turn left onto Short Hill Road from Hwy. 21 just before crossing the bridge over the river. Turn right on Long Hill Road.
Photo from www.tracer.ca
Huron County Health Unit samples from mid-June until Labour Day weekend. Huron beaches are sampled weekly on Wednesday and Perth beaches are sampled monthly. When the beach water quality website is updated, Swim Drink Fish updates Swim Guide. As of 2018, Ontario beaches are following the Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline, 2018, and the Recreational Water Protocol, 2018, for geometric mean and single-sample maximum parameters. These are now equivalent to those set out in the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality – Third Edition, 2012: Geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples): 200 E. coli/100 mL. Single-sample maximum concentration: 400 E. coli/100 mL. (These values replace the previous, more stringent Ontario standard: a geometric mean of 100 E. coli/100 mL.)
A beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period is below 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water and the single sample value is below 400 E.coli/100mL. A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water and/or exceeds the single sample value of 400 E.coli/100mL. A beach is marked Grey when reliable or up-to-date information is not available. 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.