Grand Bend Beach (North)

Grand Bend, Ontario

Grand Bend's north beach is a Blue Flag Beach for the 2020 season*.

Grand Bend Beach consists of approximately 20 acres of beautiful sandy beach. Located in an urban and resort setting, Main Beach is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, for many, it has become a generational destination. The area serving the beach is the exciting and vibrant downtown area of Grand Bend with dozens of restaurants, snack bars and more, all within walking distance. The beach has a wide range of amenities, including its new beach house which contains women's and men's washrooms, an accessible washroom, and concession booth, a viewing deck with stair and elevator access gives visitors a fantastic panoramic view of the lake, harbour and downtown. Fully trained lifeguards and staff monitor the beach daily from mid-June to September 3rd between the hours of 11 am to 6 pm during weekends and statutory holidays, and from 11 am to 5 pm weekdays. "User pay" parking lots capable of accommodating approximately 450 cars directly adjacent to the beach but the beach is busy so if there isn't room there, there are several other lots a short walking distance away. The Grand Bend Beach is situated on the shore of Lake Huron at the end of Main St. approximately 1km west of Highway #21.

*A Blue Flag beach is one that meets strict water quality and safety criteria. These beaches are certified annually as being clean, accessible, eco-friendly, and having great water quality! Swim Drink Fish is the National Operator for Blue Flag in Canada.

For more information, visit www.blueflag.ca

Photo by Jeanette Baillie

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 28th, 2020. 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 28th, 2020 at 4:04 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
20°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

Grand Bend Beach (North) is sampled weekly from May 29th to August 28th.

Source Information

Lambton County Community Health Services samples beaches weekly from June to the end of August. When information is updated on Lambton County's website, Swim Drink Fish - Great Lakes Guide 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): below 200 E. coli/100 mL, Single-sample maximum concentration: below 400 E. coli/100 mL. (These values replace the previous, more stringent Ontario standard: a geometric mean of less than 100 E. coli/100 mL.)

In Swim Guide, 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/100 mL.

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 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.

Water Quality Graph

Grand Bend Beach (North)

Grand Bend, Ontario

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 28th, 2020. 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 28th, 2020 at 4:04 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
20°C
Clear and sunny

Grand Bend's north beach is a Blue Flag Beach for the 2020 season*.

Grand Bend Beach consists of approximately 20 acres of beautiful sandy beach. Located in an urban and resort setting, Main Beach is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, for many, it has become a generational destination. The area serving the beach is the exciting and vibrant downtown area of Grand Bend with dozens of restaurants, snack bars and more, all within walking distance. The beach has a wide range of amenities, including its new beach house which contains women's and men's washrooms, an accessible washroom, and concession booth, a viewing deck with stair and elevator access gives visitors a fantastic panoramic view of the lake, harbour and downtown. Fully trained lifeguards and staff monitor the beach daily from mid-June to September 3rd between the hours of 11 am to 6 pm during weekends and statutory holidays, and from 11 am to 5 pm weekdays. "User pay" parking lots capable of accommodating approximately 450 cars directly adjacent to the beach but the beach is busy so if there isn't room there, there are several other lots a short walking distance away. The Grand Bend Beach is situated on the shore of Lake Huron at the end of Main St. approximately 1km west of Highway #21.

*A Blue Flag beach is one that meets strict water quality and safety criteria. These beaches are certified annually as being clean, accessible, eco-friendly, and having great water quality! Swim Drink Fish is the National Operator for Blue Flag in Canada.

For more information, visit www.blueflag.ca

Photo by Jeanette Baillie

Monitoring Frequency

Grand Bend Beach (North) is sampled weekly from May 29th to August 28th.

Source Information

Lambton County Community Health Services samples beaches weekly from June to the end of August. When information is updated on Lambton County's website, Swim Drink Fish - Great Lakes Guide 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): below 200 E. coli/100 mL, Single-sample maximum concentration: below 400 E. coli/100 mL. (These values replace the previous, more stringent Ontario standard: a geometric mean of less than 100 E. coli/100 mL.)

In Swim Guide, 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/100 mL.

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 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.

Water Quality Graph

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