Jones Beach

St. Catharines, Ontario

Jones Beach suffers from more water quality problems than other beaches in the area. It may not be your best bet for a summer's swim, but it is still a peaceful place to go for a paddle, or hangout on the shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Niagara Coastal has begun monitoring Jones Beach in 2022 to assess the current bacterial contamination level. Please keep an eye on the weekly results posted every Thursday for the most up-to-date status.

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 2:58 PM.
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Current Weather
26°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks
Monitoring Frequency

Jones Beach is sampled weekly from June 15th to September 15th.

Source Information

Niagara Coastal staff and volunteers, with support from Swim Drink Fish, monitor recreational water quality along the shorelines of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario in Niagara during the summer months. The guidelines followed are the Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline, 2018, set by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. 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, a standard derived from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks’ Provincial Water Quality Objectives.

Water is sampled for E.coli and Total Coliform at all sites. The water is sampled once weekly on Wednesdays from the end of May to early September. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected, typically on Thursday afternoons. Beaches are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area and within a 30-day period exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water or when a single-sample maximum concentration exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 ml of water. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.

In accordance with Ontario’s provincial recreational water quality standard, a beach is marked Green when geometric mean of 5 samples results are equal or below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and below the single sample criteria of 400 E.coli/100ml. A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) is above 200 E.coli / 100 mL or above the 400 E.coli/100mL for a single sample. A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information. Results are posted as soon as lab results are available. Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide website and apps. Results are also available by email at info@niagaracoastal.ca.

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Jones Beach

St. Catharines, 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 2:58 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
26°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks

Jones Beach suffers from more water quality problems than other beaches in the area. It may not be your best bet for a summer's swim, but it is still a peaceful place to go for a paddle, or hangout on the shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Niagara Coastal has begun monitoring Jones Beach in 2022 to assess the current bacterial contamination level. Please keep an eye on the weekly results posted every Thursday for the most up-to-date status.

Monitoring Frequency

Jones Beach is sampled weekly from June 15th to September 15th.

Source Information

Niagara Coastal staff and volunteers, with support from Swim Drink Fish, monitor recreational water quality along the shorelines of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario in Niagara during the summer months. The guidelines followed are the Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline, 2018, set by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. 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, a standard derived from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks’ Provincial Water Quality Objectives.

Water is sampled for E.coli and Total Coliform at all sites. The water is sampled once weekly on Wednesdays from the end of May to early September. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected, typically on Thursday afternoons. Beaches are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area and within a 30-day period exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water or when a single-sample maximum concentration exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 ml of water. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.

In accordance with Ontario’s provincial recreational water quality standard, a beach is marked Green when geometric mean of 5 samples results are equal or below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and below the single sample criteria of 400 E.coli/100ml. A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) is above 200 E.coli / 100 mL or above the 400 E.coli/100mL for a single sample. A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information. Results are posted as soon as lab results are available. Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide website and apps. Results are also available by email at info@niagaracoastal.ca.

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Water Quality Graph

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