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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 quiet place to rest in the sand and be by Lake Ontario.

The Niagara Region Public Health Services samples beaches weekly from Victoria Day to Labour Day When the information is posted on the Niagara Region Public Health Services website, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates Swim Guide.

Ontario beaches are monitored according to the province's Beach Management Protocol. The Protocol says that authorities must check water quality at least weekly from June 1 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!


Jones Beach is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 14th.

The status of this beach is RED.

This status means the beach fails water quality tests at least 40% of the time.

The status of this beach was last confirmed by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper on September 14, 2015 at 04:36:44 PM UTC.

The Swim Guide shares the best information we have at the moment you ask for it. Always obey signs posted at the beach or advisories from official government agencies.

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