Ingonish Beach

Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia

Ingonish Beach is unique beacuse it offers both freshwater and saltwater swimming. The saltwater swimming is off of a long and beautiful white sand beach. The freshwater swimming hole was created by the waves piling up rocks, to create a barrier called a barachois, which cornered off a cove from the ocean that has since filled in with freshwater. Both swimming areas have lifeguards on duty. The beach has lots of places to get active: tennis courts, a soccer field, and a playground all offer fun entertainment. There are washrooms, parking and a canteen. Ingonish is in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Please note: Water quality samples are collected twice per summer by the beach operators at Ingonish Beach and not by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service as cited in the Source Information.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Sierra Club of Canada Foundation - Atlantic Canada Chapter updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
1°C
Clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Ingonish Beach is sampled from July 1st to August 29th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service collects samples at designated beaches from mid-May to Labour Day. All designated beaches are tested for E. coli and some saltwater beaches are tested for Enterococci. When bacteria counts exceed the provincial standard, the beach is considered to be unsafe for swimming and warning signs are posted at the beach.

Beaches sampled on 3 schedules based on the risk of bacteria contamination due to location. Level A beaches are tested weekly, Level B beaches are tested 3 times per summer, and level C beaches are tested twice per summer. Swim Guide checks the NSLS website daily from Monday - Friday for water quality news releases.

For more information on beach openings and closures, call the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service Beach Information Line at 902-477-6168 or visit www.nsls.ns.ca.

A beach is marked Green when when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period is below 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water.

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 or when a single sample exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 ml of water. Officials will also close a beach if the Enterococci level reaches 70 counts per 100 ml of water.

Beaches may be retested when counts exceed 200 E.Coli per 100 ml of water. When counts exceed 35 Enterococci per 100 ml beaches are retested every 24-48 hours until levels drop below the accepted levels and closure is considered.

A beach is marked Grey when reliable or up-to-date information is not available.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Ingonish Beach

Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Sierra Club of Canada Foundation - Atlantic Canada Chapter updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
1°C
Clear

Ingonish Beach is unique beacuse it offers both freshwater and saltwater swimming. The saltwater swimming is off of a long and beautiful white sand beach. The freshwater swimming hole was created by the waves piling up rocks, to create a barrier called a barachois, which cornered off a cove from the ocean that has since filled in with freshwater. Both swimming areas have lifeguards on duty. The beach has lots of places to get active: tennis courts, a soccer field, and a playground all offer fun entertainment. There are washrooms, parking and a canteen. Ingonish is in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Please note: Water quality samples are collected twice per summer by the beach operators at Ingonish Beach and not by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service as cited in the Source Information.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Ingonish Beach is sampled from July 1st to August 29th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service collects samples at designated beaches from mid-May to Labour Day. All designated beaches are tested for E. coli and some saltwater beaches are tested for Enterococci. When bacteria counts exceed the provincial standard, the beach is considered to be unsafe for swimming and warning signs are posted at the beach.

Beaches sampled on 3 schedules based on the risk of bacteria contamination due to location. Level A beaches are tested weekly, Level B beaches are tested 3 times per summer, and level C beaches are tested twice per summer. Swim Guide checks the NSLS website daily from Monday - Friday for water quality news releases.

For more information on beach openings and closures, call the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service Beach Information Line at 902-477-6168 or visit www.nsls.ns.ca.

A beach is marked Green when when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period is below 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water.

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 or when a single sample exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 ml of water. Officials will also close a beach if the Enterococci level reaches 70 counts per 100 ml of water.

Beaches may be retested when counts exceed 200 E.Coli per 100 ml of water. When counts exceed 35 Enterococci per 100 ml beaches are retested every 24-48 hours until levels drop below the accepted levels and closure is considered.

A beach is marked Grey when reliable or up-to-date information is not available.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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