Georgian Bay - Port Severn

Severn, Ontario

A family-oriented waterfront area newly constructed by the township of Severn as part of a larger park facility, Port Severn Beach is accessible directly from the 400 highway. Port Severn is a community formerly known as ‘Coldwater’, a translation of the name bestowed upon it by native settlers in the nineteenth century. Built to service locals, cottagers, and day tourists, Port Severn Beach features include a sand beachfront and a splash-pad water play area for the little ones. The park adjacent to the beach has picnic tables, washrooms, and a snack bar. Be advised that the beach does not provide lifeguards and asks swimmers to enjoy the water at their own risk.

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

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 24th, 2021. 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 26th, 2021 at 4:26 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Georgian Bay - Port Severn is sampled weekly from June 1st to September 8th.

Source Information

Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit samples beaches weekly from June to September. When sample results are shared online, 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.

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Georgian Bay - Port Severn

Severn, 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
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 24th, 2021. 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 26th, 2021 at 4:26 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

A family-oriented waterfront area newly constructed by the township of Severn as part of a larger park facility, Port Severn Beach is accessible directly from the 400 highway. Port Severn is a community formerly known as ‘Coldwater’, a translation of the name bestowed upon it by native settlers in the nineteenth century. Built to service locals, cottagers, and day tourists, Port Severn Beach features include a sand beachfront and a splash-pad water play area for the little ones. The park adjacent to the beach has picnic tables, washrooms, and a snack bar. Be advised that the beach does not provide lifeguards and asks swimmers to enjoy the water at their own risk.

Monitoring Frequency

Georgian Bay - Port Severn is sampled weekly from June 1st to September 8th.

Source Information

Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit samples beaches weekly from June to September. When sample results are shared online, 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.

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