Bronte Beach Park

Oakville, Ontario

Bronte Beach is nestled among other harbour facilities, including a marina. Back in the mid 1800s, Bronte Harbour was a bustling port with a thriving commercial fishery and "stonehooking" business. When you see old buildings in Oakville and Burlington, chances are their foundations are made of shale. This stone was carved and carted by hand from the shallow waters in the Bronte Beach area.

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is grateful for support in 2011 from the Peace and Justice Club at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Oakville. Their contributions will help us continue to monitor these beaches for postings throughout the summer!

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
  • Failed to meet water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 30th, 2020. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 31st, 2020 at 2:09 PM.
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Current Weather
22°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

Bronte Beach Park is sampled weekly from June 1st to September 15th.

Source Information

The Halton Region Public Health Department monitors recreational water quality at sites in this region. The sampling season starts in 5 and stops at the end of August 30. Water samples are collected weekly. Water at all sites is sampled for E. coli and Total coliform at all sites. The Halton Region Public Health Department issues beach advisories when the geometric mean concentration of at least five samples is at least 200 E. coli / 100 mL of water or when a single sample is at least 400 E. coli / 100 mL of water. This guideline comes from Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality (2012). It is applied to beaches in Ontario in accordance with Ontario’s Recreational Water Protocol, 2018. 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. Results are posted to Swim Guide as soon as lab results are available. They are also available at http://www.halton.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=120451.

In Swim Guide, a beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of at least 5 samples is below 200 E. coli/100 mL water and each individual sample concentration is below 400 E.coli / 100 mL. A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 200 E. coli / 100 mL water and/or 400 E. coli / 100 mL. A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information. The Ministry of the Environment F-5-5 Procedure says that a clean beach is open at least 95% of the swimming season, even if it is near a sewage pipe or combined sewer outfall. 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! 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

Bronte Beach Park

Oakville, 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
  • Failed to meet water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 30th, 2020. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 31st, 2020 at 2:09 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
22°C
Clear and sunny

Bronte Beach is nestled among other harbour facilities, including a marina. Back in the mid 1800s, Bronte Harbour was a bustling port with a thriving commercial fishery and "stonehooking" business. When you see old buildings in Oakville and Burlington, chances are their foundations are made of shale. This stone was carved and carted by hand from the shallow waters in the Bronte Beach area.

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is grateful for support in 2011 from the Peace and Justice Club at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Oakville. Their contributions will help us continue to monitor these beaches for postings throughout the summer!

Monitoring Frequency

Bronte Beach Park is sampled weekly from June 1st to September 15th.

Source Information

The Halton Region Public Health Department monitors recreational water quality at sites in this region. The sampling season starts in 5 and stops at the end of August 30. Water samples are collected weekly. Water at all sites is sampled for E. coli and Total coliform at all sites. The Halton Region Public Health Department issues beach advisories when the geometric mean concentration of at least five samples is at least 200 E. coli / 100 mL of water or when a single sample is at least 400 E. coli / 100 mL of water. This guideline comes from Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality (2012). It is applied to beaches in Ontario in accordance with Ontario’s Recreational Water Protocol, 2018. 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. Results are posted to Swim Guide as soon as lab results are available. They are also available at http://www.halton.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=120451.

In Swim Guide, a beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of at least 5 samples is below 200 E. coli/100 mL water and each individual sample concentration is below 400 E.coli / 100 mL. A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 200 E. coli / 100 mL water and/or 400 E. coli / 100 mL. A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information. The Ministry of the Environment F-5-5 Procedure says that a clean beach is open at least 95% of the swimming season, even if it is near a sewage pipe or combined sewer outfall. 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! 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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