Breakwater Park-Swimmable Water Restoration

Kingston, Ontario

Located in downtown Kingston near Queens University, Breakwater is a municipally owned park that offers stone beaches, grassy shores, a waterfront pathway and a deep water swimming pier. In 2017, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper awarded the City of Kingston a $500,000 donation from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation to help with a revitalization of the park. Thanks to this donation and funding from the Canada 150 Infrastructure program, the revitalization of the park is now underway. Construction started in June 2017, and the project is set to finish by March 2018, meaning it will be open for the 2018 summer season. Half of the park remains open for use during the construction.

The revitalization of the park will include the building of a pedestrian bridge connecting the tip of the swimming pier to the shore, an elevated sand beach, new pebble beaches and steps descending into the water. The swimming pier will also be redone, and will be named the Gord Edgar Downie Swimming Pier, after The Tragically Hip lead singer and board member of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Gord Downie.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Lake Ontario Waterkeeper 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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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Breakwater Park-Swimmable Water Restoration is sampled weekly from June 1st to August 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Swim Drink Fish staff monitor freshwater quality at Breakwater Park and at the Wolfe Island Boat Club on Wolfe Island during the summer months, from July 1st to August 31st. This monitoring program is a Swimmable Water Restoration Project, funded by the Weston Family Great Lakes Challenge. The purpose of the program is to gather a baseline of data regarding recreational water quality at these two popular swimming sites.

Swim Drink Fish Canada has chosen to share our test results with the public through Swim Guide. Please note that KFL&A samples Breakwater Park on a weekly basis. Our monitoring of Breakwater Park does not supercede the regional monitoring program. Rather, are results are meant to help build a baseline of data for this popular city swim spot.
Samples are collected on a weekly basis, every Wednesday, as well as after a heavy rainfall, or after a combined sewer overflow (CSO). Samples are taken to a local environmental lab, Caduceon, for processing and analysis.
Water is sampled for E. coli at all sites. Beaches in Ontario are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area and within a 30-day period exceeds 100 E.coli / 100 ml of water. A Ministry of the Environment procedure says that a clean beach meets water quality criteria at least 95% of the swimming season, even if it is near a sewage pipe.
Test results are expressed as E.coli cfu (colony forming units) per 100 ml.
A beach is marked Green when geometric mean of 5 samples results are equal or below 100 E.coli cfu/ 100 ML water.
A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) is equal to or above 100 E.coli cfu/ 100 ML water, according to Ontario’s water quality guidelines.
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, typically about 24 hours after samples are collected. Results will be communicated through Swim Guide. Results are also posted at the Wolfe Island Boat Club. To see a full sample results’ tables visit the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper website. Results are also available by email at contact@theswimguide.org or by calling The Swim Guide +1 (416) 861-1237.
In addition to Swim Guide, remember to visit Kingston Uitilities “Know Before You Go” to find out whether there has been a combined sewer overflow (CSO) or sewage bypass. Always avoid the water 48 hours after heavy rains.
Questions? Reach out to us directly by clicking our link (beside the beach name).

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Breakwater Park-Swimmable Water Restoration

Kingston, Ontario

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Lake Ontario Waterkeeper 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:   

Located in downtown Kingston near Queens University, Breakwater is a municipally owned park that offers stone beaches, grassy shores, a waterfront pathway and a deep water swimming pier. In 2017, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper awarded the City of Kingston a $500,000 donation from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation to help with a revitalization of the park. Thanks to this donation and funding from the Canada 150 Infrastructure program, the revitalization of the park is now underway. Construction started in June 2017, and the project is set to finish by March 2018, meaning it will be open for the 2018 summer season. Half of the park remains open for use during the construction.

The revitalization of the park will include the building of a pedestrian bridge connecting the tip of the swimming pier to the shore, an elevated sand beach, new pebble beaches and steps descending into the water. The swimming pier will also be redone, and will be named the Gord Edgar Downie Swimming Pier, after The Tragically Hip lead singer and board member of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Gord Downie.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Breakwater Park-Swimmable Water Restoration is sampled weekly from June 1st to August 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Swim Drink Fish staff monitor freshwater quality at Breakwater Park and at the Wolfe Island Boat Club on Wolfe Island during the summer months, from July 1st to August 31st. This monitoring program is a Swimmable Water Restoration Project, funded by the Weston Family Great Lakes Challenge. The purpose of the program is to gather a baseline of data regarding recreational water quality at these two popular swimming sites.

Swim Drink Fish Canada has chosen to share our test results with the public through Swim Guide. Please note that KFL&A samples Breakwater Park on a weekly basis. Our monitoring of Breakwater Park does not supercede the regional monitoring program. Rather, are results are meant to help build a baseline of data for this popular city swim spot.
Samples are collected on a weekly basis, every Wednesday, as well as after a heavy rainfall, or after a combined sewer overflow (CSO). Samples are taken to a local environmental lab, Caduceon, for processing and analysis.
Water is sampled for E. coli at all sites. Beaches in Ontario are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area and within a 30-day period exceeds 100 E.coli / 100 ml of water. A Ministry of the Environment procedure says that a clean beach meets water quality criteria at least 95% of the swimming season, even if it is near a sewage pipe.
Test results are expressed as E.coli cfu (colony forming units) per 100 ml.
A beach is marked Green when geometric mean of 5 samples results are equal or below 100 E.coli cfu/ 100 ML water.
A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) is equal to or above 100 E.coli cfu/ 100 ML water, according to Ontario’s water quality guidelines.
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, typically about 24 hours after samples are collected. Results will be communicated through Swim Guide. Results are also posted at the Wolfe Island Boat Club. To see a full sample results’ tables visit the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper website. Results are also available by email at contact@theswimguide.org or by calling The Swim Guide +1 (416) 861-1237.
In addition to Swim Guide, remember to visit Kingston Uitilities “Know Before You Go” to find out whether there has been a combined sewer overflow (CSO) or sewage bypass. Always avoid the water 48 hours after heavy rains.
Questions? Reach out to us directly by clicking our link (beside the beach name).

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