Brant Street Beach

Burlington, Ontario

The Brant Street Beach is at the foot of Brant St and part of Spencer Smith Park. It is a small beach with fine white sand and no lifeguard. The Brant St Pier is to the left and a sea wall stretches to the right above which is a boardwalk and promenade for walking, biking and in-line skating. It is part of the Waterfront Trail system that runs from Spencer Smith Park to Confederation Park in Hamilton. In the distance is the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge and the Beachway.

At the end of the promenade are a beautiful playground and Spencer’s, a restaurant for fine dining. There are also numerous restaurants and shops across the street. Municipal parking is limited and paid near the playground. There is a large extensive lawn with trees for picnicking or relaxing. Portable washrooms are set up near the Pier. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Photo by: A. Hunt

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 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 1st, 2021. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 3th, 2021 at 9:27 AM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Brant Street Beach 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.

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Brant Street Beach

Burlington, 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 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 1st, 2021. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 3th, 2021 at 9:27 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

The Brant Street Beach is at the foot of Brant St and part of Spencer Smith Park. It is a small beach with fine white sand and no lifeguard. The Brant St Pier is to the left and a sea wall stretches to the right above which is a boardwalk and promenade for walking, biking and in-line skating. It is part of the Waterfront Trail system that runs from Spencer Smith Park to Confederation Park in Hamilton. In the distance is the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge and the Beachway.

At the end of the promenade are a beautiful playground and Spencer’s, a restaurant for fine dining. There are also numerous restaurants and shops across the street. Municipal parking is limited and paid near the playground. There is a large extensive lawn with trees for picnicking or relaxing. Portable washrooms are set up near the Pier. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Photo by: A. Hunt

Monitoring Frequency

Brant Street Beach 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.

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