Biinaagami is a multimedia, change-provoking initiative rooted in Indigenous knowledges. Through ceremony, mapping, inclusive storytelling, augmented reality, experiential learning, community water hubs and ecosystem restoration, Biinaagami aims to rebuild just and healthy relations between wildlife, people and place in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence watershed.
Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
This status is based on the latest sample, take on September 12th, 2023
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 13th at 2:28 PM.
Bathurst Quay is sampled
Water Quality Graph:
About Bathurst Quay
Also known as Portland Slip, Bathurst Quay lies at the base of Bathurst Street, just west of Marina Quay West. On the west side of the slip sits the Canada Malting Silos, an old mill that used to take in and store grain. The silos are no longer in service and have been designated a Heritage Site, leaving the slip primarily as a location for larger boats to dock. The site offers views of the Toronto Harbourfront and is steps from the beautiful and uniquely designed Toronto Music Garden. It is also home to those that dock the boats they live on year-round.
While sampling various locations in the summer of 2016, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper discovered extraordinarily high levels of E. coli at Bathurst Quay. We have now added this location to our weekly sampling program in efforts to collect more data and get a better understanding of the slip. This site is sampled by Swim Drink Fish staff and community scientists from the Toronto Community Based Monitoring Hub. The waters at Bathurst Quay are tested once a week throughout the Summer on Thursdays.
Swim Drink Fish staff, interns, and volunteers monitor recreational water quality in the Toronto Harbour during the summer months. The guidelines followed are the 2014 Ontario’s Provincial Water Quality Objectives, set by the Ministry of Environment at 100 E.coli per 100 millilitres of water.
Water is sampled for E. coli and Total Coliform at all sites. The water is tested weekly on Tuesday or Thursday from June 6th to October 21st, 2022. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected. Ontario Place West Island Beach is sampled year-round on Tuesdays between November 1st and June 1st.
Beaches are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area. A The Ministry of the Environment F-5-5 procedure says that a clean beach must meet water quality criteria for at least 95% of the swimming season, even if it is near a sewage pipe or combined sewer outfall.
Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.
A beach is marked Green when geometric mean of 5 samples results are equal or below 100 E.coli / 100 ml water.
A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) is above 100 E.coli / 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. Results will be communicated through the swim guide website and app.
To see a full sample results table visit the Waterkeeper.ca website. Results are also available by email at email@example.com or by calling The Swim Guide +1 (416) 861-1237.