Kew-Balmy

Toronto, Ontario
Mis à jour par Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Kew and Balmy Beaches were first opened to Toronto in the 1930s. Torontonians would swarm the sand, the boardwalk and the amusement parks that dotted the shore. Today these beaches still hold onto some of that charm and history – with the Kew Beach lawnbowling club, and the Kew Gardens Bandstand (built on the remains of a lost river!). The bandstand hosts bands throughout the warmer months as well as the annual Jazz Festival. Right on the shore is a beach club that dates back to 1905. Members of the Beach Club have won gold and silver medals at the Olympics and their football team won the Grey Cup, twice, in 1927 and 1930. At the most eastern end of the beach is the Robert Harris Water Filtration Plant – a gorgeous art deco palace – that was memorialised in Michael Ondaatje’s novel In the Skin of a Lion. The City of Toronto merged Kew and Balmy beaches in 2006.

While you're here try stand up paddling (SUPing) with SupGirlz! Find them online at www.supgirlz.com.

Kew-Balmy is a Blue Flag beach. The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict standards for water quality, environmental management and education, safety and services.

QUALITÉ DE L’EAU
  • L’eau était satisfaisante dans 60 à 94 % des cas
  • Statut Historique
  • 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 à
Légende de qualité de l’eau:   
MÉTÉO ACTUELLE
-6°C
Largement éclaircies
FRÉQUENCE DE SURVEILLANCE

Des analyses de l’eau de cette plage sont effectuées tous les jours de 5 Juin à 4 Septembre

SOURCES

Toronto Public Health samples water quality on a daily basis from early June until Labour Day. Swim Guide updates Toronto beaches using the City of Toronto's Open Data.

The official swim season in Ontario is June 1 - September 30.

Ontario beaches are monitored according to the province's Beach Management Protocol. Municipal health authorities monitor most public beaches. Provincial park beaches are monitored by Ontario Parks. The Protocol says that authorities must check water quality at least weekly from June to Labour Day at beaches where there are formal swimming programs or lifeguards. Most municipalities do not actually begin sampling until mid June. Beaches in Ontario are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeds 100 E. coli / 100 ml of water.

A Ministry of the Environment procedure says that a clean beach is open at least 95% of the swimming season, even if it is near a sewage pipe. 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!

QUALITÉ DE L’EAU

Kew-Balmy

Toronto, Ontario
Mis à jour par Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

QUALITÉ DE L’EAU
  • L’eau était satisfaisante dans 60 à 94 % des cas
  • Statut Historique
  • 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 à
Légende de qualité de l’eau:   
MÉTÉO ACTUELLE
-6°C
Largement éclaircies

Kew and Balmy Beaches were first opened to Toronto in the 1930s. Torontonians would swarm the sand, the boardwalk and the amusement parks that dotted the shore. Today these beaches still hold onto some of that charm and history – with the Kew Beach lawnbowling club, and the Kew Gardens Bandstand (built on the remains of a lost river!). The bandstand hosts bands throughout the warmer months as well as the annual Jazz Festival. Right on the shore is a beach club that dates back to 1905. Members of the Beach Club have won gold and silver medals at the Olympics and their football team won the Grey Cup, twice, in 1927 and 1930. At the most eastern end of the beach is the Robert Harris Water Filtration Plant – a gorgeous art deco palace – that was memorialised in Michael Ondaatje’s novel In the Skin of a Lion. The City of Toronto merged Kew and Balmy beaches in 2006.

While you're here try stand up paddling (SUPing) with SupGirlz! Find them online at www.supgirlz.com.

Kew-Balmy is a Blue Flag beach. The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict standards for water quality, environmental management and education, safety and services.

FRÉQUENCE DE SURVEILLANCE

Des analyses de l’eau de cette plage sont effectuées tous les jours de 5 Juin à 4 Septembre

SOURCES

Toronto Public Health samples water quality on a daily basis from early June until Labour Day. Swim Guide updates Toronto beaches using the City of Toronto's Open Data.

The official swim season in Ontario is June 1 - September 30.

Ontario beaches are monitored according to the province's Beach Management Protocol. Municipal health authorities monitor most public beaches. Provincial park beaches are monitored by Ontario Parks. The Protocol says that authorities must check water quality at least weekly from June to Labour Day at beaches where there are formal swimming programs or lifeguards. Most municipalities do not actually begin sampling until mid June. Beaches in Ontario are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeds 100 E. coli / 100 ml of water.

A Ministry of the Environment procedure says that a clean beach is open at least 95% of the swimming season, even if it is near a sewage pipe. 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!

QUALITÉ DE L’EAU



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