Breakwater Park

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. Construction to revitalize the park 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 at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Swim Drink Fish Canada - Kingston 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 is sampled weekly from May 24th to September 15th

SOURCE INFORMATION

KFL&A Public Health staff monitor the water quality at municipally owned or operated public bathing beaches within the Kingston area in accordance with the Ontario Beach Management Guidance Document. Monitoring is done from early June until the end of August, and includes a visual inspection of beach conditions and testing for bacteria.

Beaches in the City of Kingston, the Loyalist Township, Frontenac Islands, South Frontenac and South Mills are sampled weekly. Beaches in North and Central Frontenac are sampled on a monthly basis because the historical data of the geometric mean and environmental surveys indicate that water quality has been consistently good for an entire bathing season.

KFL&A samples water at all sites for E.Coli. 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.

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 on the KFL&A Public Health website every Thursday. By subscribing to the Public Beach Updates on the KFL&A Public Health website, you can get email updates every time the website is updated with new sample results. Results are also available by contacting the KFL&A Environmental Health Unit at 613-549-1232, ext. 1441.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Breakwater Park

Kingston, Ontario

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Swim Drink Fish Canada - Kingston 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. Construction to revitalize the park 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 is sampled weekly from May 24th to September 15th

SOURCE INFORMATION

KFL&A Public Health staff monitor the water quality at municipally owned or operated public bathing beaches within the Kingston area in accordance with the Ontario Beach Management Guidance Document. Monitoring is done from early June until the end of August, and includes a visual inspection of beach conditions and testing for bacteria.

Beaches in the City of Kingston, the Loyalist Township, Frontenac Islands, South Frontenac and South Mills are sampled weekly. Beaches in North and Central Frontenac are sampled on a monthly basis because the historical data of the geometric mean and environmental surveys indicate that water quality has been consistently good for an entire bathing season.

KFL&A samples water at all sites for E.Coli. 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.

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 on the KFL&A Public Health website every Thursday. By subscribing to the Public Beach Updates on the KFL&A Public Health website, you can get email updates every time the website is updated with new sample results. Results are also available by contacting the KFL&A Environmental Health Unit at 613-549-1232, ext. 1441.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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