Waverly Beach Park

Fort Erie, Ontario

Situated in the remnants of Erie Beach Park, a defunct amusement park that was open from 1885-1930, Old Lake Erie Beach Park offers the opportunity to walk through some of Canada’s history. You can see what remains of the promenade, the dance hall, and the “world’s largest swimming pool” as you walk alongside the park on Friendship Trail.

Waverly Beach offers shady trees as well as cool lake waters on a hot summer's day. You can sit on the benches here and look across Lake Erie to the Buffalo skyline. Just to the east, Lake Erie flows into the Niagara River. This area was once a very popular destination for American tourists. The casino, amusement park, and "world's biggest swimming pool" are long gone, but you may spot some reminders as you explore the waterfront.

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
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 22nd, 2022. Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 22nd, 2022 at 12:18 PM.
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Current Weather
25°C
A mix of sun and clouds
Monitoring Frequency

Waverly Beach Park is sampled weekly from May 18th to September 10th.

Source Information

The Niagara Region Public Health Department monitors recreational water quality at sites in this region. Sampling season starts Victoria Day Weekend and ends Labour Day Weekend.

Water at all sites is sampled for E. coli and Total coliform.

Niagara Region's 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.

Water samples are collected weekly at minimum. Results are posted to Swim Guide when they are available online. Results do not reflect date sample was taken. Results are also available at https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/water/beaches/default.aspx.

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.

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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Waverly Beach Park

Fort Erie, 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
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 22nd, 2022. Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 22nd, 2022 at 12:18 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
25°C
A mix of sun and clouds

Situated in the remnants of Erie Beach Park, a defunct amusement park that was open from 1885-1930, Old Lake Erie Beach Park offers the opportunity to walk through some of Canada’s history. You can see what remains of the promenade, the dance hall, and the “world’s largest swimming pool” as you walk alongside the park on Friendship Trail.

Waverly Beach offers shady trees as well as cool lake waters on a hot summer's day. You can sit on the benches here and look across Lake Erie to the Buffalo skyline. Just to the east, Lake Erie flows into the Niagara River. This area was once a very popular destination for American tourists. The casino, amusement park, and "world's biggest swimming pool" are long gone, but you may spot some reminders as you explore the waterfront.

Monitoring Frequency

Waverly Beach Park is sampled weekly from May 18th to September 10th.

Source Information

The Niagara Region Public Health Department monitors recreational water quality at sites in this region. Sampling season starts Victoria Day Weekend and ends Labour Day Weekend.

Water at all sites is sampled for E. coli and Total coliform.

Niagara Region's 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.

Water samples are collected weekly at minimum. Results are posted to Swim Guide when they are available online. Results do not reflect date sample was taken. Results are also available at https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/water/beaches/default.aspx.

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.

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.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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