Algonquin Bridge

Toronto, Ontario

Wards Island is a little piece of natural paradise in the City of Toronto. It is a popular place to visit for Toronto mainland residents, and tourists. Wards Island is where the residential part of the island is. It is home year round to over 600 people. In the summer the residents and visitors of Wards Island have multiple places to go fo a canoe, kayak, and Stand-Up-Paddle.

Popular places to access the water include the freshwater lagoon named Sunfish Cut. On any given day in the summer people are seen Stand-Up-Paddling, canoeing, swimming, and relaxing in the water. The waters near Algonquin Bridge is a popular spot for recreational water users. It is an easy place to launch a canoe or kayak and adventure up the Sunfish Cut lagoon. Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open, as you will see plenty of frogs, birds, and fish on your adventures in this area.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 28th, 2018. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper 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

Algonquin Bridge is sampled weekly from June 25th to September 5th

SOURCE INFORMATION

For the 2018 summer, Wards Island residents collaboratively initiated a community sampling program with Swim Drink Fish Canada. This is part of the Toronto Community Monitoring Program supporting recreational water communities in their efforts to obtain accurate and up-to-date water quality information in areas with no official monitoring.

Trained community members monitor recreational water quality at three locations on Wards Island during the summer months. The standards followed are Ontario’s Provincial Water Quality Objectives, set by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change at 100 E.coli per 100 millilitres of water.

Water is sampled for E. coli and Total coliform at all sites. Sampling occurs once a week on Tuesday morning from the June 25th to September 30th, 2018. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected, on Wednesday afternoons.

Beaches are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area and within a 30-day period exceeds 100 E.coli / 100 ml of water. A Ministry of the Environment procedure says that a clean beach meets water quality criteria 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 cfu (colony forming units) 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 equal to or 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 apps.

To see a full sample results tables visit the Waterkeeper.ca website. Results are also available by email at elise@swimdrinkfish.ca or by calling The Swim Guide +1 (416) 861-1237.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Algonquin Bridge

Toronto, Ontario

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 28th, 2018. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper 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:   

Wards Island is a little piece of natural paradise in the City of Toronto. It is a popular place to visit for Toronto mainland residents, and tourists. Wards Island is where the residential part of the island is. It is home year round to over 600 people. In the summer the residents and visitors of Wards Island have multiple places to go fo a canoe, kayak, and Stand-Up-Paddle.

Popular places to access the water include the freshwater lagoon named Sunfish Cut. On any given day in the summer people are seen Stand-Up-Paddling, canoeing, swimming, and relaxing in the water. The waters near Algonquin Bridge is a popular spot for recreational water users. It is an easy place to launch a canoe or kayak and adventure up the Sunfish Cut lagoon. Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open, as you will see plenty of frogs, birds, and fish on your adventures in this area.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Algonquin Bridge is sampled weekly from June 25th to September 5th

SOURCE INFORMATION

For the 2018 summer, Wards Island residents collaboratively initiated a community sampling program with Swim Drink Fish Canada. This is part of the Toronto Community Monitoring Program supporting recreational water communities in their efforts to obtain accurate and up-to-date water quality information in areas with no official monitoring.

Trained community members monitor recreational water quality at three locations on Wards Island during the summer months. The standards followed are Ontario’s Provincial Water Quality Objectives, set by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change at 100 E.coli per 100 millilitres of water.

Water is sampled for E. coli and Total coliform at all sites. Sampling occurs once a week on Tuesday morning from the June 25th to September 30th, 2018. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected, on Wednesday afternoons.

Beaches are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area and within a 30-day period exceeds 100 E.coli / 100 ml of water. A Ministry of the Environment procedure says that a clean beach meets water quality criteria 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 cfu (colony forming units) 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 equal to or 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 apps.

To see a full sample results tables visit the Waterkeeper.ca website. Results are also available by email at elise@swimdrinkfish.ca or by calling The Swim Guide +1 (416) 861-1237.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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