Cockburn Beach 2 (Sandy Bay)

Zhiibaahaasing, Ontario

This beach is located on the south side of Cockburn Island and is known as the Sandy Bay. This beach is important to the community because the elders can bathe here when visiting Cockburn Island as it is very accessible for everyone. This is a freshwater beach on the shores of Lake Huron and is remarkable for its completely sandy surroundings. At this location there are port-a-potties. The water levels had risen so high now the sitting area at the beach is smaller but is still present. At the moment sampling in this location has been paused because of COVID-19.

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
  • No data available

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 6th, 2021. Zhiibaahaasing First Nation Community Monitoring Hub updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 6th, 2021 at 12:48 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Cockburn Beach 2 (Sandy Bay) is sampled weekly from June 1st to October 1st.

Source Information

Swim Drink Fish staff, with the support of Zhiibaahaasing First Nation, monitor recreational water quality on Manitoulin and Cockburn Islands during the summer months. The guidelines followed are the Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline, 2018, set by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. 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, a standard derived from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks’ Provincial Water Quality Objectives.

The water is sampled weekly. Gaanogwong Apgishmok is sampled consistently on Thursdays, with results available 24 hours after the samples are taken. The locations on Cockburn are only accessible by boat and sampling availability is subject to change due to weather.

Beaches are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area and within a 30-day period exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water or when a single-sample maximum concentration exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 ml of water. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN
Table.

In accordance with Ontario’s provincial recreational water quality standard, a beach is marked Green when geometric mean of 5 samples results are equal or below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and below the single sample criteria of 400 E.coli/100ml. A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) is above 200 E.coli / 100 mL or above the 400 E.coli/100mL for a single sample. 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. Results are also available through the Zhiibaahaasing community page on Facebook. Non-community members must contact the Zhiibaahaasing First Nation Band Office prior to visiting any of these beaches.

For more information contact the Swim Drink Fish head office at 1-416-861-1237.

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Water Quality Graph

Cockburn Beach 2 (Sandy Bay)

Zhiibaahaasing, 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
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 6th, 2021. Zhiibaahaasing First Nation Community Monitoring Hub updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 6th, 2021 at 12:48 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

This beach is located on the south side of Cockburn Island and is known as the Sandy Bay. This beach is important to the community because the elders can bathe here when visiting Cockburn Island as it is very accessible for everyone. This is a freshwater beach on the shores of Lake Huron and is remarkable for its completely sandy surroundings. At this location there are port-a-potties. The water levels had risen so high now the sitting area at the beach is smaller but is still present. At the moment sampling in this location has been paused because of COVID-19.

Monitoring Frequency

Cockburn Beach 2 (Sandy Bay) is sampled weekly from June 1st to October 1st.

Source Information

Swim Drink Fish staff, with the support of Zhiibaahaasing First Nation, monitor recreational water quality on Manitoulin and Cockburn Islands during the summer months. The guidelines followed are the Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline, 2018, set by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. 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, a standard derived from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks’ Provincial Water Quality Objectives.

The water is sampled weekly. Gaanogwong Apgishmok is sampled consistently on Thursdays, with results available 24 hours after the samples are taken. The locations on Cockburn are only accessible by boat and sampling availability is subject to change due to weather.

Beaches are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area and within a 30-day period exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water or when a single-sample maximum concentration exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 ml of water. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN
Table.

In accordance with Ontario’s provincial recreational water quality standard, a beach is marked Green when geometric mean of 5 samples results are equal or below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and below the single sample criteria of 400 E.coli/100ml. A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) is above 200 E.coli / 100 mL or above the 400 E.coli/100mL for a single sample. 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. Results are also available through the Zhiibaahaasing community page on Facebook. Non-community members must contact the Zhiibaahaasing First Nation Band Office prior to visiting any of these beaches.

For more information contact the Swim Drink Fish head office at 1-416-861-1237.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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