Ontario Place West Island Beach

Toronto, Ontario

This small pebble beach is located on the west island of Ontario Place. This beach is not open for swimming, and no lifeguards are on duty. The park is open daily from 5am – 12am, and paid parking is available. Public bathrooms are also available in the park. Swim Drink Fish staff along with trained Citizen Scientists monitor the water at the Ontario Place West Island Beach once a week on Thursdays, and the results are posted on Friday afternoon.

Ontario Place is made of three artificial landscaped islands offshore of Lake Ontario. These islands make up an iconic waterfront park in Toronto that hosts activities like outdoor yoga, segway tours, Jazz Sundays on the Vista, Lake Shore Boat rentals and Wigwam Chi-Chemung presented by MYSEUM.

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 11th, 2019. 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

Ontario Place West Island Beach is sampled weekly from May 22nd to August 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Swim Drink Fish staff, interns, and volunteers monitor recreational water quality in the Toronto Harbour during the summer months. The guidelines followed are the 2014 Ontario’s Provincial Water Quality Objectives, set by the Ministry of Environment at 100 E.coli per 100 millilitres of water.

Water is sampled for E. coli and Total Coliform at all sites. The water is sampled twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the end of May to early September. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected, on Wednesday and Friday 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 The Ministry of the Environment F-5-5 procedure says that a clean beach must meet water quality criteria for 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 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 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

Ontario Place West Island Beach

Toronto, Ontario

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 11th, 2019. 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:   

This small pebble beach is located on the west island of Ontario Place. This beach is not open for swimming, and no lifeguards are on duty. The park is open daily from 5am – 12am, and paid parking is available. Public bathrooms are also available in the park. Swim Drink Fish staff along with trained Citizen Scientists monitor the water at the Ontario Place West Island Beach once a week on Thursdays, and the results are posted on Friday afternoon.

Ontario Place is made of three artificial landscaped islands offshore of Lake Ontario. These islands make up an iconic waterfront park in Toronto that hosts activities like outdoor yoga, segway tours, Jazz Sundays on the Vista, Lake Shore Boat rentals and Wigwam Chi-Chemung presented by MYSEUM.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Ontario Place West Island Beach is sampled weekly from May 22nd to August 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Swim Drink Fish staff, interns, and volunteers monitor recreational water quality in the Toronto Harbour during the summer months. The guidelines followed are the 2014 Ontario’s Provincial Water Quality Objectives, set by the Ministry of Environment at 100 E.coli per 100 millilitres of water.

Water is sampled for E. coli and Total Coliform at all sites. The water is sampled twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the end of May to early September. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected, on Wednesday and Friday 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 The Ministry of the Environment F-5-5 procedure says that a clean beach must meet water quality criteria for 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 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 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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