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This status is based on the latest sample, take on November 28th, 2023
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as
test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide
on November 30th at 10:29 AM.
Ontario Place West Island Beach is sampled
Water Quality Graph:
About Ontario Place West Island Beach
This small pebble beach is located on the west island of Ontario Place and provides wide open beautiful views of Lake Ontario. Hidden in the three artificial landscaped islands offshore of Lake Ontario, this beautiful green space is not designated for swimming but many communities members use this site to swim and enjoy the waters edge. The site has so much possibility, but it doesn't meet the criteria for an official beach in Toronto (yet!). The water is not as accessible as it should be and some debris/ fill may make water entry and exit hazardous for swimmers. Ontario Place is discouraging people from swimming there, even though increasing numbers of people are seeking it out.
Swim Drink Fish began monitoring water quality here in 2019. The work is part of Swim Drink Fish’s community-based water monitoring work. Swim Drink Fish staff and trained community scientists test the water at the Ontario Place West Island Beach twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the summer and once a week in the winter.
Sat, Sep 18, 2021, 10:34:03 PM UTC
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 tested weekly on Tuesday or Thursday from June 6th to October 21st, 2022. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected. Ontario Place West Island Beach is sampled year-round on Tuesdays between November 1st and June 1st.
Beaches are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area. 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 app.
To see a full sample results table visit the Waterkeeper.ca website. Results are also available by email at email@example.com or by calling The Swim Guide +1 (416) 861-1237.