Waverly Beach - Swim Drink Fish

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.

This location is monitored by the Lake Erie - Niagara Hub, one of Swim Drink Fish’s recreational water monitoring hubs and was established in collaboration with the Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative.

A section of this beach is also sampled by Niagara Region Public Health, the results of which can be found under “Waverly” here on the Swim Guide. The Lake Erie - Niagara Hub samples the areas beyond the areas already sampled to provide a holistic understanding of this historic stretch of coastline, and to let the public know when it is safe to swim at these public access points.

A lot of the Waverly Beach shoreline between Kraft Drain to Waverly Beach Park is privately owned through “water lots” that were issued by the city of Fort Erie in the past. They are no longer issued and public road allowances now provide public access to the Lake. These public road allowances are sampled because they are some of the very few locations where the public can access Lake Erie, these access points are known in Fort Erie as “Windows to the Lake”.

To access the detailed open data for this location visit https://www.recreationalwater.ca/niagara

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 23rd, 2019. Swim Drink Fish's Lake Erie - Niagara Hub 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

Waverly Beach - Swim Drink Fish is sampled weekly from June 1st to September 30th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Swim Drink Fish staff and volunteers, with support from the Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative, monitor recreational water quality along the North Shore of Lake Erie 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.

Water is sampled for E.coli and Total Coliform at all sites. The water is sampled once weekly on Tuesday from the end of May to early September. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected, typically 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 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 by email at Erie-NiagaraHub@swimdrinkfish.ca or by calling The Swim Guide +1 (416) 861-1237.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Waverly Beach - Swim Drink Fish

Fort Erie, Ontario

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 23rd, 2019. Swim Drink Fish's Lake Erie - Niagara Hub 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:   

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.

This location is monitored by the Lake Erie - Niagara Hub, one of Swim Drink Fish’s recreational water monitoring hubs and was established in collaboration with the Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative.

A section of this beach is also sampled by Niagara Region Public Health, the results of which can be found under “Waverly” here on the Swim Guide. The Lake Erie - Niagara Hub samples the areas beyond the areas already sampled to provide a holistic understanding of this historic stretch of coastline, and to let the public know when it is safe to swim at these public access points.

A lot of the Waverly Beach shoreline between Kraft Drain to Waverly Beach Park is privately owned through “water lots” that were issued by the city of Fort Erie in the past. They are no longer issued and public road allowances now provide public access to the Lake. These public road allowances are sampled because they are some of the very few locations where the public can access Lake Erie, these access points are known in Fort Erie as “Windows to the Lake”.

To access the detailed open data for this location visit https://www.recreationalwater.ca/niagara

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Waverly Beach - Swim Drink Fish is sampled weekly from June 1st to September 30th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Swim Drink Fish staff and volunteers, with support from the Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative, monitor recreational water quality along the North Shore of Lake Erie 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.

Water is sampled for E.coli and Total Coliform at all sites. The water is sampled once weekly on Tuesday from the end of May to early September. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected, typically 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 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 by email at Erie-NiagaraHub@swimdrinkfish.ca or by calling The Swim Guide +1 (416) 861-1237.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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