Wards Island Dock Beach

Toronto, Ontario

Wards Island Dock Beach is a beach facing the Inner Harbour of Toronto. It is a popular spot for recreational water users on Wards Island in Toronto. In the summer the residents and visitors of Wards Island can go out for a canoe, kayak, and Stand-Up-Paddle. No lifeguards are on duty at Wards Island Dock Beach. In 2017 and 2019 Toronto Islands reached historical water levels submerging much of the Island underwater.

The Toronto Islands are 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.
The Island Sampling Team is made up of residents of Wards Island, who began sampling this site in 2019. These citizen scientists are a part of the Toronto Monitoring Hub, which is one of Swim Drink Fish’s monitoring hubs. Waters are tested on Wednesdays, and the results will be updated on Swim Guide on Thursday afternoons. You can access the detailed open data files for this location here: https://www.recreationalwater.ca/toronto

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 27th, 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 August 28th, 2019 at 12:15 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Wards Island Dock Beach is sampled weekly from August 13th to September 9th.

Source Information

For the 2020 summer, a dedicated group of citizen scientists run a community water sampling program on Toronto Island in collaboration with Swim Drink Fish. They are part of the Toronto Water Monitoring Hub, which is helping to support 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 several locations on Wards Island during the summer months. The guidelines followed are Ontario’s Provincial Water Quality Objectives from 2014, 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. Sampling occurs once a week on Wednesday morning from August 5th to September 10th, 2020. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected.

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 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 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

Wards Island Dock Beach

Toronto, Ontario

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 27th, 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 August 28th, 2019 at 12:15 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Wards Island Dock Beach is a beach facing the Inner Harbour of Toronto. It is a popular spot for recreational water users on Wards Island in Toronto. In the summer the residents and visitors of Wards Island can go out for a canoe, kayak, and Stand-Up-Paddle. No lifeguards are on duty at Wards Island Dock Beach. In 2017 and 2019 Toronto Islands reached historical water levels submerging much of the Island underwater.

The Toronto Islands are 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.
The Island Sampling Team is made up of residents of Wards Island, who began sampling this site in 2019. These citizen scientists are a part of the Toronto Monitoring Hub, which is one of Swim Drink Fish’s monitoring hubs. Waters are tested on Wednesdays, and the results will be updated on Swim Guide on Thursday afternoons. You can access the detailed open data files for this location here: https://www.recreationalwater.ca/toronto

Monitoring Frequency

Wards Island Dock Beach is sampled weekly from August 13th to September 9th.

Source Information

For the 2020 summer, a dedicated group of citizen scientists run a community water sampling program on Toronto Island in collaboration with Swim Drink Fish. They are part of the Toronto Water Monitoring Hub, which is helping to support 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 several locations on Wards Island during the summer months. The guidelines followed are Ontario’s Provincial Water Quality Objectives from 2014, 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. Sampling occurs once a week on Wednesday morning from August 5th to September 10th, 2020. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected.

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 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 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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