Olympic Harbor Beach

Kingston, Ontario

Olympic Harbour Beach is a small stone beach located at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. The pathway leading to it was recently renovated as part of Kingston's Waterfront plan, so come check it out! Originally used to host sailing events for the 1976 Summer Olympics, the harbour continues to host annual Canadian Olympic Regattas (CORK) and other events that attract visitors from around Canada. The beach, located at the west corner of the harbour, is a great spot for swimming, launching a canoe or kayak or just enjoying the view of Lake Ontario. The site is loved by scuba divers who use the beach as a launch point to explore the many shipwrecks in the area, and by dog owners who bring their dogs swimming at the beach. The beach is located on Kingston’s Waterfront Pathway, an 8km trail that runs along the city’s shore, linking multiple sights and water access points throughout the downtown area, and connects to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. The trail is popular among walkers, joggers and bikers alike, many of whom stop at Olympic Harbour Beach to enjoy the water.

This beach is not monitored by lifeguards. Public washrooms at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour are currently unavailable until further notice. There are no public showers available.

Olympic Harbour Beach is one of three sites monitored by the community water monitoring hub in Kingston. Launched in 2020, the Kingston hub is one of six Swim Drink Fish hubs across the country. It is also a Lake Ontario Waterkeeper project. The hubs aim to grow connections between communities and local waterways by providing access to low-cost and accessible water monitoring tools for citizen scientists. Through monitoring the water, the hub hopes to help inform community decisions about addressing pollution and protecting and restoring the Great Lakes.

We sample at this site every Tuesday morning and process our samples using TECTA-PDS technology, which provides us water quality results in less than a day!

You can learn more about the initiative and how to get involved here: https://www.swimdrinkfish.ca/volunteer

This project has been undertaken with financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

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

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 18th, 2022. Kingston Monitoring Hub updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 18th, 2022 at 4:44 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Olympic Harbor Beach is sampled weekly from June 17th to August 25th.

Source Information

Swim Drink Fish staff and volunteers monitor recreational water quality along the shore of Lake Ontario 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 from July to early September. 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 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 in terms of colony forming units (CFU) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the TECTA B16 rapid microbiological testing instrument.

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 georgia@swimdrinkfish.ca or by calling +1 (416) 861-1237.

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Water Quality Graph

Olympic Harbor Beach

Kingston, 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
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 18th, 2022. Kingston Monitoring Hub updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 18th, 2022 at 4:44 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Olympic Harbour Beach is a small stone beach located at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. The pathway leading to it was recently renovated as part of Kingston's Waterfront plan, so come check it out! Originally used to host sailing events for the 1976 Summer Olympics, the harbour continues to host annual Canadian Olympic Regattas (CORK) and other events that attract visitors from around Canada. The beach, located at the west corner of the harbour, is a great spot for swimming, launching a canoe or kayak or just enjoying the view of Lake Ontario. The site is loved by scuba divers who use the beach as a launch point to explore the many shipwrecks in the area, and by dog owners who bring their dogs swimming at the beach. The beach is located on Kingston’s Waterfront Pathway, an 8km trail that runs along the city’s shore, linking multiple sights and water access points throughout the downtown area, and connects to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. The trail is popular among walkers, joggers and bikers alike, many of whom stop at Olympic Harbour Beach to enjoy the water.

This beach is not monitored by lifeguards. Public washrooms at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour are currently unavailable until further notice. There are no public showers available.

Olympic Harbour Beach is one of three sites monitored by the community water monitoring hub in Kingston. Launched in 2020, the Kingston hub is one of six Swim Drink Fish hubs across the country. It is also a Lake Ontario Waterkeeper project. The hubs aim to grow connections between communities and local waterways by providing access to low-cost and accessible water monitoring tools for citizen scientists. Through monitoring the water, the hub hopes to help inform community decisions about addressing pollution and protecting and restoring the Great Lakes.

We sample at this site every Tuesday morning and process our samples using TECTA-PDS technology, which provides us water quality results in less than a day!

You can learn more about the initiative and how to get involved here: https://www.swimdrinkfish.ca/volunteer

This project has been undertaken with financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Monitoring Frequency

Olympic Harbor Beach is sampled weekly from June 17th to August 25th.

Source Information

Swim Drink Fish staff and volunteers monitor recreational water quality along the shore of Lake Ontario 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 from July to early September. 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 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 in terms of colony forming units (CFU) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the TECTA B16 rapid microbiological testing instrument.

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 georgia@swimdrinkfish.ca or by calling +1 (416) 861-1237.

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Water Quality Graph

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