Olympic Harbor Beach

Kingston, Ontario

Olympic Harbor Beach is a small stone beach located at Portsmouth Olympic Harbor. 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 also loved by scuba divers, who use the beach as a launch point to explore the many shipwrecks in the area, and dog owners, who bring their dogs swimming at the beach. The beach is situated along Kingston’s Waterfront Trail, an 8km trail that runs along the city’s shore, linking multiple sights and water access points throughout the downtown area. The trail is popular amongst 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 are available at Portsmouth Olympic Harbor during regular hours. There are no public showers available.

This beach is one of the sites that is monitored by Swim Drink Fish’s water monitoring hub in Kingston. The Hub is one of 6 across the country and is part of a SDF project that aims to connect communities with their waterways through citizen science and providing access to low-cost, accessible, water-monitoring tools. You can learn more about it here: https://www.swimdrinkfish.ca/citizen-science

Kingston Waterfront Trail: https://www.cityofkingston.ca/documents/10180/23985/Waterfront+Pathway+Brochure/c28991d9-83d1-4e9f-8b0f-333ae8d7fd16

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 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 23th, 2020. Kingston Monitoring Hub updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 24th, 2020 at 4:57 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Olympic Harbor Beach is sampled weekly from July 22nd to September 30th.

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 on Wednesday from July to early September. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected, typically on Thursday 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 KingstonHub@swimdrinkfish.ca or by calling +1 (416) 861-1237.

Water Quality Graph

Olympic Harbor Beach

Kingston, 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 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 23th, 2020. Kingston Monitoring Hub updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 24th, 2020 at 4:57 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Olympic Harbor Beach is a small stone beach located at Portsmouth Olympic Harbor. 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 also loved by scuba divers, who use the beach as a launch point to explore the many shipwrecks in the area, and dog owners, who bring their dogs swimming at the beach. The beach is situated along Kingston’s Waterfront Trail, an 8km trail that runs along the city’s shore, linking multiple sights and water access points throughout the downtown area. The trail is popular amongst 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 are available at Portsmouth Olympic Harbor during regular hours. There are no public showers available.

This beach is one of the sites that is monitored by Swim Drink Fish’s water monitoring hub in Kingston. The Hub is one of 6 across the country and is part of a SDF project that aims to connect communities with their waterways through citizen science and providing access to low-cost, accessible, water-monitoring tools. You can learn more about it here: https://www.swimdrinkfish.ca/citizen-science

Kingston Waterfront Trail: https://www.cityofkingston.ca/documents/10180/23985/Waterfront+Pathway+Brochure/c28991d9-83d1-4e9f-8b0f-333ae8d7fd16

Monitoring Frequency

Olympic Harbor Beach is sampled weekly from July 22nd to September 30th.

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 on Wednesday from July to early September. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected, typically on Thursday 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 KingstonHub@swimdrinkfish.ca or by calling +1 (416) 861-1237.

Water Quality Graph

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