Hospital Beach

Kingston, Ontario

Located along the Kingston Waterfront Pathway in front of Providence Care Hospital, Hospital Beach is a small stone beach with shallow water that’s perfect for swimming, picnicking, or just enjoying a view of the lake. THe pathway leading to the water was recently renovated as part of Kingston's Waterfront Master Plan, so make sure to check it out! Surrounded by lots of green space and beside Lake Ontario Park, this beach is a popular spot for families, hospital staff, and anyone enjoying the Waterfront Pathway or the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.

This beach is not monitored by lifeguards. There are no public washrooms available at the site. However, there are public washrooms available at Lake Ontario Park, about 500 metres west of Hospital Beach along the Waterfront Pathway which are open from the May long weekend until Thanksgiving.

Hospital 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 water monitoring, the hub hopes to help inform community decisions about addressing pollution and protecting and restoring the Great Lakes.

We sample this site every Tuesday and process our samples with 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

Hospital 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

Hospital 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:  

Located along the Kingston Waterfront Pathway in front of Providence Care Hospital, Hospital Beach is a small stone beach with shallow water that’s perfect for swimming, picnicking, or just enjoying a view of the lake. THe pathway leading to the water was recently renovated as part of Kingston's Waterfront Master Plan, so make sure to check it out! Surrounded by lots of green space and beside Lake Ontario Park, this beach is a popular spot for families, hospital staff, and anyone enjoying the Waterfront Pathway or the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.

This beach is not monitored by lifeguards. There are no public washrooms available at the site. However, there are public washrooms available at Lake Ontario Park, about 500 metres west of Hospital Beach along the Waterfront Pathway which are open from the May long weekend until Thanksgiving.

Hospital 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 water monitoring, the hub hopes to help inform community decisions about addressing pollution and protecting and restoring the Great Lakes.

We sample this site every Tuesday and process our samples with 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

Hospital 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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