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Welcome Waterkeepers Baja Californias
April 9, 2014

It’s official. Swim Guide is now available on the Baja Peninsula, Mexico!

This is the first expansion of the Swim Guide outside of Canada and the USA. It is a result of the hard work of our friends from Waterkeepers Baja Californias.


A regional collaborative of non‐profit Waterkeeper programs throughout the Baja Peninsula, Waterkeepers Baja Californias members and partner organizations conduct their own water quality monitoring at 54 beaches throughout the communities of Tijuana, Loreto, Bahía Magdalena, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, Cabo Pulmo, and La Ribera.

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Texas oil spill and beaches: what you need to know
March 24, 2014

**Please be advised that all beach users beach users in the Galveston-area of Texas should exercise caution near the water and watch for oil.**

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On Saturday, March 22, a barge dumped 168,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel. Reports have indicated that oil has reached the Gulf of Mexico.

Waterkeeper Swim Guide cautions swimmers in the area to watch for dark blobs washing ashore. Do not touch the oil. To report oil washing ashore call the Texas General Land Office at 1.800.832.8224 or use the Swim Guide pollution reporting tool.

Instagram photo contest winners
September 20, 2013

Thank you everyone for submitting your photos from your summer on the water to the Waterkeepers Canada/ MEC #InSummerWeSwim photo contest! Our judges have selected the winners. Each category winner will receive a $100 MEC Gift Certificate. The grand prize winner will receive a $500 MEC Gift Certificate. If you are one of our winners, please email us to claim your prize.

Grand Prize Winner


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Swim Guide sponsored in Toronto by AutoShare!
August 27, 2013

Swim Guide has a great new sponsor in Toronto: AutoShare!

AutoShare is an awesome local car sharing company that helps make your road trips a reality. We couldn’t be happier that our long-time travel companion now supports Swim Guide.

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper has had some great memories with our AutoShare cars. We’ve been all across our watershed with their vehicles. Some of our favourite road trips include:

  • Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles tour (Toronto, Peterborough, London, Kingston)
  • Darlington Nuclear New Build Hearing (Courtice)
  • Wolfe Island Music Festival (Wolfe Island)
  • Nelson Aggregates Hearing (Burlington)
  • Tragically Hip Tour (Toronto, Bobcaygeon)
  • Field visit in Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Field visit in Prince Edward County
  • Greenbelt Harvest Picnic (Dundas)


In summer we swim!
August 21, 2013

Toronto’s beaches might be the city’s best and worst kept secret. I admit, I am a little biased (hey, have you heard of that free Waterkeeper Swim Guide app?), but there is simply no better place to spend a hot summer’s day then out at your favorite sandy swimming hole.

As a newbie to Toronto’s beach scene, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the cleanliness, accessibility and overall atmosphere of each of the beaches I have been able to visit so far. Growing up in a rural community on the shores of Lake Ontario allowed me to experience the lake for most of my life. My memory is etched with summers spent not on soccer or baseball fields, but riding my bike down to the beach to skirt barefoot across the hot sand and into the refreshing waves. Unbeknownst to many, the city of Toronto offers the same luxuries to its three million residents across 11 beaches from the western edge of Pickering to the eastern edge of Mississauga.