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August 4, 2006
Seven City of Toronto beaches are open for swimming!
The weather this weekend is expected to be warm and sunny and Toronto beaches are a great place to enjoy a swim and cool down. The following seven beaches are open for swimming:

  • Marie Curtis East Park Beach
  • Hanlan’s Point Beach
  • Centre Island Beach
  • Ward’s Island Beach
  • Cherry Beach
  • Woodbine Beaches
  • Kew - Balmy Beach

    From June to the end of August, the City of Toronto regularly takes samples from the supervised beaches across the city. Water samples are taken daily and tested for E. Coli levels and must not exceed the Provincial guidelines of 100 E. Coli per 100 ml of water. When water tests show high amounts of E. Coli bacteria, Toronto Public Health posts signs warning against swimming. Testing the samples usually takes twenty-four hours.

    Four of Toronto’s ten beaches (Ward’s Island Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach, Woodbine Beaches and Cherry Beach) have the international designation of Blue Flag for high standards in water quality, cleanliness and safety and services.

    Water safety tips:
    When enjoying a day at the beach, don’t swim or dive in unknown waters. Always check for rocks and an undertow and swim with a buddy. For any concerns about the beach, see the lifeguard on duty.

    For more information call the City’s Beach Water Quality Hotline at 416-392-7161, or visit

    Media contact:

    Diane Chester
    Sr. Communications Coordinator



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