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August 2, 2007
Beat the heat - cool down at City beaches this long weekend
With hot and sunny weather expected for the Civic holiday long weekend, Toronto beaches are a great place to enjoy a swim and cool down. All 11 City beaches are open for swimming:
  • Marie Curtis Park East Beach
  • Sunnyside Beach
  • Hanlan’s Point Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Centre Island Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Ward’s Island Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Cherry Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Woodbine Beaches (Blue Flag)
  • Gibraltar Point Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Kew - Balmy Beach
  • Bluffer’s Beach
  • Rouge Beach

“Toronto beaches are a great place to go during hot weather and to cool off - this long weekend will be no exception,” said Mayor David Miller. “We are exceptionally pleased with the water quality test results and encourage everyone to take advantage of not only the beaches, but all the activities available at the 11 beach locations across the waterfront - they’re just a TTC ride away!”

From June to the end of August, the City of Toronto regularly takes samples from the 11 lifeguarded 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 24 hours.

Six of Toronto’s 11 beaches (Ward’s Island, Hanlan’s Point Beach, Woodbine Beach, Gibraltar Point Beach, Cherry Beach and Centre Island Beach) were awarded the internationally-recognized designation of Blue Flag for high standards in water quality, cleanliness and safety, and services.

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. City lifeguards are a great resource for information about beach safety and water quality.

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

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Stuart Green, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-338-7119
Lisa Boynton, Senior Communications Coordinator, Toronto Water, 416-338-6590
Rishma Govani, Media Relations Co-ordinator, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974



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