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August 31, 2012
Last call for a supervised dip in the lake
Weather forecasters are calling for a hot and humid weekend in the city. It will be a perfect time to enjoy the last weekend of summer, with all of Toronto's beaches supervised by lifeguards. Toronto's Lake Ontario beaches are among the best in the world, making them a great place to cool off in and swim this weekend.

Eight of Toronto’s 11 beaches carry the internationally recognized designation of Blue Flag for high standards in water quality, cleanliness, safety and services.

Toronto’s beaches are:
• Bluffer’s Beach (Blue Flag)
• Centre Island Beach (Blue Flag)
• Cherry Beach (Blue Flag)
• Gibraltar Point Beach (Blue Flag)
• Hanlan’s Point Beach (Blue Flag)
• Kew-Balmy Beach (Blue Flag)
• Marie Curtis Park Beach
• Rouge Beach
• Sunnyside Beach
• Ward’s Island Beach (Blue Flag)
• Woodbine Beaches (Blue Flag)

From June to the end of August, the City of Toronto takes samples each day from the 11 supervised beaches across the city. Water samples are 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.

When enjoying a day at the beach, don’t swim or dive in unknown waters. A beach is a natural environment with changing conditions. Always swim with a buddy. Parents should keep children within arm's reach. To ensure that an area is guarded by a lifeguard, swim between the flags posted on the beach. 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 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Cheryl San Juan
Senior Communication Coordinator



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