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July 8, 2008
Cool off at one of Toronto’s 11 City beaches
With the City under an Extreme Heat Alert, residents and visitors are reminded that Toronto beaches are a great place to enjoy a swim and cool down. All 11 City beaches are open for swimming:

- 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)
- Marie Curtis Park East Beach
- Sunnyside Beach
- Kew - Balmy Beach
- Bluffer’s Beach
- Rouge Beach

“We are very pleased with the water quality test results this year and encourage everyone to take advantage of our City beaches,” said Lou Di Gironimo, General Manager, Toronto Water.

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.

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, 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 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Lisa Boynton, Senior Communications Co-ordinator, 416-338-6590,



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