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August 14, 2009
Beat the heat - visit one of Toronto’s swimming beaches
Toronto is a great city with great beaches. With the summer weather finally upon us, with a forecast of sunny, hot weather for the weekend, residents and visitors are reminded that the City’s swimming beaches are a great place to swim and play.

There are 11 swimming beaches in the City of Toronto and water quality is tested daily. Seven beaches have achieved Blue Flag status: Hanlan's Point, Gibraltar Point, Centre Island, Ward's Island, Cherry, Woodbine and Kew-Balmy. Blue Flag is a highly respected and internationally recognized eco-label for quality swimming beaches, awarded by Environmental Defence Canada. For more information about the Blue Flag program, visit

The City’s swimming beaches are supervised by Toronto Police Marine Unit lifeguards from 11.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. daily until Labour Day. For information on which beaches are safe for swimming, and daily water quality information, visit or call 416-392-7161.

The City also offers opportunities for residents to cool down at outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads. Visit for more information.

Parents are reminded to supervise their children around water at all times. When at the beach, never swim or dive in unknown waters. Always check for rocks or an undertow and swim with a buddy.

To help keep our beaches clean, the City is asking waterfront visitors to refrain from feeding ducks, geese, gulls and swans. Bird poop can be a potential health hazard and is bad for water quality. It contributes to beach closings, and it can be unhealthy for the birds themselves and disrupt their natural environment.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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