Cool off at a Toronto Beach|
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With the recent spell of hot weather and warm temperatures expected to continue
throughout the weekend, this is a great time to cool off at one of Toronto’s
Here are the beaches that are open and safe for swimming:
Marie Curtis Park East Beach
Hanlan’s Point Beach
Centre Island Beach
Ward’s Island Beach
Clarke (Cherry) Beach
"We’re very pleased with the results and we encourage everyone to get out there
and enjoy the city’s beaches," said Michael A. Price, General Manager, Toronto
Water. "The E.coli levels at the beaches become elevated after significant
rainfall, so it stands to reason that if the weather holds out, we’ll have good
swimming conditions at our beaches."
Samples are taken daily at all of the City’s beaches. The Provincial Health Lab
analyzes the samples and results are reviewed by Toronto Public Health. If
E.coli bacteria levels exceed 100 E.coli per 100 milliliters of water, signs
warning against swimming will be posted. Posted signs are not removed from an
affected beach, until Public Health receives readings under the 100-mark.
"Swimming in waters that are posted unsafe can cause ear, nose and throat
infections, stomach upsets, skin rashes and diarrhea," said Mahesh Patel,
Acting Manager, Healthy Environments, Toronto Public Health. "Young children,
the elderly and those who are chronically ill or have weakened immune systems
may be more susceptible to infection from swimming in contaminated water,"
To check the latest results before heading to the beach, call the City’s Beach
Water Quality Hotline at 416-392-7161 or visit: www.toronto.ca/beach.
Already at the beach? Toronto’s lifeguards are a great resource and even have
sign boards and flags at every swimming area that show the daily water
conditions, water temperature and UV levels.
Here’s a few things to keep in mind when you’re out in the sun. Use sunscreen,
wear sunglasses, cover up (wear long sleeves and a hat with a wide brim),
reduce the time you spend in the sun, especially between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and
drink lots of water.
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