The beach is a great place for people to relax and enjoy some outdoor activities. However, swimming in these natural bodies of water may not be risk-free. Water conditions and quality can change quickly due to a number of environmental factors, and contaminated waters can increase the swimmer’s risk of infection, illness or injury.
Beach owners/operators are responsible for monitoring beaches throughout the swimming season to ensure they meet the Canadian Recreational Water Quality Guidelines.
It is recommended that beach owners have a Beach Safety Plan in place to identify monitoring parameters, and to respond quickly to changes in water quality and conditions, including posting advisories.
Monitoring beach water may include sampling for the presence of E. coli. The bacteria E. coli is commonly found in feces of warm blooded animals (including humans), and may indicate the presence of pathogens that can cause illness. The sample is considered unsatisfactory if the previous 5 samples contain an average ≥ 200 E. coli/100 mL or if a single sample contains over 400 E. coli/100 mL.
Note: If a beach is not listed in the search that means the beach is not routinely sampled