With the sweltering summer heat we are experiencing you may want to consider heading down to Toronto's waterfront beaches. Toronto has eight beaches that have earned Blue Flags, allowing them to join the ranks of the best beaches in the world. The Blue Flag program is a highly respected and internationally recognized eco-label for swimming beaches. It identifies beaches that have maintained high standards in 31 criteria, including water quality, environmental education, environmental management, safety and services. Toronto's Blue Flag beaches are Bluffer's Park, Kew-Balmy, Woodbine, Cherry, Ward's Island, Centre Island, Gibraltar Point and Hanlan's Point.
From June to August, the City of Toronto takes daily water samples from the supervised beaches across the city and tests for E. coli bacteria. When E. coli levels are high Toronto Public Health posts warning signs against swimming.
Swimming conditions as of: July 12, 2012
To hear a recorded message with up-to-date beach water quality results, please call 416-392-7161. The phone line is operational from first week of June to the Labour day weekend.