Here is the latest Niagara Region’s water testing report to ensure a safe swimming experience!

Beach Water Testing in Niagara

BeachMunicipalityWater TemperatureUpdated
PostedBay Beach (Crystal)
Unsafe to swim due to ecoli
Fort Erie20.5°C   /  68.9°FAugust 31, 2023
OpenBernard Avenue Beach
Open for swimming
Fort Erie21°C   /  69.8°FAugust 25, 2023
PostedCrescent Beach
Unsafe to swim due to ecoli
Fort Erie22.3°C   /  72.14°FAugust 31, 2023
OpenWaverly Beach
Open for swimming
Fort Erie21.5°C   /  70.7°FAugust 30, 2023
OpenCasablanca Beach
Open for swimming
Grimsby16.5°C   /  61.7°FAugust 30, 2023
OpenFifty Point Conservation Beach
Open for swimming
Grimsby16.8°C   /  62.24°FAugust 31, 2023
OpenNelles Beach
Open for swimming
Grimsby17.2°C   /  62.96°FAugust 30, 2023
OpenCharles Daley Park
Open for swimming
Lincoln19.2°C   /  66.56°FAugust 31, 2023
PostedQueen’s Royal Beach
Unsafe to swim due to ecoli
Niagara-on-the-Lake21.8°C   /  71.24°FAugust 31, 2023
OpenCentennial Cedar Bay Beach
Open for swimming
Port Colborne21.9°C   /  71.42°FAugust 30, 2023
OpenNickel Beach
Open for swimming
Port Colborne21.1°C   /  69.98°FAugust 31, 2023
PostedSherkston Elco
Unsafe to swim due to ecoli
Port Colborne20.1°C   /  68.18°FAugust 31, 2023
OpenSherkston Quarry Beach
Open for swimming
Port Colborne22.7°C   /  72.86°FAugust 31, 2023
PostedSherkston Wyldewood Beach
Unsafe to swim due to ecoli
Port Colborne19.8°C   /  67.64°FAugust 31, 2023
OpenLakeside Beach
Open for swimming
St. Catharines18.8°C   /  65.84°FAugust 31, 2023
PostedSunset Beach
Unsafe to swim due to ecoli
St. Catharines19.5°C   /  67.1°FAugust 31, 2023
OpenLong Beach
Open for swimming
Wainfleet20.5°C   /  68.9°FAugust 31, 2023
PostedReebs Bay
Unsafe to swim due to ecoli
Wainfleet21.1°C   /  69.98°FAugust 31, 2023
PostedWainfleet Lake Erie Public Access Beach
Unsafe to swim due to ecoli
Wainfleet20.8°C   /  69.44°FAugust 31, 2023

Niagara Region Public Health’s beach monitoring program operates annually from Victoria Day to Labour Day. The goal of is to reduce the risk of illness and injury associated with attending the beach.

The program consists of onsite beach assessments that include bacteriological water testing, as well as monitor factors that impact water quality such as air temperature, water temperature, water cloudiness, wind speed and wave height.

Beaches that we Monitor

Niagara Region monitors beaches and water front areas annually from Victoria Day to Labour Day. These locations are designated by local municipalities and have many services provided, such as parking, washrooms, garbage removal and routine beach maintenance.

Each beach is sampled between one to six time per week, based on annual assessments and public usage.

A public beach that we sample must include:

  • Any public bathing area owned or operated by a municipality
  • The general public has access
  • Recreational use of the water (such as beach signage, sectioned off swimming area, water safety/rescue equipment, lifeguard chairs)

Factors that Affect Water Conditions

Entering water with high bacteria levels can cause eye, ear, nose, throat and skin infections as well as stomach problems if the water is swallowed.

The following conditions can cause bacteria levels to rise:

  • Large number of swimmers
  • Wind and high waves
  • Large number of birds
  • Heavy rainfall in the last 24 to 48 hours
  • Cloudy water (where you cannot see your feet in waist depth water)

Posting / Closing Beaches

Beaches are monitored for bacteria levels (E. Coli), algae growth and safety concerns (such as debris, spills). When safety concerns show high levels of bacteria, the beach is posted as unsafe for swimming.

Regardless of the beach posting status, it is recommended that you monitor weather and water quality factors before swimming.

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