There are three beaches in St. Catharines: Jones Beach, Lakeside Park Beach and Sunset Beach.
The beaches and associated park lands are maintained by the City. The Niagara Region Public Health Department is responsible for water sampling and determining if the beaches are considered safe for swimming. The analyses of the water samples are carried out by the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ministry of the Environment have established guidelines with respect to bacteria counts for recreational waters. To avoid the risk of health problems, these agencies have restricted swimming to those beaches with E. coli levels of less than 100 E. coli per 100 mL.
The Niagara Region updates beach conditions on its website.
The City of St. Catharines lists beach conditions updates based on information provided by Niagara Region.
Call our beach conditions info-line: 905.935.2722.