The City of St. Catharines monitors St. Catharines´ three beaches in partnership with Niagara Region Public Health Department. The purpose of this program is to sample water quality to determine whether the beaches are considered safe for swimming. The beaches are sampled seven days a week from June to September. 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 City operates a Beach Condtions Report line, which is updated daily with the current beach conditions thoughout the beach seaason.
For more information, call 905.935.2722
The City also posts daily beach conditions in the summer to its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The Niagara Region also has a website, which is updated daily with current beach conditions for all Niagara beaches.