Beach Conditions

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 at Lakeside Park Beach and Sunset Beach 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 200 cfu's E. coli per 100 mL.

Check Before Swimming

Niagara Region posts the results of its beach water sampling program online between May and September. 

Related Information

Waterfowl Are Fouling Our Beaches fact sheet.

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