Open Water Data

Ontario Place West Island Beach

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • E. coli
    PASS 3.4cfu Tue, Nov 28, 2023
  • Water Quality Status
    Mixed past results Tue, Jan 2, 2024 at 12:08am
  • Water Temperature
    C / 32°F (water) Sun, Mar 3, 2024 at 10:06am
  • Air Temperature
    6.3°C / 43.3°F (air) Sun, Mar 3, 2024 at 10:00am
  • Wind
    7.4 - 9.3km/h NE 52° Sun, Mar 3, 2024 at 10:00am
  • Wave
    0.3m, 3s, ESE 105° Sun, Mar 3, 2024 at 10:00am
  • Fog
    Fog Sun, Mar 3, 2024 at 10:00am
  • Precipitation
    0mm Sun, Mar 3, 2024 at 10:00am
  • Air Visibility
    0.2km Sun, Mar 3, 2024 at 10:00am
  • Humidity
    68.4% Sun, Mar 3, 2024 at 10:00am
  • Alkalinity
    100mg/L Tue, Nov 28, 2023
  • pH
    6.4 Tue, Nov 28, 2023
  • Conductivity
    395µs/cm Tue, Nov 28, 2023
  • Chlorine
    0mg/L Tue, Nov 28, 2023
  • Hardness
    50ppm Thu, May 11, 2023
  • Oxygen
    9mg/L Tue, Nov 28, 2023
  • Clarity
    0.5m Tue, Nov 28, 2023 at 8:58am
  • Depth
    0.5m Tue, Nov 28, 2023 at 8:58am

This small pebble beach is located on the west island of Ontario Place and provides wide open beautiful views of Lake Ontario.  Hidden in the three artificial landscaped islands offshore of Lake Ontario, this beautiful green space is not designated for swimming, but Lake Ontario Waterkeeper believes that can change, and it is frequented by many local open water swimmers.

The Ontario Place islands make up an iconic waterfront park in Toronto.  The park hosts activities like outdoor yoga, segway tours, Jazz Sundays and Lake Shore Boat rentals.

Ontario Place has huge potential to become an incredible place for people to get into the water, but it doesn't meet the criteria for an official beach in Toronto yet.  The water is not as accessible as it should be and some debris/fill may make water entry and exit hazardous for swimmers.  Ontario Place is discouraging people from swimming there, even though increasing numbers of people are seeking it out.

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper began monitoring water quality here in 2019.  The work is part of Swim Drink Fish’s community-based water monitoring work.  Waterkeeper is looking at water quality data to see if the site would be suitable for swimming.  In 2022 Lake Ontario Waterkeeper began sampling the site year round to support the future of the site, and those that use Toronto's most central beach for winter swimming.

Swim Drink Fish staff and trained Citizen Scientists test the water at the Ontario Place West Island Beach on Tue and Thu.  New results are posted here and to Swim Guide on Wed and Fri afternoons until the end of September.  Want to get involved with monitoring?  You can Volunteer at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.

The description above was copied from or heavily based on Swim Guide, with permission.

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