Beach Water Testing in Niagara

Check Before Swimming

Beaches are sampled annually from Victoria Day to Labour Day, based on a number of factors including popularity, water quality, maintenance and amenities.

Make sure the water is safe before you swim

Beach Water Testing Results

The following beaches are no longer sampled: Belleview Beach (Wainfleet), Grimsby Beach, Jones Beach (St. Catharines) and Waverly Beach (Fort Erie).

Beach Water Temperature Amenities
Open Bay Beach (Crystal)
Fort Erie
Open for swimming
22°C   /  76°F
Updated July 19
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Open Bernard Avenue Beach
Fort Erie
Open for swimming
24.7°C   /  81.4°F
Updated July 18
Open Crescent Beach
Fort Erie
Open for swimming
23.3°C   /  78.6°F
Updated July 14
Open Windmill Point Park Quarry Beach
Fort Erie
Open for swimming
26.5°C   /  85°F
Updated July 19
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Open Casablanca Beach
Grimsby
Open for swimming
21.1°C   /  74.2°F
Updated July 17
Open Fifty Point Conservation Beach
Grimsby
Open for swimming
22.1°C   /  76.2°F
Updated July 17
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Open Nelles Beach
Grimsby
Open for swimming
22.6°C   /  77.2°F
Updated July 17
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Open Charles Daley Park East
Lincoln
Open for swimming
24°C   /  80°F
Updated July 18
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Open Charles Daley Park West
Lincoln
Open for swimming
24.1°C   /  80.2°F
Updated July 18
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Open Queen's Royal Beach
Niagara-on-the-Lake
Open for swimming
23.5°C   /  79°F
Updated July 19
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Open Humberstone Centennial Park Beach
Port Colborne
Open for swimming
25.3°C   /  82.6°F
Updated July 18
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Open Nickel Beach
Port Colborne
Open for swimming
20°C   /  72°F
Updated July 19
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Open Sherkston Elco
Port Colborne
Open for swimming
20.5°C   /  73°F
Updated July 19
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Open Sherkston Quarry Beach
Port Colborne
Open for swimming
27°C   /  86°F
Updated July 19
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Open Sherkston Wyldewood Beach
Port Colborne
Open for swimming
20.6°C   /  73.2°F
Updated July 19
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Open Lakeside Beach
St. Catharines
Open for swimming
22.1°C   /  76.2°F
Updated July 19
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Open Sunset Beach (previously Municipal Beach)
St. Catharines
Open for swimming
22.3°C   /  76.6°F
Updated July 13
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Open Chippawa Conservation Beach
Wainfleet
Open for swimming
26.1°C   /  84.2°F
Updated July 19
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Open Long Beach
Wainfleet
Open for swimming
19.1°C   /  70.2°F
Updated July 19
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Posted Long Beach Conservation East
Wainfleet
Unsafe to swim (posted)
20.1°C   /  72.2°F
Updated July 19
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Open Long Beach Conservation West
Wainfleet
Open for swimming
20.6°C   /  73.2°F
Updated July 19
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Posted Reebs Bay
Wainfleet
Unsafe to swim (posted)
20.6°C   /  73.2°F
Updated July 19
Open Wainfleet Lake Erie Public Access Beach
Wainfleet
Open for swimming
19°C   /  70°F
Updated July 19
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Posted / Closed Beaches

When a swimming advisory is issued, a beach will be posted with a sign indicating that it is "Unsafe for Swimming". It is recommended that residents use another beach or stay out of the water until the posting is removed.

While swimming advisories are recommendations, beaches can be closed to the public. These closures occur in rare instances where there may be an immediate health hazard to the public, such as a chemical or sewage spill.

Beach statuses are also available on:

  • Niagara Region Beach Hotline at 905-688-8248 ext 7789 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7789
  • Signage posted at each beach

Weather Conditions can Affect Test Results

Beach water testing results may not always be accurate as conditions can change quickly due to the weather.

Test results are intended as general guidance. Residents are encouraged to consider the current weather and posting status of the beach before deciding to enter the water. If there was heavy rain within the last 24 - 48hrs, high winds or water clarity is poor, swimming is not recommended.

Weather Forecast: Lake Ontario · Lake Erie

Beach Sampling

Beach water sampling consists of five water samples being taken at each beach. When test results are received, they are averaged and compared to a national standard of 200 E. coli per 100 mL of water. When results show concentrations at or above this level, the beach is posted as unsafe for swimming.

While most beach postings are based on the E.coli results, they can also be posted for other safety hazards (spills, debris) or for water quality issues (algae, turbidity).

For more information on beach water, see the Health Canada Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality.


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