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About Toronto Beaches Water Quality


This page will be your best friend all summer long!

I'm often asked by concerned parents if the water is safe in Toronto beaches (quality wise). Bottom line: YES! Except following a rain storm, which disturbs the sediments for a while, Toronto's waters usually past the quality tests for safe E. coli bacteria count

The good news is the City of Toronto takes its water very seriously and you will find a page on their website, with daily updates on the quality of the water for eleven beaches! Check it out, or call the Beach Water Quality Hotline: 416-392-7161. 

Here's the list of the Toronto beaches visited by Toronto Fun Places, from west to east:

Sunnyside Beach, Hanlan's Point Beach, Gibraltar's Point Beach, Centre Island Beach, Ward's Island Beach, Cherry Beach, Woodbine Beach, Kew Beach, Balmy Beach, Bluffer's Beach Park, Rouge Beach.

Checklist for a fun beach outing:

Apart from the usual (your favourite kind of sun protection, beach towel and bathing suit), here are a few things I've been known to bring with us (that made my family very happy) or that I forgot to bring (and made everyone a bit less happy... but they got over it), happy I brought with us.

  • Cooler with goodies (in small portions in plastic containers)
  • Frozen bottles of water to keep things cold in your cooler... and drink later on
  • If you bring an illegal bottle of wine, make sure to bring the corkscrew! (We forgot once... real torture)
  • Beach blanket
  • Beach toys including a big sturdy plastic truck with ben, beach balls, cheap kitchenware to play in the sand, different sizes of containers, any kind of spraying device. Even better: give your kids a little budget to go to the Dollar Store the day before. 
  • A little pop-up tent for kids to play (change) and get a break from the sun
  • Big foam noodles
  • Water shoes if you go to a pebble beach
  • Some mchange to buy frozen treats
  • Consider a few water games (taken from one of my Pinterest boards) and plan to bring the required material






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Nathalie's tips for a smooth outing

After years of doing all kinds of outings with my children, I can assure you the secret to a perfect outing lies in the details, not the destination.


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