One Oakville beach unsafe for swimming, okay in Milton, Burlington


Published July 27, 2023 at 1:42 pm

There’s just one Halton beach, in Oakville, that has been deemed unsafe for swimming following this week’s safety testing.

Bronte Beach Park, located at Lakeshore Rd./Bronte Rd. in Oakville, failed the weekly surveillance performed by Halton Region Public Health.

Six of eight Halton beaches were declared safe for swimming after testing in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills on Wednesday, July 26.

The following beaches have all been declared safe for swimming:

Beachway Park, 1094 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington

Brant Street Beach, Lakeshore/Brant St., Burlington

Kelso Beach, 5234 Kelso Rd., Milton

South Shell Park Beach, 3376 Lakeshore Rd. W.

Coronation Park East, 1426 Lakeshore Rd. W., Oakville

Coronation Park West, 1426 Lakeshore Rd. W., Oakville

Acton’s Prospect Park Old Beach, 30 Park Ave., has a cautionary label of ‘may be unsafe for swimming’ but hasn’t been tested since July 5.

During the summer months, Halton Region Public Health monitors water quality at selected recreational beaches in Halton Region. This is done as part of the Region’s commitment to protect the safety, health and well-being of all Halton residents.

From June until the Labour Day weekend Halton public beaches are routinely sampled every Wednesday. Since water quality can change day-to-day, or even hour-to-hour depending on many factors, beach goers cannot rely only on lab results.

Here are some factors beach goers need to take into consideration before swimming:

  • Rain has a significant impact on water quality. Rain washes contaminants into streams, rivers and lakes, increasing the bacterial levels. We do not recommend swimming for 24-48 hours after heavy rainfalls.
  • High winds can cause waves which stir up sand and silt, making the water cloudy. If the water appears cloudy (i.e. you can’t see your feet standing waist deep in the water), swimming is not recommended.
  • The presence of seagulls, geese, ducks, and their droppings can have a significant impact on water quality, increasing the bacterial levels.
  • Warmer water temperatures in shallow water are more favourable for bacterial growth and may increase bacterial levels.
  • Heavy algae growth or accumulation
  • Visible debris, metal, or sharp objects in the water or beach area

For more information about public beaches in Halton, visit the region’s website.

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