Beaches and Pools

grand parent and two children on the beach, facing the water

Contact(s)

Testing Beach Water

There are 32 public beaches tested for E.Coli in the Health Unit district.  Water samples are taken regularly by Health Unit staff during the summer.

Water quality is affected by rainfall, wave action, water and air temperatures, water fowl, storm water outflows, industrial waste discharges, septic system discharges, and agricultural runoff.

You can't tell by looking at the water if it has E. coli. If the water has high levels of bacteria, you may get ear, nose, eye, and throat irritations, and stomach disorders.

If you or someone you know is ill after swimming at a public beach or complains of swimmer's itch, please call the Health Unit at 705-474-1400 extension 5400 or 1-800-563-2808. 

Test results for weekly tested beaches for the week of June 17, 2019

 

Municipality

Sampled Beaches

Status (Open, Posted, Closed, Not Tested)

North Bay

Birchaven Cove

Open

North Bay

Marathon Beach

Open

North Bay

Olmsted Beach

Open

Open = E. coli bacteria levels are within acceptable range at the time of sampling. 

Posted = E. coli bacteria levels are high. It is not safe to swim in the water.

Closed = A health hazard exists and patrons are not permitted access to the beach area.

Not Tested = For various reasons such as a harmful algal bloom is present, high water levels and/or debris are in the area. 

Test results for monthly tested beaches as of June 17, 2019

 

Municipality

Sampled Beaches

Status (Open, Posted, Closed, Not Tested)

McDougall

Bell Lake Beach

Open

East Ferris

Big Moose Beach

Open

Callander

Callander Bay Beach

Open

Callander

Callander Centennial Park Beach

Open

North Bay

Champlain Park Beach

Open

McKellar

Community Centre Beach

Open

McMurrich-Monteith

Doe Lake Beach

Open

Armour

Doe Lake Park Beach

Open

Whitestone

Dunchurch Beach

Open

North Bay

Elks Lodge Park Beach

Open

North Bay

Eva Wardlaw Park Beach

Open

Carling

Fitzgerald Beach

Open

Seguin

Foley Matheson Park & Beach

Open

Seguin

Horseshoe Lake Beach

Open

Sundridge

Lions Park Beach

Open

Magnetawan

Magnetawan Centennial Park Beach

Open

Seguin

Maple Key Park & Beach

Open

Mattawa

Mattawa Beach

Not Tested

Kearney

McManus Beach

Open

McDougall

Nobel Beach Park

Open

Perry

Perry Clear Lake Beach

Open

Seguin

Rosseau Waterfront Park

Open

Parry Sound

Sail Parry Sound Site Beach

Open

Carling

Shebeshekong Beach

Open

Strong

South Lake Bernard Beach

Open

McKellar

Stewart Park Beach

Open

West Nipissing

Sturgeon Falls Beach

Open

North Bay

Sunset Park Beach

Open

Parry Sound

Waubuno Beach

Open

Open = E. coli bacteria levels are within acceptable range at the time of sampling. 

Posted = E. coli bacteria levels are high. It is not safe to swim in the water.

Closed = A health hazard exists and patrons are not permitted access to the beach area.

Not Tested = For various reasons such as a harmful algal bloom is present, high water levels and/or debris are in the area. 

 

What are the signs?

Unsafe for swimming

signage indicating water is unsafe for swimming

This means E. coli bacteria levels are high. It is not safe to swim in the water

 

 Rainfall warning

signage indicating rainfall warning for public swimming

 For 48 hours after a heavy rainfall, the E. coli levels may increase. Stay out of the water after it rains.

 

Swimmer's itch

signage indicating swimmer's itch can be a problem at this beach

This sign means swimmer's itch can be a problem at this beach.

Swimmer's itch may be found in some lakes during the warm swimming season (July, August).  The itch is a reaction to a parasite in the water that causes a rash. Swimmer's itch is not a public health risk. Most cases of swimmer's itch do not require medical attention.

 

North Bay

345 Oak Street West
705-474-1400

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302
705-746-5801

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)
1-800-563-2808