Beach Water Quality in Hamilton

The City of Hamilton monitors the recreational water quality at the following beaches for levels of E. coli bacteria from Victoria Day in May to Labour Day in September each year.

Read about the Bayfront and Pier 4 beach closures due to the presence of toxin producing blue-green algae and the Bayfront Park boat launch.

Current beach water quality test results


Binbrook Conservation beach
5050 Harrison Road, Binbrook

Open
Tested: August 24, 2015

Christie Conservation beach
1000 Highway 5 West, Dundas

Open
Tested: August 24, 2015

Valens Conservation beach
1691 Regional Road 97, RR 6, Flamborough

Open
Tested: August 27, 2015


Bayfront beach
200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamilton

Closed due to the presence of toxin producing blue-green algae
Tested: August 26, 2015

Pier 4 beach
Bay Street North at Leander Drive, Hamilton

Unsafe to swim logoClosed due to the presence of toxin producing blue-green algae
Tested: August 26, 2015


Beach Boulevard
Beach Boulevard, Hamilton

Open
Tested: August 25, 2015

Confederation Park beach
680 Van Wagner's Beach Road, Hamilton

Open
Tested: August 25, 2015

Van Wagners beach
180 Van Wagner's Beach Road, Hamilton

Open
Tested: August 25, 2015

Swim with caution logoWhen a beach is open

  • you should swim with caution
  • there are no warning signs posted at the beach
  • levels of bacteria were within the acceptable range on the date tested

Unsafe to swim logoWhen a beach is unsafe to swim

  • E. coli levels are above acceptable levels
  • there is an increased risk of illness or infection due to poor water quality
  • warning signs are posted at the beach 

Beach water quality testing

We monitor beaches in accordance with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's Beach Management Protocol, 2014 under the Ontario Public Health Standards.  The protocol requires that we take water samples at the beaches listed above and test for E.coli at least once a week during the swimming season – Victoria Day to Labour Day. 

Beach water quality test results

High numbers of E. coli in the water at public beaches indicates contamination with feces and the potential presence of other harmful microorganisms in the water. The provincial standard is 100 E. coli bacteria cells per 100 ml of water or 100 colony forming units per 100 ml.  

E. coli concentrations at or above the standard could cause an increased risk of infection.  Swimming in these waters could cause infections in ears, eyes, nose, throat and skin as well as cause diarrhea if the water is ingested.