Beach Water Quality in Hamilton

Holiday Closures
October 8, 2015 - 9:59am

Thanksgiving October 12, 2015 - What's Open and What's Closed?

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Thanksgiving, Monday, October 12, 2015

For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green bin, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, October 12.
  • Pick up will be one day later than your regularly scheduled collection day.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, October 12.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/ Holiday Schedule on Monday, October 12.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.


  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, October 12. All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, October 12. If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.
  • ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, October 12.


  • All recreation/ aquatic centres, arenas and seniors centres will be closed on Monday, October 12.

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, The Hamilton Military Museum, Fieldcote Museum and Griffin House will be closed, Monday, October 12.
  • The Hamilton Children’s Museum reamins temporarily closed for renovations.

For more information about Civic Museums, please visit

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre (Lister Building, 28 James St. N.) will be is open from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday, October 12.

Hamilton Farmer’s Market Hours

  • Sunday, October 11 - Closed
  • Monday, October 12 - Closed
  • Tuesday, October 13 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, October 14 - Closed
  • Thursday, October 15 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, October 16 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, October 17 - 7 am to 5 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All branches of the Hamilton Public Library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12.
  • For more information on library hours, please visit:

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-2489
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-3500
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-2489 or visit

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, October 12, and will reopen Tuesday, October 13 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. W (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, October 12. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, October 13 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Monday, October 12.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433.

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, October 12, and will reopen on Tuesday, October 13.

The locations are:

  • Ancaster: 300 Wilson Street East (map)
  • Dundas: 60 Main St. (map)
  • Flamborough: 7 Innovation Drive, First floor (map) New - temporary location
  • Glanbrook: 4280 Binbrook Rd. (map)
  • Stoney Creek: 777 Hwy. 8 (map)

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Violations

Online payments can be made at:

Payment of Parking Violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre (see addresses above) or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

Online payments can be made anytime at:

The Provincial Offences Administration Office at 45 Main St. East, 4th Floor, Suite 408 (John Sopinka) Court House will be closed on Monday, October 12.

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.  Beach water quality testing will resume in May 2016.

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

Tested: August 31, 2015

Christie Conservation beach
1000 Highway 5 West, Dundas

Tested: August 31, 2015

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

Tested: August 31, 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

Tested: September 1, 2015

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

Tested: September 1, 2015

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

Tested: September 1, 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.  

Contact us

For more information: