Beach Water Quality in Hamilton

Holiday Closures
September 3, 2015 - 10:09am

Labour Day September 7, 2015 - What's Open and What's Closed?

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Labour Day, Monday, September 7, 2015.

For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-CITY (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, September 7.
  • 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 www.hamilton.ca/waste.
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, September 7.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/ Holiday Schedule on Monday, September 7.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.

ATS - DARTS

  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, September 7. All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, September 7. 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, September 7.

Recreation

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Battlefield House Museum &, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, The Hamilton Military Museum, Fieldcote Museum and Griffin House will be closed, Monday, August 3.
  • The Hamilton Children’s Museum reamins temporarily closed for renovations.

For more information about Civic Museums, please visit www.hamilton.ca/museums

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre (Lister Building, 28 James St. N.) will be is open Saturday, September 5, Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7 from 11 am to 3 pm. www.tourismhamilton.com

Hamilton Farmer’s Market Hours

  • Friday, September 4 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, September 5 - 7 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, September 6 - Closed
  • Monday, September 7 - Closed
  • Tuesday, September 8 - 8 am to 6 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All branches of the Hamilton Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 7 for Labour Day.
  • For more information on library hours, please visit: www.hpl.ca

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-CITY (2489)
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-3500
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-CITY (2489) or visit www.hamilton.ca/safewater

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, and will reopen Tuesday, September 8 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. W (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, September 7. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, September 8 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7.
  • 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, September 7, and will reopen on Tuesday, September 8.

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: www.hamilton.ca/parking

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: www.hamilton.ca/poa

The Provincial Offences Administration Office at 45 Main St. East, 4th Floor, Suite 408 (John Sopinka) Court House will be closed on Monday, September 7

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 31, 2015

Christie Conservation beach
1000 Highway 5 West, Dundas

Open
Tested: August 31, 2015

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

Open
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

Open
Tested: September 1, 2015

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

Open
Tested: September 1, 2015

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

Open
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.