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.

Current beach water quality test results


Binbrook Conservation beach
5050 Harrison Road, Binbrook

Not posted - swim with caution
Tested: June 29, 2015

Christie Conservation beach
1000 Highway 5 West, Dundas

Not posted - swim with caution
Tested: July 2, 2015

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

Not posted - swim with caution
Tested: June 29, 2015

Bayfront beach
200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamilton

Posted - unsafe to swim
Tested: July 2, 2015

Pier 4 beach
Bay Street North at Leander Drive, Hamilton

Posted - unsafe to swim
Tested: July 2, 2015


Beach Boulevard
Beach Boulevard, Hamilton

Not posted - swim with caution
Tested: July 2, 2015

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

Not Posted - swim with caution
Tested: July 2, 2015

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

Not posted - swim with caution
Tested: July 2, 2015

Swim with caution logoWhen a beach is not posted

  • 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 posted

  • it is unsafe to swim
  • warning signs are posted at the beach due to high levels of E.coli bacteria

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.