Five of 19 Niagara beaches unsafe for swimming this weekend


Published August 18, 2023 at 2:08 pm

Centennial Cedar Bay Beach in Port Colborne is looking pretty sandy but the region says to stay out of the water this weekend, due to ecoli levels.

The unusually cooler summer continues to have a positive effect on Niagara area beaches as just five of the region’s 19 shoreline sandboxes have been tested and deemed unsafe for swimming this weekend.

Crescent Beach and Waverly Beach, both in Fort Erie, are deemed unfit to swim as the first has high ecoli levels while the second tested for high algae.

Fifty Point Conservation Beach in Grimsby has also tested as unsafe due to ecoli, the same results that Centennial Cedar Bay Beach in Port Colborne turned up.

Long Beach in Wainfleet also ended up too high on the ecoli levels.

At its peak this summer, seven beaches were unsafe for swimming back in July.

Getting the green light for splashing this weekend is Bay Beach, and Bernard Avenue Beach, both in Fort Erie, as well as two Grimsby beaches – Nelles Beach, and Casablanca Beach. Also safe for swimming is Charles Daley Park Beach in Lincoln, Queen’s Royal Beach in Niagara-on-the-Lake, as well as Wainfleet Lake Erie Public Access Beach.

There are still lots of safe sandy spots in Port Colborne so bring your bathing suits to Nickel Beach, Sherkston Elco Beach, Sherkston Quarry Beach, and Sherkston Wyldewood Beach.

Both St. Catharines beaches – Sunset Beach and Lakeside Beach – look good to go, as is Reebs Beach and Lake Erie Public Access Beach, both in Wainfleet.

The warmest beach water temperature was 24C at both Sherkston Quarry Beach while the coldest was 19.5C at Casablanca Beach.

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