The Regional Municipality Of York

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Check the signs before swimming

York Region begins weekly beach water monitoring to advise residents of water quality

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York has begun the annual public beach monitoring program to monitor bacteria levels and help residents make an informed choice before entering the water.

People planning to visit a York Region beach can find water quality information by visiting, contacting Health Connection or reading the sign posted at the beach. A blue sign indicates acceptable levels of bacteria, while a red sign indicates more bacteria may be present leading to a greater chance of skin, ear, eye, nose or throat infections and stomach illnesses.

The blue sign also indicates bacteria levels may increase after heavy rain, so people should avoid entering the water for up to 48 hours after a rainfall.

Beach Water Signs

A blue sign indicates acceptable levels of bacteria in the water. A red sign indicates high levels of bacteria in the water.

York Region Public Health monitors the following beaches during the summer until the end of August:

Town of Georgina (Lake Simcoe Beaches)

  • Church Street Parkette
  • Claredon Beach Park
  • De La Salle Park
  • Franklin Beach
  • Glenwoods Park
  • Holmes Point Park
  • Jackson's Point Beach
  • Bonnie Park
  • North Gwillimbury Park
  • Peninsula Resort
  • Riverview Park
  • Sheppard Avenue Park
  • Willow Beach Park
  • Willow Wharf Dock

Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville (Musselman’s Lake)

  • Cedar Beach

For more information on the beach water sampling program or to find test results and water temperature of a specific beach, visit or call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-512-6228.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to almost 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 595,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Media Contact:
Joe Chawla, Community and Health Services,
The Regional Municipality of York
Tel: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 77240
After-hours: 905-806-1216

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