Only four beaches safe for long weekend swimming in Brock, Clarington and Pickering


Published June 29, 2023 at 11:50 am

Bacterial testing has found only four beaches in Durham Region are safe for swimming over the Canada Day long weekend.

The Region runs weekly bacteria tests to ensure the waters of Lake Ontario, Lake Scugog and Lake Simcoe have low enough levels to wade in. The summer started strong with all beaches open in the first round. However, some heavy rains across the region led to the closing of all beaches the following week.

Tests for the week of June 29 show only a few have stabilized enough to be deemed safe. These are:

  • Beaverton North at Wellington St. and Victoria St. on Lake Simcoe
  • Bowmanville West at West Beach Rd. and Cove Rd.
  • both Frenchman’s Bay beaches at Wharf St. and Liverpool Rd. and West Shore Blvd. and Beachpoint Promenade, respectively

All other beaches lare currently unsafe:

  • Paradise Beach (Ajax)
  • Beaverton South and Thorah Centennial Park (Brock)
  • Bowmanville East, Newcastle Beach Central (Clarington)
  • Lakeview Beach East and Lakeview Beach West (Oshawa)
  • Frenchman’s Bay East and Frenchman’s Bay West (Pickering)
  • Kinsmen Beach (Scugog)
  • Heydenshore Park and Iroquois Beach (Whitby)


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