Even though it’s only May, summer in Toronto is only a month away and that means it’s almost time to hit the beach.
The city has 11 beaches that are technically open all year round, but are not always in perfect condition for swimming.
As of May, the City of Toronto’s website states that all beaches are “closed for the season,” meaning the beach is not maintained or monitored. It also means that toilets and other facilities can also be closed.
According to the website, the beaches are open from June to September, with lifeguard supervision and maintenance seven days a week from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. Toilets and other facilities are also open during this period.
If you visit one of the several spots, the city asks you to clean up your litter to keep the beaches clean. If not, you risk a $300 fine.
If you’re looking for a place to swim, eight beaches in Toronto have been awarded Blue Flag certification, which means they meet high safety, environmental and cleanliness standards.
The other beaches may be better off for sunbathing or playing volleyball, but swimmers should check the water quality before taking a dip to make sure the water is safe.
The city also advises beachgoers to swim within designated areas and not to swim if there is no lifeguard on duty.