Make the most of your Labour Day weekend with Great Lakes Guide

As you consider the last few activities on your summer checklist, consider a trip to a provincial park along Lake Ontario’s shores. They offer places to swim, hike, paddle, camp and relax. One trip with multiple possibilities. Summer happens by the water and provincial parks connect you with Lake Ontario.Use Great Lakes Guide to make the most of this Labour Day weekend.Here are five parks to visit near Lake Ontario: 1. Presqu’ile Provincial ParkLooking for a…

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Swim Drink Fish: Statement

After yesterday's rainfall we encourage Toronto residents and visitors to report any sightings of sewage and pollution in the Inner Harbour, Don River, Humber River and Black Creek areas to 311 Toronto via phone, email and social media. It is advised to avoid swimming for 48-hours after rainfall.Lake Ontario Waterkeeper's Toronto Harbour Water Monitoring results from Tuesday, August 21st will be available today after 12pm. There will not be sampling conducted today. Thursday, August 23rd…

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Three things to remember for open-water swimming

Summer can leave you wondering where to swim. In Great Lakes cities you don't have to wander far. You have the privilege of escaping the pool and jumping into the open water. With hundreds of kilometres of Lake Ontario shoreline, the opportunity for open-water swimming is all around you. And jumping in is one of the best ways to get to know your local waters. Here are three things to remember for open-water swimming:1. Check the water…

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Letter to City of Toronto requesting sewage spill cleanup – August 2018

Sewage spilled into the Toronto Harbour following heavy rains earlier this week. Photo taken August 8, 2018 by Flavia Lopez. The average rainfall for the entire month of August landed on Toronto in a single 24-hour period on August 7, 2018. Heavy rainfall is known to cause sewage spills on the Toronto waterfront, so the Swim Drink Fish Monitoring Team went to Harbourfront on the morning of August 8, 2018. They found evidence of a…

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Cautionary warning to all Toronto waterfront users after sewage spill

Last night’s heavy rainfall caused a sewage spill in Toronto’s Inner Harbour. Toronto waterfront users should avoid contact with the water for at least 48 hours to reduce exposure to bacteria and waterborne illnesses. Our Toronto Harbour Monitoring Team sampled Toronto's Inner Harbour this morning and will post results to Swim Guide tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, August 9th). Please stay tuned to this blog for further updates from Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. If you visit Toronto's Inner Harbour today, please…

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Swimming in Lake Ontario: Five beaches to explore this weekend

Can I swim in Lake Ontario? Is it safe to swim in Lake Ontario? But where would I swim even if it is safe?Have you ever asked yourself one (or all) of these questions? Here are the answers to those questions and five Lake Ontario beaches to explore this weekend.Can I swim in Lake Ontario?Yes! Lake Ontario offers fantastic swimming at many beaches. Not all beaches are ‘public beaches’, some are naturally occurring ‘wild beaches’…

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Line in the sand: What I saw and heard at the Breakwater Park and Gord Edgar Downie Pier opening

Opening day at Breakwater Park and the unveiling of the Gord Edgar Downie Pier. Photo by Swim Drink Fish. There is something unique about the sound of wet feet running on wood.Thwap thwap thwap thwapThe wood resonates after the feet move on.That sound is my most powerful memory from today, the re-opening of Kingston’s Breakwater Park and the unveiling of the Gord Edgar Downie swimming pier.The wood-slatted bridge connects the land to the cement pier,…

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Swim Drink Fish and the City of Kingston unveil the Gord Edgar Downie Pier

Kingston Mayor (left) and Patrick Downie (right) cross the bridge from Breakwater Park to the new Gord Edgar Downie swimming pier. July 26, 2018. Photo by Swim Drink Fish. July 27, 2018–Kingston, Ontario -- The Gord Edgar Downie Pier was officially unveiled during the re-opening ceremonies of Breakwater Park yesterday.Hundreds of attendees came to experience the new Breakwater Park features, including a new promenade, pedestrian bridge and shade structure, pier upgrades, steps and seating, shoreline works…

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Gratitude Swim celebrates Swim Drink Fish movement and Gord Edgar Downie Pier

On July 26, 2018, we unveil the Gord Edgar Downie Pier at Breakwater Park in Kingston. It’s a day of celebration and gratitude. We can't think of a better way to celebrate than jumping into the water for a swim - a Gratitude Swim. The Gratitude Swim follows the Gord Edgar Downie Pier dedication with the City of Kingston and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. It celebrates the decades of hard work, from you and…

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Gord Edgar Downie Pier at Breakwater Park reclaims Kingston’s waterfront

Photo by Dylan Neild As you stand on the edge of the new Gord Edgar Downie Pier on July 26th and prepare to jump in, we ask you to take a moment. Pause. Reflect. This day has been decades in the making.A long history bonds Lake Ontario Waterkeeper with Kingston. It’s where Waterkeeper launched in June 2001 and where Mark Mattson, President and Waterkeeper, met Gord Downie years earlier. Gord, who lived across from the…

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