Lifeguards on Duty at Municipal Beaches Beginning Saturday
Seven municipal beaches are set to open with lifeguard supervision, beginning Saturday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
The City of Greater Sudbury operates seven public beaches at the following locations:
• Bell Park Main Beach on Ramsey Lake in Sudbury. GOVA Transit service via Route 1.
• Capreol Public Beach on Marshy Lake in Capreol. GOVA Transit service via Route 105.
• Kalmo Beach on Whitson Lake in Val Caron. GOVA Transit service via Route 105.
• Centennial Park Beach at 400 Graham Road, Whitefish. GOVA Transit service via Route 101 and GOVA Zone service.
• Moonlight Beach on Ramsey Lake in Sudbury. GOVA Transit service via Route 10.
• Nepahwin Beach on Nepahwin Lake in Sudbury. GOVA Transit service via Route 1.
• Whitewater Lake Park on Whitewater Lake in Azilda. GOVA Transit service via Route 104.
Please remember that lifeguards are not a substitute for adult supervision of children. Children must be supervised and within arm's reach of an adult caregiver at all times. Older children are reminded to swim with a buddy for greater safety.
COVID-19 precautions remain in place at beaches:
• Any person using the public beach, including when in the water, must ensure they maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from individuals who do not reside in their household.
• Be respectful of provincial restrictions on gatherings.
• If play structures are accessible and open for use, the use of face coverings is recommended (exemptions apply). Hand hygiene should be practised after use.
Washroom facilities at these beaches are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
For more information on municipal beaches, visit https://www.greatersudbury.ca/play/beaches-and-lakes/beaches/.
Two Municipal Beaches Awarded Blue Flags
Moonlight Beach and Bell Park Main Beach have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Canada certification again this year. Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches and marinas that meet high environmental, safety and cleanliness standards. Swim Drink Fish became the National Operator of the Blue Flag program in Canada in 2020.
Both beaches have good water quality that is monitored and posted online through the national site. Water quality looks at E. coli from. It is not affected by blue green algae, which is a natural occurrence throughout Ontario.
For the list of Canadian beaches awarded Blue Flags, visit https://www.swimdrinkfish.ca/news/blue-flags-awarded-to-23-beaches-10-marinas-in-canada-2021.
Seasonal Public Beach Water Testing
Between June 14 and June 25, Public Health Sudbury & Districts will begin the pre-seasonal assessment of all public beaches to ensure they are suitable for public recreational use. This includes sampling the water for E. coli and conducting safety checks for hazards that would render the beach area unsafe.
From June 28 to August 27, all public beach fronts will be inspected for safety hazards, and the water will be analyzed for E. coli bacteria on at least a monthly basis.
If water samples show elevated concentrations of bacteria, Public Health will post signs warning the public that the beach is unsafe for swimming. The swimming advisory signs remain at that beach until tests show that the bacteria levels are acceptable.
For more information on seasonal public beach water testing, visit https://www.phsd.ca/ or call Public Health at 705.522.9200, ext. 398 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).