Shawne McKeown
Torontonians seeking relief from the heat this weekend have a wide choice of city beaches at which to swim. Eight beaches are flying the blue flag this summer.
The temperature is forecast to reach a high of 26 degrees Celsius Saturday and a sticky 31C Sunday. See the full forecast here.
This summer will mark the first year Bluffer’s Beach ranks among the city’s blue flag beaches — a designation handed out by Environmental Defence indicating a beach is safe to swim at.
The other blue flag local beaches include: Kew-Balmy Beach, Woodbine Beach, Cherry Beach, Ward’s Island Beach, Centre Island Beach, Gibraltar Point Beach and Hanlan’s Point Beach.
Marie Curtis Park Beach, Rouge Beach and Sunnyside Beach have not received the blue flag designation.
City officials take daily water samples at beaches every day between June and the end of August. The samples are tested for E. coli and if the levels exceed the provincial standard, Toronto Public Health posts warning signs.