Eight of Durham’s 14 beaches are considered safe for swimming this week.
The Durham Region Health Department tests for elevated bacteria levels each week and says five local beaches have unacceptable levels of E coli and other potentially harmful bacteria.
As with last week, a small blue-green algae bloom was detected at Elgin Pond in Uxbridge. This means the pond was not tested this week.
The region has also posted a Blue-Green Algae sign at the pond, letting people know it’s not safe to swim if the water is “cloudy, green or soupy.”
Pets can also get very sick from the algae, so keep an eye on your furry friend if you’re walking near Elgin Pond.
Here’s the full list of where you can and can’t take a dip this weekend (safe beaches in bold):
- Beaverton Beach South (Brock) — Unsafe for swimming
- Beaverton Beach North (Brock) — Unsafe for swimming
- Bowmanville Beach East (Clarington) — Open and safe for swimming
- Bowmanville Beach West (Clarington) — Open and safe for swimming
- Elgin Pond (Uxbridge) — Not tested due to blue-green algae bloom
- Frenchman’s Bay East (Pickering) — Open and safe for swimming
- Frenchman’s Bay West (Pickering) — Open and safe for swimming
- Kinsmen Beach (Scugog) — Unsafe for swimming
- Lakeview Beach East (Oshawa) — Open and safe for swimming
- Lakeview Beach West (Oshawa) — Unsafe for swimming
- Newcastle Beach Central (Clarington) — Open and safe for swimming
- Paradise Beach (Ajax) — Unsafe for swimming
- Thorah Centennial Park (Brock) — Open and safe for swimming
- Whitby Beach (Whitby) — Open and safe for swimming
The health department also reminds you not to swim in beach water for at least 48 hours after heavy rain because bacteria levels can increase due to run-off.
Remember, the beaches that are open do have various COVID-19 restrictions in place, so be respectful, know the rules and keep your distance from others.