Queen’s Royal Beach, located in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake at the foot of King Street (map), is the only public swimming beach on the Niagara River. The Niagara River Remedial Action Plan uses beach water quality as an indicator of the overall health of the Niagara River, as part of its goal to restore water quality and ecosystem health and thus remove it from the list of the Great Lakes Areas of Concern.
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has been working with several partners, through the Niagara River Remedial Action Plan (NRRAP) initiative, to address water quality concerns that impact the beach. Since 2018, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has collected water samples three times per week to monitor bacterial water quality at the beach during the swimming season (May to September). Sample analysis is provided by the Niagara Region Public Health Unit as part of their involvement in the NRRAP.
Keep yourself healthy!
Even if the beach results show it’s safe for swimming, there are conditions (weather, number of swimmers, wildlife, high wind/waves, cloudy water) that can cause bacteria levels to rise. Conditions at the beach can change over the days between beach sampling.
Bacteria in the water or sand can make you sick (ear, nose, or throat infections and diarrhea if ingested). There are ways to protect yourself from this, including:
- Avoiding swimming if it has rained in the past 24-48 hours;
- Do not swallow the water;
- Wash your hands before eating if you’ve gone swimming or played in the beach sand;
- Avoid swimming where there are a lot of geese or other wildlife present;
- Do not go swimming if the water is cloudy.
Contact the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake for more information: www.notl.org/queensroyalbeach or 905-468-3266