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Beaches & Swimming

Public Beach Monitoring

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit monitors public beaches for bacteria levels and posts warning signs when bacteria levels exceed provincial standards.

Examples of infections which can be acquired from swimming in water with high bacteria counts include conjunctivitis (eye infection), ear infections, nose infections and throat infections. Although more serious infections are possible, they are very rare.

When there is evidence that a beach has a high bacteria count and may be dangerous to the health of the users, a sign is posted advising the public that the water may be unsafe for swimming.


 Public Beaches by Area Municipality



Bracebridge Public Beaches


Huntsville Public Beaches


Gravenhurst Public Beaches

Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay Public Beaches

Muskoka Lakes

Muskoka Lakes Public Beaches

Lake of Bays

Lake of Bays Public Beaches