CAUTION: Swimming at Rouge Beach is strongly discouraged until lifeguard services can be restored. Storms may cause erosion and riptides. Water quality is frequently poor near the river outflow, approaching E. coli levels requiring mandatory closure.

Where to swim

Parks Canada is working closely with the City of Toronto to restore lifeguard services at Rouge Beach. Until then, swimming is strongly discouraged for safety. Visitors who choose to swim do so at their own risk.

Enjoy the smooth sandy beach and cool waters of Lake Ontario. Build castles in the sand or just relax in the sun.

Swimming safety

  • Water quality is not tested daily and E. Coli levels may be variable, particularly at the river outflow.
  • Storms may deposit debris such as branches and logs under the water. They may also cause erosion and changes to beach topography that pose unseen hazards to swimmers.
  • Rip currents are possible at Rouge Beach and can pose a challenge even to strong swimmers.
  • Supervise children when they’re in the water.
  • When thunder roars, go indoors; seek shelter in a vehicle or building.
  • Inflatable toys and floats are not recommended. Currents and surf can quickly draw these far from shore.
  • Water temperatures suitable for swimming are generally reached by June and continue through August. Swimming during the spring and fall in cold water can increase the risk of hypothermia. Be aware of hypothermia and how to treat it.
  • Please respect all instructions on Parks Canada signage in the area and check back here for the most up-to-date information.

Lifeguard update

Parks Canada and the City of Toronto are working together to restore a supervised swim program with lifeguards at Rouge Beach, although further site remediation work is required before a reopening date can be confirmed. There are a number of technical issues to be resolved before lifeguard services can be resumed, including assessing newly formed sand banks, accelerated erosion along the shoreline and a safety evaluation of the swimmable area. Please check back here for the most up-to-date information.


For more information on natural hazards, weather conditions, and planning a safe activity, please see our Visitor Safety page.