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Water, water, everywhere

Have Fun, Be Safe

There is water everywhere in Ontario – an estimated 250,000 lakes! Our own City of Toronto borders the magnificent Lake Ontario, and there are a large number of rivers as well as small lakes and streams in our parks and ravines. Toronto also is home to some Blue Flag Beaches, an internationally recognized standard of excellence awarded for beaches that achieve high standards in several areas including water quality, safety, available services, and environmental education and management.

Outside of Toronto, Ontario has many fresh water lakes within an hour’s drive – Lake Scucog to the east, Lake Simcoe and Wasaga Beach to to the north and farther west, beautiful Lake Huron stretching from Point Clark to Southhampton.  You can also enjoy more “man-made water-holes” in the City. There are approximately 58 outdoor swimming pools in Toronto as well as many indoor pools, wading pools and splash pads.

For a full listing visit toronto.ca/swim.

Throughout the summer season, city residents travel to summer camps and cottages where they swim and boat in vacation areas such as Haliburton, Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound and Grey Bruce to name a few.  No matter where you take a refreshing dip or fun ride, take water safety seriously.

Water Safety Tips

  • Drinking and swimming is very dangerous
  • Never dive into unknown waters
  • Don’t dive from rooftops, balconies, ledges, fences, bridges, cliffs, etc.
  • Children around water must be watched constantly. Never leave them alone.  Inner tubes, floats, even life jackets are never a substitute for adult supervision.
  • Always know where there is a lifebuoy on a rope so if necessary, you can pull someone to safety without endangering your own life.
  • NEW Pleasure Craft Regulations

    Due to new laws and regulations for those who operate a boat or personal watercraft, you now must be 16 years of age to operate a “personal water craft” and carry a valid boat licence. If you are found operating a personal water craft without a valid licence, you may receive a $250 fine. For full details visit www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/faq/other.shtml