CAUTION: Swimming at Rouge Beach is currently not recommended until lifeguard services can be restored. Site remediation work is underway before a reopening date can be confirmed.

A day at the beach is a tradition for many park visitors. Take a dip in the lake, build castles in the sand, or just relax in the sun! There is endless fun to be had at Rouge Beach.

A refreshing swim at Rouge Beach is a popular activity on a hot summer day. Enjoy the smooth sandy beach and cool waters of Lake Ontario at this popular swimming spot in the GTA!

Washrooms are seasonally available and parking is located on site.

Visitors to Rouge National Urban Park should also be well prepared and self-sufficient. Currently there are no in-park visitor services and amenities throughout the park are greatly reduced.

Swimming safety

Once the E.coli bacteria count exceeds 100 (E.coli/100 ml) swimming is not recommended. If the E. coli count is higher than 1000, it is NOT SAFE for swimming and the beach is CLOSED. To check the most recent E.coli levels, please visit the City of Toronto website.

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.

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. Swimming at Rouge Beach is currently not recommended until lifeguard services can be restored.


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