Note: there are no lifeguards at Rouge Beach and a supervised swim program will not operate here.

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

There are no lifeguards at Rouge beach. Supervise children when near water.

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.


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