You can now swim at Queen’s Royal Beach worry-free.
As of Saturday, July 23, the Region of Niagara listed Queen’s Royal as safe to swim in.
The beach saw several closures over the past couple of weeks due to high levels of E. coli.
Queen’s Royal is a popular destination for visitors to swim, visit NOTL’s famous gazebo, or enjoy a picnic.
Depending on annual assessments and how many people have been usin the beach, the region tests several beaches in Niagara between one and six times a week.
According to the Swim Guide, Queen’s Royal is sampled weekly from May 17 to Sept. 15.
It is not known how long the beach will remain open for swimming.
There are many factors that can cause E. coli levels to rise, such as a large number of swimmers, high winds and high waves. Levels could also rise due to a large number of birds and heavy rainfall.
Niagara beaches are monitored not only for E. Coli, but also for algae growth and safety concerns such as debris and spills.
Somer Slobodian, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Lake Report