Beach Water Testing

Every summer between June and September (Labour Day weekend), the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) collects water samples from public beaches within Simcoe and Muskoka.

The SMDHU test the water samples for levels of E. coli bacteria. When elevated levels of E. coli are present in the water samples, the beach may be posted with an advisory warning indicating it is unsafe for swimming, or the beach may be closed. Bacteria levels can increase in recreational beach water due to heavy rainfall, cloudy water, a large number of swimmers, a large number of birds, shallow water, wet sand, wind and high waves.

The Town of Penetanguishene offers a few different options when it comes to beaches for enjoying the warm weather. Rotary Champlain Wendat Park and Huronia Park all offer sandy beaches, great swimming areas along with other amenities including playgrounds, pavilions, washrooms and much more. Accessible by foot or by car these beaches are a great way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Penetanguishene Beaches

Rotary Champlain Wendat Park

Location: The corner of Water Street and Scott Street, Penetanguishene

Splash Pad
Skate Park

Huronia Park

Location: 250 Fox Street, Penetanguishene

Play Area
Play Area

Beach Amenities 

  Rotary Champlain Wendat Park  Huronia Park
Free Parking
Washroom Facilities
Garbage & Recycling
Picnic Tables
Covered Shelter
Restaurants within walking distance  

Frequently Asked Questions

Permanent bathroom facilities located at the Beach Parks are open daily from 8 am - 8 pm starting on the May 24 long weekend until Thanksgiving long weekend in October. Please note that the times do vary slightly as the Park's Staff drive to each location to open and close washrooms. 

Users are reminded that personal items/private property cannot be left overnight or stored on municipally-owned property for any reason, including for the purpose of reserving beach space. This includes but is not limited to chairs, watercrafts, barbeques, boat launches/docks/lifts, decks/platforms, fire pits, delineation, umbrellas and tents. These temporary encroachments will be tagged and removed by Municipal Law Enforcement Officers at the owner's expense.

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