Located along the Kingston Waterfront Pathway in front of Providence Care Hospital, Hospital Beach is a small stone beach with shallow water that’s perfect for swimming, picnicking, or just enjoying a view of the lake. THe pathway leading to the water was recently renovated as part of Kingston's Waterfront Master Plan, so make sure to check it out! Surrounded by lots of green space and beside Lake Ontario Park, this beach is a popular spot for families, hospital staff, and anyone enjoying the Waterfront Pathway or the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
This beach is not monitored by lifeguards. There are no public washrooms available at the site. However, there are public washrooms available at Lake Ontario Park, about 500 metres west of Hospital Beach along the Waterfront Pathway which are open from the May long weekend until Thanksgiving.
Hospital Beach is one of five sites monitored by the community water monitoring hub in Kingston. Launched in 2020, the Kingston hub is one of six Swim Drink Fish hubs across the country. It is also a Lake Ontario Waterkeeper project. The hubs aim to grow connections between communities and local waterways by providing access to low-cost and accessible water monitoring tools for citizen scientists. Through water monitoring, the hub hopes to help inform community decisions about addressing pollution and protecting and restoring the Great Lakes.
We sample this site every Tuesday and process our samples with TECTA-PDS technology, which provides us water quality results in less than a day!
You can learn more about the initiative and how to get involved here: https://www.swimdrinkfish.ca/volunteer
This project has been undertaken with financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada.