Public beaches are monitored for physical hazards and sources of contamination. Regular water samples are collected on a weekly basis during the spring and summer months, to monitor the bacteriological quality of the water to determine whether or not a beach is in compliance with the “Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality." It is recommended to beach operators that they post warning signs if the beach conditions are considered unsatisfactory for physical, chemical or biological reasons.
Fraser Health uses E. coli as the indicator for both marine and fresh water beaches.
Primary Contact Area
A primary contact area as defined in the “Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality” is where the whole body or the face and trunk are frequently immersed or the face is frequently wetted by spray, and where it is likely that some water will be swallowed. This includes swimming, surfing, waterskiing, whitewater canoeing/rafting/kayaking, windsurfing or subsurface diving.
Geometric mean of less than or equal to 200 E.coli bacteria / 100ml
Geometric mean of greater than 200 E.coli bacteria / 100ml, and/or a series of single sample results that exceed a maximum of 400 E.coli bacteria / 100ml and an assessment of the beach conditions has been done by Fraser Health. Swimming and activities listed above are not recommended.
Only beaches that have as a Geometric Mean will be listed . The Geometric Mean is a calculation that is based on a minimum of five samples.
If a beach is not listed below, it means that the beach is not routinely sampled, or less than five samples have been submitted this season.