Sunset Beach, West Vancouver beaches closed for swimming due to high levels of E. coli

Dec 19 2017, 11:29 am

A no swimming and wading advisory has been issued for four beaches due to high levels of E. coli.

Water quality tests performed on Thursday indicated there were high levels of bacteria at Downtown Vancouver’s Sunset Beach and West Vancouver’s Eagle Harbour Beach, Ambleside Beach, Sandy Cove Beach and Dundarave Beach.

For West Vancouver’s beaches, this is the second time in two weeks that a warning has been issued. At the time, the readings for E. coli were so high a definitive measurement could not be made on the typical scale used.

The warning for West Vancouver beach waters was temporarily called off last week due to tests that showed the bacteria levels had dropped, largely due to the cool, wet weather. However, the bacteria readings have since soared again due to the return of sunny, warm weather.

New tests conducted yesterday also indicated bacteria levels at False Creek East near Science World has risen to a new summer 2014 record of 1,806 per 100 mL of water.

The Canadian Recreational Water Quality Guidelines recommend a level of less than 200 E. coli bacteria per 100 mL of water for primary contact recreational activities such as swimming.

Symptoms of E. coli sickness include bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and a low-grade fever.

Beach Water Quality as of July 31

West Vancouver

  • Ambleside: 246
  • Dundarave: 332
  • Sandy Cove: 253
  • Eagle Harbour: 502
  • Whytecliffe Park: 126

English Bay

  • Third: 29
  • Second: 34
  • English Bay: 62
  • Sunset: 405
  • Kitsilano Point: 114
  • Kitsilano Beach: 57
  • Jericho: 20
  • Locarno: 17
  • Spanish Banks: 17

False Creek

  • False Creek West: 402
  • False Creek Central: 367
  • False Creek East: 1806

North Vancouver

  • Cates Park: 23
  • Deep Cove: 115

Wreck Beach

  • Foreshore East: 25
  • Foreshore West, Acadia: 17
  • Trail 4, Towers: 33
  • Trail 6, Breakwater: 27
  • Trail 7, Oasis: 107


  • Iona: 16
  • Garry Point: 24

Trout Lake

  • Trout Lake: 122


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