Summer Beach Reports

In 2020, the CRD began collecting water quality samples at recreational beaches in the capital region, coordinating with Island Health to interpret and disseminate results.

Samples are collected for beaches that are formally recognized public recreational water bathing areas, with lands controlled by a federal, provincial, regional or municipal body/agency, which provide access to ocean, lake or river water. These beaches are monitored to protect swimmers from illnesses that may be linked to unacceptable levels of bacteria. Swimming in contaminated water can result in increased risk of ear, nose and throat infections or gastrointestinal illnesses.

Updated throughout the summer, water sampling results of monitored South Island beaches can be found on the Island Health's Beach Report webpage. Island Health may issue a beach advisory to indicate that the water may be unsafe for swimming.

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Emergency Management BC

Formally known as Provincial Emergency Program (PEP).