English Bay

Vancouver, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

BEACH INFO:
Located in the core of downtown on Stanley Parks’ seawall system, English Bay is Vancouver's most popular sandy beach for visitors all ages. Sunbathers, swimmers, kayakers and sand volleyball players frequent this stretch of beach.

AMENITIES:
Public washrooms, restaurants, shops, seawall.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
7°C
Mostly clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

English Bay is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 30th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Special note: Data on Swim Guide corresponds with the date that samples were collected. However, sample dates are unavailable for Vancouver beaches at this time. Data is displayed based on the VCH test results shared on Thursdays. Please note that for Vancouver the data entry date corresponds with the date samples became available, rather than the date that samples became available.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) monitors the water quality at 31 Vancouver-area beaches. Sampling is conducted during the height of swim season (May – September) and for the annual Polar Bear Swim (December).

VCH follows the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines. Recreational water is considered safe if the geometric mean result is under 200 E.coli/100mL. Should the geometric mean exceed 200 E.coli/100 mL, or in the event of a known hazard or spill, the Medical Health Officer will make an assessment of the risk to human health. If there is a risk to human health, a warning sign will be posted at the beach stating “This Water is Contaminated and Unsafe for Swimming.” Results are communicated on the Vancouver Coastal Health website (http://www.vch.ca/your-environment/water-quality/recreational-water/beach-water-quality-report/beach-water-quality-report). Data is share on Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available. Data is typically available on Thursdays or Fridays.

Test results from the weekly samples for the Vancouver-area beaches are typically posted on Fridays. Recreational water quality for a beach is determined by E. coli counts from the Greater Vancouver Regional District Water Quality Laboratory.

A beach is marked Green when single sample results are under 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

English Bay

Vancouver, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
7°C
Mostly clear

BEACH INFO:
Located in the core of downtown on Stanley Parks’ seawall system, English Bay is Vancouver's most popular sandy beach for visitors all ages. Sunbathers, swimmers, kayakers and sand volleyball players frequent this stretch of beach.

AMENITIES:
Public washrooms, restaurants, shops, seawall.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

English Bay is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 30th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Special note: Data on Swim Guide corresponds with the date that samples were collected. However, sample dates are unavailable for Vancouver beaches at this time. Data is displayed based on the VCH test results shared on Thursdays. Please note that for Vancouver the data entry date corresponds with the date samples became available, rather than the date that samples became available.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) monitors the water quality at 31 Vancouver-area beaches. Sampling is conducted during the height of swim season (May – September) and for the annual Polar Bear Swim (December).

VCH follows the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines. Recreational water is considered safe if the geometric mean result is under 200 E.coli/100mL. Should the geometric mean exceed 200 E.coli/100 mL, or in the event of a known hazard or spill, the Medical Health Officer will make an assessment of the risk to human health. If there is a risk to human health, a warning sign will be posted at the beach stating “This Water is Contaminated and Unsafe for Swimming.” Results are communicated on the Vancouver Coastal Health website (http://www.vch.ca/your-environment/water-quality/recreational-water/beach-water-quality-report/beach-water-quality-report). Data is share on Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available. Data is typically available on Thursdays or Fridays.

Test results from the weekly samples for the Vancouver-area beaches are typically posted on Fridays. Recreational water quality for a beach is determined by E. coli counts from the Greater Vancouver Regional District Water Quality Laboratory.

A beach is marked Green when single sample results are under 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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