Whytecliff Park

West Vancouver, British Columbia

Home to more than 200 marine animal species, Whytecliff Park is one of the first Marine Protected Areas in Canada where you're bound to catch a glimpse of Sea lions sunbathing on the beach during summer.

The park is perfect for family barbecues with ample space and public washrooms. The park also offers great hiking, swimming and is a popular location for underwater diving.

AMENITIES:
- playground
- concession
- ramp for divers with disabilities
- outdoor shower
- picnic shelter
- picnic tables
- washrooms

FIRST NATIONS PLACENAME:
St’e?x?w’t’ek?w’s (Squamish)

FIRST NATIONS HISTORY:
St’e?x?w’t’ek?w’s is a word that means “sheared off”. The story goes that there were two sínulh?ay? (double-headed serpents) going in opposite directions – one was going up Howe Sound and the other was coming down. They collided at St’e?x?w’t’ek?w’s and one of the sínulh?ay?’s heads came off. Other versions of this story say that the two sínulh?ay? had a battle and one bit the other one’s head off, cutting him in two. That is why there are also other names for the place which mean “cut up”.

Information from: http://squamishatlas.com/#

Photo: sonson - Flickr

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 27th, 2021. Fraser Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 4th, 2021 at 1:57 PM.
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Current Weather
2°C
Cloudy
Monitoring Frequency

Whytecliff Park is sampled weekly from May 10th to October 10th.

Source Information

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 based on the previous last five samples or a single sample limit of under 400 E.coli/100mL. Should the results exceed the guidelines 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. Data is shared on Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available. Data is typically available on Thursdays or 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 geometric mean results are under 200 E.coli/100 mL and single sample results are below 400 E.coli/100mL.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean results are equal to or above 200 E.coli/100 mL water or single sample results are above 400 E.coli/100 mL.

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

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Water Quality Graph

Whytecliff Park

West Vancouver, British Columbia

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 27th, 2021. Fraser Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 4th, 2021 at 1:57 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
2°C
Cloudy

Home to more than 200 marine animal species, Whytecliff Park is one of the first Marine Protected Areas in Canada where you're bound to catch a glimpse of Sea lions sunbathing on the beach during summer.

The park is perfect for family barbecues with ample space and public washrooms. The park also offers great hiking, swimming and is a popular location for underwater diving.

AMENITIES:
- playground
- concession
- ramp for divers with disabilities
- outdoor shower
- picnic shelter
- picnic tables
- washrooms

FIRST NATIONS PLACENAME:
St’e?x?w’t’ek?w’s (Squamish)

FIRST NATIONS HISTORY:
St’e?x?w’t’ek?w’s is a word that means “sheared off”. The story goes that there were two sínulh?ay? (double-headed serpents) going in opposite directions – one was going up Howe Sound and the other was coming down. They collided at St’e?x?w’t’ek?w’s and one of the sínulh?ay?’s heads came off. Other versions of this story say that the two sínulh?ay? had a battle and one bit the other one’s head off, cutting him in two. That is why there are also other names for the place which mean “cut up”.

Information from: http://squamishatlas.com/#

Photo: sonson - Flickr

Monitoring Frequency

Whytecliff Park is sampled weekly from May 10th to October 10th.

Source Information

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 based on the previous last five samples or a single sample limit of under 400 E.coli/100mL. Should the results exceed the guidelines 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. Data is shared on Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available. Data is typically available on Thursdays or 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 geometric mean results are under 200 E.coli/100 mL and single sample results are below 400 E.coli/100mL.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean results are equal to or above 200 E.coli/100 mL water or single sample results are above 400 E.coli/100 mL.

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

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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