Bowen Bay

Bowen Island, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

Directly north of Tunstall Bay lies Bowen Bay, a popular destination for young families due to its placid, shallow waters and sandy shores. Swim out to the float, and watch out for seals and seagulls. Public bathrooms are available.

Bowen Bay is also the site of the annual Bowen Island Polar Bear Swim on New Year's Day. The beach is served by local buses.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% 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
9°C
Mostly clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Bowen Bay is sampled weekly from June 1st to September 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority monitors the water quality at 7 Bowen Island beaches. Sampling is conducted during the height of swim season (May – September).

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 Bowen Island Municipality website (http://www.bimbc.ca/content/parks-and-environment). Fraser Riverkeeper updates Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available.

Test results from the weekly samples for the Bowen Island beaches are typically posted on Tuesdays. Recreational water quality for a beach is determined by E. coli counts analyzed by Vancouver Coastal Health.

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

Bowen Bay

Bowen Island, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% 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
9°C
Mostly clear

Directly north of Tunstall Bay lies Bowen Bay, a popular destination for young families due to its placid, shallow waters and sandy shores. Swim out to the float, and watch out for seals and seagulls. Public bathrooms are available.

Bowen Bay is also the site of the annual Bowen Island Polar Bear Swim on New Year's Day. The beach is served by local buses.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Bowen Bay is sampled weekly from June 1st to September 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority monitors the water quality at 7 Bowen Island beaches. Sampling is conducted during the height of swim season (May – September).

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 Bowen Island Municipality website (http://www.bimbc.ca/content/parks-and-environment). Fraser Riverkeeper updates Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available.

Test results from the weekly samples for the Bowen Island beaches are typically posted on Tuesdays. Recreational water quality for a beach is determined by E. coli counts analyzed by Vancouver Coastal Health.

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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