Bowen Bay

Bowen Island, British Columbia

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.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 25th, 2020. Fraser Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on May 29th, 2020 at 5:56 PM.
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Current Weather
16°C
A few clouds
Monitoring Frequency

Bowen Bay is sampled weekly from May 1st from September 10th.

Source Information

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority monitors the water quality at 6 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 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 Beach Samples Results website. Fraser Riverkeeper updates Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available. 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.

Water Quality Graph

Bowen Bay

Bowen Island, British Columbia

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 25th, 2020. Fraser Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on May 29th, 2020 at 5:56 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
16°C
A few clouds

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 May 1st from September 10th.

Source Information

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority monitors the water quality at 6 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 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 Beach Samples Results website. Fraser Riverkeeper updates Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available. 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.

Water Quality Graph

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