Esquimalt Gorge Park

Esquimalt, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

BEACH INFO:
Esquimalt Gorge Park is located on the northern tip of the township of Esquimalt, British Columbia. It was first established as BC Electric Gorge Park in 1905 and in 1907, BC Electric officially opened Japanese Tea Gardens there, along with an amusement park and a floating sampan tearoom. The Japanese Gardens at Esquimalt Gorge Park was the first Japanese Gardens in North America, but the gardens fell victim to neglect and vandalism when the Takata family was relocated to the Interior BC and beyond during the early stages of WWII. In recent years, the township of Esquimalt has taken steps to refurbish the garden. A grand re-opening ceremony was held in 2009.

The park's popularity went into a decline until the 1950s when it was given to the Township of Esquimalt. It was upgraded through the generosity of the Kinsmen Club, after whom the park was named until 2006.

The gently rolling landscape of the park includes horticultural and forested areas. There are perennial borders, a rose garden, and many fine heritage trees, including a few hundred-year old umbrella pines. Benches are found along the waterway path, and picnic tables are scattered throughout the lawn areas.

Gorge Creek was restored in 2005 and is now home to native plants and wildfowl unique to the region.

The park is found on Tillicum Road just south of the Gorge Waterway. You can also enter on foot from Sioux Place, off Craigflower Road.

Dogs must be leashed and are not permitted in the playground area.

AMENITIES:
Playground with swing-set
Picnic tables
Park benches
Drinking fountain
Paved pathway along the water
Gorge Nature Centre
Washrooms

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
25°C
A mix of sun and clouds
MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled bi-weekly from 1 June to 30 September

SOURCE INFORMATION

Approximately 100 beaches are monitored by Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority). Island Health is split into three service delivery areas: North (20 beaches), Central (39 beaches), and South (40 beaches). Sampling is conducted from the beginning of May until Labour Day (September 4th, 2017).

Island Health follows the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines.
E. Coli Guidelines

200 E. coli / 100 mL – geometric mean (usually 5 samples)

400 E. coli / 100 mL – single sample maximum

Beaches are automatically posted when a sample result exceeds 1000 E. coli / 100 mL.

Island Health states that consideration is given to posting a beach advisory when the geometric mean exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 mL or a single results exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 mL. However, posting a beach advisory when samples exceed the geomean and/or single sample maximums are not automatic, and depend on the circumstances.

Enterococci Guidelines

35 enterococci / 100 mL – geometric mean at least 5 samples

70 enterococci / 100 mL – single sample maximum

Beaches are automatically posted when a sample result exceeds 175 Enterococci/ 100 mL.

Consideration is given to posting a beach advisory when the geometric mean exceeds 35 Enterococci / 100 mL or a single results exceeds 70 Enterococci / 100 mL.

Beach advisories will be automatically posted when a sample result of over 1000 E. coli or 175 Enterococci per sample is received, as studies indicate there is an elevated risk associated with these bacterial levels.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Esquimalt Gorge Park

Esquimalt, 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
25°C
A mix of sun and clouds

BEACH INFO:
Esquimalt Gorge Park is located on the northern tip of the township of Esquimalt, British Columbia. It was first established as BC Electric Gorge Park in 1905 and in 1907, BC Electric officially opened Japanese Tea Gardens there, along with an amusement park and a floating sampan tearoom. The Japanese Gardens at Esquimalt Gorge Park was the first Japanese Gardens in North America, but the gardens fell victim to neglect and vandalism when the Takata family was relocated to the Interior BC and beyond during the early stages of WWII. In recent years, the township of Esquimalt has taken steps to refurbish the garden. A grand re-opening ceremony was held in 2009.

The park's popularity went into a decline until the 1950s when it was given to the Township of Esquimalt. It was upgraded through the generosity of the Kinsmen Club, after whom the park was named until 2006.

The gently rolling landscape of the park includes horticultural and forested areas. There are perennial borders, a rose garden, and many fine heritage trees, including a few hundred-year old umbrella pines. Benches are found along the waterway path, and picnic tables are scattered throughout the lawn areas.

Gorge Creek was restored in 2005 and is now home to native plants and wildfowl unique to the region.

The park is found on Tillicum Road just south of the Gorge Waterway. You can also enter on foot from Sioux Place, off Craigflower Road.

Dogs must be leashed and are not permitted in the playground area.

AMENITIES:
Playground with swing-set
Picnic tables
Park benches
Drinking fountain
Paved pathway along the water
Gorge Nature Centre
Washrooms

MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled bi-weekly from 1 June to 30 September

SOURCE INFORMATION

Approximately 100 beaches are monitored by Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority). Island Health is split into three service delivery areas: North (20 beaches), Central (39 beaches), and South (40 beaches). Sampling is conducted from the beginning of May until Labour Day (September 4th, 2017).

Island Health follows the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines.
E. Coli Guidelines

200 E. coli / 100 mL – geometric mean (usually 5 samples)

400 E. coli / 100 mL – single sample maximum

Beaches are automatically posted when a sample result exceeds 1000 E. coli / 100 mL.

Island Health states that consideration is given to posting a beach advisory when the geometric mean exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 mL or a single results exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 mL. However, posting a beach advisory when samples exceed the geomean and/or single sample maximums are not automatic, and depend on the circumstances.

Enterococci Guidelines

35 enterococci / 100 mL – geometric mean at least 5 samples

70 enterococci / 100 mL – single sample maximum

Beaches are automatically posted when a sample result exceeds 175 Enterococci/ 100 mL.

Consideration is given to posting a beach advisory when the geometric mean exceeds 35 Enterococci / 100 mL or a single results exceeds 70 Enterococci / 100 mL.

Beach advisories will be automatically posted when a sample result of over 1000 E. coli or 175 Enterococci per sample is received, as studies indicate there is an elevated risk associated with these bacterial levels.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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