Tahsis River Swimming Hole

Managed by The Swim Guide

Tahsis, city with beautiful rugged and rocky terrain, has a fjord that is ideal for kayaking and provides access to many wilderness trails.

Tahsis was little more than a tiny fur trading outpost until logging was introduced in the early 1900s. Tahsis expanded in the 1950s and a small village developed. In 1972, the road from Tahsis to Gold River opened to the public, and more families came to settle. This area has a reputation for world class swimming, and massive amounts of wild salmon migrate to their spawning grounds here every year

Tahsis is famous for its hiking, some of it’s most well known hiking trails include: Coral Cave Trail or the Lookout Trail, The Maquinna Trail, The Woss Lake Grease Trail, and The Nootka Trail.

These trails are suitable for experienced hikers, most take at least a day to complete, and it is recommended that hikers take water, as little drinkable water is available along the trails.

Coral Cave Trail and the Lookout Trail are the easiest of the hikes and can be completed within a day. These trails can be accessed from a logging road, that’s just passed Maquinna Resort at the end of town. Each trail takes 3 to 4 hours to complete and offers breathtaking views of the Tahsis Inlet.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Special Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 27th, 2015. 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
Fog
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Tahsis River Swimming Hole is not sampled

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

Tahsis River Swimming Hole

Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Special Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 27th, 2015. 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
Fog

Tahsis, city with beautiful rugged and rocky terrain, has a fjord that is ideal for kayaking and provides access to many wilderness trails.

Tahsis was little more than a tiny fur trading outpost until logging was introduced in the early 1900s. Tahsis expanded in the 1950s and a small village developed. In 1972, the road from Tahsis to Gold River opened to the public, and more families came to settle. This area has a reputation for world class swimming, and massive amounts of wild salmon migrate to their spawning grounds here every year

Tahsis is famous for its hiking, some of it’s most well known hiking trails include: Coral Cave Trail or the Lookout Trail, The Maquinna Trail, The Woss Lake Grease Trail, and The Nootka Trail.

These trails are suitable for experienced hikers, most take at least a day to complete, and it is recommended that hikers take water, as little drinkable water is available along the trails.

Coral Cave Trail and the Lookout Trail are the easiest of the hikes and can be completed within a day. These trails can be accessed from a logging road, that’s just passed Maquinna Resort at the end of town. Each trail takes 3 to 4 hours to complete and offers breathtaking views of the Tahsis Inlet.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Tahsis River Swimming Hole is not sampled

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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