West Bay Beach

Managed by The Swim Guide

Unlike the deep waters of the surrounding Tahsis Inlet, West Bay Beach is a sheltered little bay that is shallow and southwesterly facing, catching sun and warming up to comfortable swimming temperatures. This park also has short trails, and washroom facilities. It's a favorite spot for local residents to swim and sunbathe.

With exception of the fur trade, Tahsis remained unchanged 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, which made it easier for families to settle here.

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
11°C
Chance of heavy rain
MONITORING FREQUENCY

West Bay Beach 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

West Bay Beach

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
11°C
Chance of heavy rain

Unlike the deep waters of the surrounding Tahsis Inlet, West Bay Beach is a sheltered little bay that is shallow and southwesterly facing, catching sun and warming up to comfortable swimming temperatures. This park also has short trails, and washroom facilities. It's a favorite spot for local residents to swim and sunbathe.

With exception of the fur trade, Tahsis remained unchanged 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, which made it easier for families to settle here.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

West Bay Beach 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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