Big Bend Beach

Gold River, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

Big Bend Beach is located near the town of Gold River, British Columbia. Located near the geographic centre of Vancouver Island, Gold River was once a prosperous logging and pulp mill town. When the mill closed in 1988, many residents were forced to relocate. Gold River is a scenic and picturesque town, and it has attempted to capitalize on its tourism potential since the close of the mill. It has become a popular spot for eco-hikes and sport fishing.

The Nootka Trail can be accessed from Gold River and Big Bend Loop/Gravel Road loop is a popular jogging trail, and joggers often choose to cool off in the river after a run.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Special 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
19°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Big Bend 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

Big Bend Beach

Gold River, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Special 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
19°C
Clear and sunny

Big Bend Beach is located near the town of Gold River, British Columbia. Located near the geographic centre of Vancouver Island, Gold River was once a prosperous logging and pulp mill town. When the mill closed in 1988, many residents were forced to relocate. Gold River is a scenic and picturesque town, and it has attempted to capitalize on its tourism potential since the close of the mill. It has become a popular spot for eco-hikes and sport fishing.

The Nootka Trail can be accessed from Gold River and Big Bend Loop/Gravel Road loop is a popular jogging trail, and joggers often choose to cool off in the river after a run.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Big Bend 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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