False Creek West (VCH)

Vancouver, British Columbia

False Creek was once a tidal flat natural estuary and its riparian vegetation acted as a buffer and for both run-off and tidal waters. Fresh water streams flowed into the area and created natural water filtration and flushing right up until the introduction of industry, most predominantly the rail industry. To accommodate its development, half of False Creek was filled to create trainyards.

The rise of industry resulted in the loss of False Creek’s natural flushing and filtration systems. Industrial operations discharged toxic materials directly into False Creek until about 1970, including high concentrations of cadmium, mercury, lead – which remain in the sediments today, mostly in the eastern end.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 26th, 2019. Fraser Riverkeeper 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
13°C
A mix of sun and clouds
MONITORING FREQUENCY

False Creek West (VCH) is sampled weekly from May 10th to October 10th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) monitors the water quality at 31 Vancouver-area beaches. Sampling is conducted during the height of swim season (May – September) and for the annual Polar Bear Swim (December). False Creek is included in the monitoring program.

VCH follows the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines. Recreational water is considered safe if the geometric mean result is under 200 E.coli/100mL. Should the geometric mean exceed 200 E.coli/100 mL, 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 website. Data is shared on Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available. Data is typically available on Thursdays or Fridays.

Recreational water quality for a beach is determined by E. coli counts from the Greater Vancouver Regional District Water Quality Laboratory.

A beach is marked Green when single sample results are under 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

False Creek West (VCH)

Vancouver, British Columbia

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 26th, 2019. Fraser Riverkeeper 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
13°C
A mix of sun and clouds

False Creek was once a tidal flat natural estuary and its riparian vegetation acted as a buffer and for both run-off and tidal waters. Fresh water streams flowed into the area and created natural water filtration and flushing right up until the introduction of industry, most predominantly the rail industry. To accommodate its development, half of False Creek was filled to create trainyards.

The rise of industry resulted in the loss of False Creek’s natural flushing and filtration systems. Industrial operations discharged toxic materials directly into False Creek until about 1970, including high concentrations of cadmium, mercury, lead – which remain in the sediments today, mostly in the eastern end.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

False Creek West (VCH) is sampled weekly from May 10th to October 10th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) monitors the water quality at 31 Vancouver-area beaches. Sampling is conducted during the height of swim season (May – September) and for the annual Polar Bear Swim (December). False Creek is included in the monitoring program.

VCH follows the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines. Recreational water is considered safe if the geometric mean result is under 200 E.coli/100mL. Should the geometric mean exceed 200 E.coli/100 mL, 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 website. Data is shared on Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available. Data is typically available on Thursdays or Fridays.

Recreational water quality for a beach is determined by E. coli counts from the Greater Vancouver Regional District Water Quality Laboratory.

A beach is marked Green when single sample results are under 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



Swim Guide
is supported by
* The RBC Foundation

Swim Guide shares the best information we have at the moment you ask for it. Always obey signs at the beach or advisories from official government agencies. Stay alert and check for other swimming hazards such as dangerous currents and tides. Please report your pollution concerns so Affiliates can help keep other beach-goers safe.

Swim Guide, "Swim Drink Fish icons," and associated trademarks are owned by SWIM DRINK FISH CANADA.| See Legal.

© SWIM DRINK FISH CANADA, 2011 - 2019