Craigflower-Kosapsom Park

Managed by The Swim Guide

BEACH INFO:
There is a small sandy beach at this park and a large grassy picnic area.

A public transit stop is located just beside the small parking area at the corner of Admirals and Gorge. A paved trail along the water connects Craigflower-Kosapsom park to Gorge Waterway Park. There are benches and parking spots along the way.

Craigflower-Kosapsom Park is a small corner park that is rich with history. Craigflower schoolhouse, constructed in 1854, is the oldest schoolhouse in western Canada and it is valued as the oldest surviving public building in BC. It is also one of the few surviving structures which predates the 1858 gold rush. Esquimalt First Nations archaeological remains also have been unearthed at this park that indicates over three thousand years of human occupation at this particular location.

AMENITIES:
Public washrooms
Small playground with swing-set
Picnic tables

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • No data available

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 30th, 2018. The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 12th, 2018 at 11:16 PM.
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Current Weather
23°C
A mix of sun and clouds
Monitoring Frequency

Craigflower-Kosapsom Park is sampled bi-weekly from May 19th from September 7th.

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 Guidelines200 E. coli / 100 mL – geometric mean (usually 5 samples)400 E. coli / 100 mL – single sample maximumBeaches 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 Guidelines35 enterococci / 100 mL – geometric mean at least 5 samples70 enterococci / 100 mL – single sample maximumBeaches 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

Craigflower-Kosapsom Park

Managed by The Swim Guide

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 30th, 2018. The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 12th, 2018 at 11:16 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
23°C
A mix of sun and clouds

BEACH INFO:
There is a small sandy beach at this park and a large grassy picnic area.

A public transit stop is located just beside the small parking area at the corner of Admirals and Gorge. A paved trail along the water connects Craigflower-Kosapsom park to Gorge Waterway Park. There are benches and parking spots along the way.

Craigflower-Kosapsom Park is a small corner park that is rich with history. Craigflower schoolhouse, constructed in 1854, is the oldest schoolhouse in western Canada and it is valued as the oldest surviving public building in BC. It is also one of the few surviving structures which predates the 1858 gold rush. Esquimalt First Nations archaeological remains also have been unearthed at this park that indicates over three thousand years of human occupation at this particular location.

AMENITIES:
Public washrooms
Small playground with swing-set
Picnic tables

Monitoring Frequency

Craigflower-Kosapsom Park is sampled bi-weekly from May 19th from September 7th.

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 Guidelines200 E. coli / 100 mL – geometric mean (usually 5 samples)400 E. coli / 100 mL – single sample maximumBeaches 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 Guidelines35 enterococci / 100 mL – geometric mean at least 5 samples70 enterococci / 100 mL – single sample maximumBeaches 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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