Willows Beach is a long stretch of white sandy beach in the district of Oak Bay, approximately 15 minutes east of downtown Victoria. Its shallow, protected waters are a popular swimming spot in the summertime. The beach is also much loved by kayakers, paddle boarders, sun bathers and families for picnicking. Facilities include public washrooms, change rooms, picnic tables, a playground, grassy areas and a paved walking trail. There is also a concession in the summer season. Access to the beach is from Beach Drive and there is a paved parking area at the end of Dalhousie Street, off Beach Drive.

The sampling location at Willows Beach is near a small creek at the end of Dalhousie Street, just below the paved parking area.

WATER QUALITY
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  • Current Status
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CURRENT WEATHER
18°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Willows Beach is sampled from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Surfrider Vancouver Island’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) monitors 15 saltwater beaches and 4 freshwater beaches around Victoria, BC. Surfrider Vancouver Island volunteers collect and process water samples.

BWTF monitors sites around Victoria, BC year-round. Currently, BWTF is sampling (on average) 1 site every two weeks. They rotate the sites, so each one gets sampled on a regular basis, but they give priority to known or suspected problem sites.

Samples are typically collected on Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays, but Surfrider volunteers may collect samples on other days of the week depending on volunteer availability. Surfrider updates Swim Guide with new results as soon as test results become available, approximately 24-48 hours after sampling.

Surfrider’s BWTF utilizes the standardized EPA criteria of 104 MPN/100 mL for collecting and analyzing saltwater samples. The test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of Enterococcus cfu (colony forming units) per 100 mL by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.

Results are posted shortly after the lab results are available (approximately 24 hours after sample collection). Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide app and website. Results tables are also available on the Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force website at http://www.surfrider.org/blue-water-task-force/chapter/41.

A saltwater beach is marked Green when single sample results are under 104 Enterococci / 100 mL water.

A saltwater beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above 104 Enterococci / 100 mL water. If a sample exceeds the standard, the site is given priority for re-testing.

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

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Surfrider Foundation, Vancouver Island Chapter - BWYTF 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
18°C
Clear and sunny

Willows Beach is a long stretch of white sandy beach in the district of Oak Bay, approximately 15 minutes east of downtown Victoria. Its shallow, protected waters are a popular swimming spot in the summertime. The beach is also much loved by kayakers, paddle boarders, sun bathers and families for picnicking. Facilities include public washrooms, change rooms, picnic tables, a playground, grassy areas and a paved walking trail. There is also a concession in the summer season. Access to the beach is from Beach Drive and there is a paved parking area at the end of Dalhousie Street, off Beach Drive.

The sampling location at Willows Beach is near a small creek at the end of Dalhousie Street, just below the paved parking area.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Willows Beach is sampled from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Surfrider Vancouver Island’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) monitors 15 saltwater beaches and 4 freshwater beaches around Victoria, BC. Surfrider Vancouver Island volunteers collect and process water samples.

BWTF monitors sites around Victoria, BC year-round. Currently, BWTF is sampling (on average) 1 site every two weeks. They rotate the sites, so each one gets sampled on a regular basis, but they give priority to known or suspected problem sites.

Samples are typically collected on Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays, but Surfrider volunteers may collect samples on other days of the week depending on volunteer availability. Surfrider updates Swim Guide with new results as soon as test results become available, approximately 24-48 hours after sampling.

Surfrider’s BWTF utilizes the standardized EPA criteria of 104 MPN/100 mL for collecting and analyzing saltwater samples. The test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of Enterococcus cfu (colony forming units) per 100 mL by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.

Results are posted shortly after the lab results are available (approximately 24 hours after sample collection). Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide app and website. Results tables are also available on the Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force website at http://www.surfrider.org/blue-water-task-force/chapter/41.

A saltwater beach is marked Green when single sample results are under 104 Enterococci / 100 mL water.

A saltwater beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above 104 Enterococci / 100 mL water. If a sample exceeds the standard, the site is given priority for re-testing.

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

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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