Esquimalt Lagoon - Open Water


Esquimalt Lagoon is a saltwater lagoon located at the base of the Royal Roads University property in Colwood, approximately 7 kilometers to the west of downtown Victoria. This calm, shallow lagoon is a migratory bird sanctuary where a variety of birds, including ducks, swans, eagles and herons, can often be observed. The long strip of land that separates the lagoon from the ocean (Juan de Fuca Strait) is called Coburg Spit. This sand and gravel barrier stretches nearly 2 kilometers in length and protects the lagoon from the waves and winds off the ocean. The lagoon is connected to the ocean through a tidal channel at the northeast end of the spit. The ocean side of the spit is a long sandy beach with lots of driftwood that is a popular sunbathing spot in the summer. Access to the lagoon is from Ocean Boulevard, which runs the length of the spit and includes plenty of parking. There are washroom facilities at the southwest end of the spit.

The sampling location for the open ocean side of Esquimalt Lagoon is at the southwest end of the spit, on the ocean side, near the bathroom facilities.

WATER QUALITY
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  • 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
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CURRENT WEATHER
14°C
Chance of heavy rain
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Esquimalt Lagoon - Open Water 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

Esquimalt Lagoon - Open Water


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
14°C
Chance of heavy rain

Esquimalt Lagoon is a saltwater lagoon located at the base of the Royal Roads University property in Colwood, approximately 7 kilometers to the west of downtown Victoria. This calm, shallow lagoon is a migratory bird sanctuary where a variety of birds, including ducks, swans, eagles and herons, can often be observed. The long strip of land that separates the lagoon from the ocean (Juan de Fuca Strait) is called Coburg Spit. This sand and gravel barrier stretches nearly 2 kilometers in length and protects the lagoon from the waves and winds off the ocean. The lagoon is connected to the ocean through a tidal channel at the northeast end of the spit. The ocean side of the spit is a long sandy beach with lots of driftwood that is a popular sunbathing spot in the summer. Access to the lagoon is from Ocean Boulevard, which runs the length of the spit and includes plenty of parking. There are washroom facilities at the southwest end of the spit.

The sampling location for the open ocean side of Esquimalt Lagoon is at the southwest end of the spit, on the ocean side, near the bathroom facilities.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Esquimalt Lagoon - Open Water 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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