Strathcona Provincial Park

Comox-Strathcona, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

CURRENT STATUS:
We do not have current water quality data available for this area. The most recent sampling results from September 9, 2015 showed low levels of E.coli.

BEACH INFO:
Strathcona is one of the oldest provincial parks in British Columbia. It was designated in 1911 and comprises of more than 250, 000 hectares. Named after Donald Alexander Smith, the 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, it contains a 15.5km (9.5 miles) trail to the Della Falls, the highest waterfall in all of Canada. With so many trails, it is a popular destination for hikers and mountain climbers. The main lake located in the area is Buttle Lake, making it a good location for swimmers, canoeists and kayakers as well. In addition, the park includes campgrounds, backpacking, cross-country skiing trails and in-season fishing for cutthroat and rainbow trout.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Special Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 14th, 2016. 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
2°C
Fog
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Strathcona Provincial Park 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

Strathcona Provincial Park

Comox-Strathcona, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Special Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 14th, 2016. 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
2°C
Fog

CURRENT STATUS:
We do not have current water quality data available for this area. The most recent sampling results from September 9, 2015 showed low levels of E.coli.

BEACH INFO:
Strathcona is one of the oldest provincial parks in British Columbia. It was designated in 1911 and comprises of more than 250, 000 hectares. Named after Donald Alexander Smith, the 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, it contains a 15.5km (9.5 miles) trail to the Della Falls, the highest waterfall in all of Canada. With so many trails, it is a popular destination for hikers and mountain climbers. The main lake located in the area is Buttle Lake, making it a good location for swimmers, canoeists and kayakers as well. In addition, the park includes campgrounds, backpacking, cross-country skiing trails and in-season fishing for cutthroat and rainbow trout.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Strathcona Provincial Park 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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