Maple Bay Beach - Boat Launch

Managed by The Swim Guide

The waterfront of Maple Bay is a pebbled beach. At low tides the beach reveals shells and marine life. During the summer months people visit the beach at low tide so to enjoy activities like suntanning, sightseeing, beachcombing, swimming, picnicking and reading. Nearby at the marina people are enjoying ocean kayaking, scuba diving, boating and sailing.

The waterfront is divided into three public access areas. The first is a parking lot where there is a boat launch and a large pier. The paved parking lot is large enough for boat trailers, but it is a small lot. On busy days trailers are parking on the street.

The second access point is a beach park. there is limited parallel parking on the street. From the parking lot there is a small walking path leading down to the beach. There is a large washroom/change room and a grassy lawn area.

The third access point is on a separate section of the waterfront accessed best from Genoa Bay Road. The Maple Bay Marina is on Genoa Bay Road. There is a store, docks and pub/restaurant.

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
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 10th, 2020. 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 25th, 2020 at 10:53 AM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Maple Bay Beach - Boat Launch is sampled from May 1st to September 1st.

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

Maple Bay Beach - Boat Launch

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
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 10th, 2020. 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 25th, 2020 at 10:53 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

The waterfront of Maple Bay is a pebbled beach. At low tides the beach reveals shells and marine life. During the summer months people visit the beach at low tide so to enjoy activities like suntanning, sightseeing, beachcombing, swimming, picnicking and reading. Nearby at the marina people are enjoying ocean kayaking, scuba diving, boating and sailing.

The waterfront is divided into three public access areas. The first is a parking lot where there is a boat launch and a large pier. The paved parking lot is large enough for boat trailers, but it is a small lot. On busy days trailers are parking on the street.

The second access point is a beach park. there is limited parallel parking on the street. From the parking lot there is a small walking path leading down to the beach. There is a large washroom/change room and a grassy lawn area.

The third access point is on a separate section of the waterfront accessed best from Genoa Bay Road. The Maple Bay Marina is on Genoa Bay Road. There is a store, docks and pub/restaurant.

Monitoring Frequency

Maple Bay Beach - Boat Launch is sampled from May 1st to September 1st.

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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