Saratoga Bathing Beach - South

Comox-Strathcona C, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

Saratoga Beach is at the north end of the Comox Valley on the sheltered east coast of Vancouver Island. It is 26 km (16 mi) north of Courtenay and 26 km (16 mi) south of Campbell River. Saratoga Beach is a shimmering sandy beach, with an oceanfront are great for children and adults. Common recreational activities include, skimboarding, kite-flying and building sandcastles. The beach is 200 feet long and has warm, shallow water that is good for swimming. There is minimal powerboat traffic, deep water or strong currents. Saratoga Beach is nearby the popular Miracle Beach Provincial Park and Oyster River Regional Park.

WATER QUALITY
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Saratoga Bathing Beach - South is sampled monthly 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.

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Saratoga Bathing Beach - South

Comox-Strathcona C, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
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Saratoga Beach is at the north end of the Comox Valley on the sheltered east coast of Vancouver Island. It is 26 km (16 mi) north of Courtenay and 26 km (16 mi) south of Campbell River. Saratoga Beach is a shimmering sandy beach, with an oceanfront are great for children and adults. Common recreational activities include, skimboarding, kite-flying and building sandcastles. The beach is 200 feet long and has warm, shallow water that is good for swimming. There is minimal powerboat traffic, deep water or strong currents. Saratoga Beach is nearby the popular Miracle Beach Provincial Park and Oyster River Regional Park.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Saratoga Bathing Beach - South is sampled monthly 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.

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