Sir Wilfred Laurier Park – Boat Launch

Edmonton, Alberta

Sir Wilfred Laurier Park is located just upstream of downtown Edmonton and provides access to a popular boat launch. The park sits on what used to be a tent city that was home to a community of coal workers. Adjacent the park is the Edmonton Valley Zoo and in addition to abundant green space, there is a short stretch of sand along the river by the boat launch. Just down the path you will find Buena Vista Park, the Edmonton Rowing Club, and a pedestrian bridge that crosses the river to Hawrelak Park.

It is not uncommon to see swimmers by the sandy area next to the bridge. If you are considering a swim in the river, first ensure that the conditions are suitable and be advised that the presence of E. coli is only one of several factors that should be considered before entering the water. For tips on safe swimming in the North Saskatchewan River visit www.saskriverkeeper.ca.

Ammenities:
Boat launch with concrete ramp
Boat trailer parking
Accessible parking
Accessible washrooms
Abundant green space
Picnic sites
Hiking and biking trails
Ball diamonds

Directions:
Access via Buena Vista Rd and continue past the Edmonton Valley Zoo. All vehicles except those with boat trailers must proceed to the right and follow the loop road through the park.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 12th, 2017. North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper 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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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Sir Wilfred Laurier Park – Boat Launch is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

The North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper monitors two freshwater locations along the North Saskatchewan River in the Edmonton region. Water quality samples at this beach are collected by North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper and processed by a third party accredited environmental lab, Element.

Water is monitored for Enterococci, which is a bacterial indicator of fecal contamination. The tests are conducted once a week throughout the month of September. Enterococcus is measured using membrane filtration. High Enterococcus levels can indicate fecal contamination which poses a risk to human health. The Canadian Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality recommends caution when waters exceed a geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) 35 Enterococci colony forming units (CFU)/100 mL or a single-sample maximum concentration of 70 Enterococci CFU/100 mL.

Five samples are collected at each beach and submitted to Element Laboratory for processing. A spatial geometric mean will be calculated and interpreted against the guideline. Results are published as soon as they are available, usually within 48 hours of sampling.

A beach is marked green when geometric mean results are below 35 Enterococci CFU/100mL.

A beach is marked red when geometric mean results are above 35 Enterococci CFU/100mL.

A beach is marked grey when no data is available.

Enterococci levels are only one of many parameters that should be carefully considered before entering the water. The data available on Swim Guide reflects water quality at the time of sampling only.

Questions regarding the Edmonton Community Monitoring Program can be directed to sadie@swimdrinkfish.ca.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Sir Wilfred Laurier Park – Boat Launch

Edmonton, Alberta

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 12th, 2017. North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper 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:   

Sir Wilfred Laurier Park is located just upstream of downtown Edmonton and provides access to a popular boat launch. The park sits on what used to be a tent city that was home to a community of coal workers. Adjacent the park is the Edmonton Valley Zoo and in addition to abundant green space, there is a short stretch of sand along the river by the boat launch. Just down the path you will find Buena Vista Park, the Edmonton Rowing Club, and a pedestrian bridge that crosses the river to Hawrelak Park.

It is not uncommon to see swimmers by the sandy area next to the bridge. If you are considering a swim in the river, first ensure that the conditions are suitable and be advised that the presence of E. coli is only one of several factors that should be considered before entering the water. For tips on safe swimming in the North Saskatchewan River visit www.saskriverkeeper.ca.

Ammenities:
Boat launch with concrete ramp
Boat trailer parking
Accessible parking
Accessible washrooms
Abundant green space
Picnic sites
Hiking and biking trails
Ball diamonds

Directions:
Access via Buena Vista Rd and continue past the Edmonton Valley Zoo. All vehicles except those with boat trailers must proceed to the right and follow the loop road through the park.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Sir Wilfred Laurier Park – Boat Launch is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

The North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper monitors two freshwater locations along the North Saskatchewan River in the Edmonton region. Water quality samples at this beach are collected by North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper and processed by a third party accredited environmental lab, Element.

Water is monitored for Enterococci, which is a bacterial indicator of fecal contamination. The tests are conducted once a week throughout the month of September. Enterococcus is measured using membrane filtration. High Enterococcus levels can indicate fecal contamination which poses a risk to human health. The Canadian Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality recommends caution when waters exceed a geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) 35 Enterococci colony forming units (CFU)/100 mL or a single-sample maximum concentration of 70 Enterococci CFU/100 mL.

Five samples are collected at each beach and submitted to Element Laboratory for processing. A spatial geometric mean will be calculated and interpreted against the guideline. Results are published as soon as they are available, usually within 48 hours of sampling.

A beach is marked green when geometric mean results are below 35 Enterococci CFU/100mL.

A beach is marked red when geometric mean results are above 35 Enterococci CFU/100mL.

A beach is marked grey when no data is available.

Enterococci levels are only one of many parameters that should be carefully considered before entering the water. The data available on Swim Guide reflects water quality at the time of sampling only.

Questions regarding the Edmonton Community Monitoring Program can be directed to sadie@swimdrinkfish.ca.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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