E. coli levels at West Vancouver beach waters temporarily drop to safer levels

West Vancouver Ambleside Beach Burrard Inlet Lions Gate Bridge / Shutterstock

Cool weather and rain over the past week played a major factor in lowering the E. coli counts in the waters of West Vancouver’s beaches.

Last week, Vancouver Coastal Health issued a warning for the public to avoid swimming in the waters wtihin the area as it had measured high levels of E. coli bacteria that far exceed the sample limit – to the point that a geometric mean could not be measured.

The latest tests performed on Thursday indicated that bacteria levels dropped significantly and is below the threshold considered dangerous.

However, West Vancouver beach water bacteria levels still remain high compared to levels found at other regional beaches.

Bacteria levels could soar again in the coming days given that sunny, warm weather is in the forecast for the foreseeable future.

The Canadian Recreational Water Quality Guidelines recommend a level of less than 200 E. coli bacteria per 100 mL of water for primary contact recreational activities such as swimming.

Beach Water Quality as of July 24

West Vancouver

  • Ambleside: 152
  • Dundarave: 131
  • Sandy Cove: 111
  • Eagle Harbour: 69
  • Whytecliffe Park: 32

English Bay

  • Third: 27
  • Second: 20
  • English Bay: 37
  • Sunset: 176
  • Kitsilano Point: 60
  • Kitsilano Beach: 30
  • Jericho: 16
  • Locarno: 14
  • Spanish Banks: 18

False Creek

  • False Creek West: 174
  • False Creek Central: 150
  • False Creek East: 709

North Vancouver

  • Cates Park: 1
  • Deep Cove: 73

Wreck Beach

  • Foreshore East: 22
  • Foreshore West, Acadia: 21
  • Trail 4, Towers: 46
  • Trail 6, Breakwater: 30
  • Trail 7, Oasis: 121


  • Iona: 17
  • Garry Point: 21

Trout Lake

  • Trout Lake: 135


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