The Complicated Story Behind "Water Safety" in False Creek

Sep 12, 2018

Every summer, Vancouverites contact us to find out if it is safe to swim in False Creek. False Creek is an incredible waterbody that passes through the heart of the city and a hub for water recreation. It's the meeting point for dragon boat teams and likely houses the dock where you slide into a kayak for the first time. It's no wonder citizens seek more information about the safety of the water quality here, we're always out on the water.

Vancouver: Warmer temperatures may mean more beach closures

Aug 15, 2018

The Vancouver Sun, Denise Ryan - August 14, 2018

Climate change may be to blame for beach closures in Metro Vancouver.

A woman reads a book Tuesday at Sunset Beach in Vancouver. No-swimming advisories were lifted Tuesday afternoon at Sunset and nearby English Bay Beach but a similar warning remains in effect for Jericho Beach. 

Most Metro Van beaches reopened in time for long weekend

Aug 3, 2018

CTV Vancouver - August 3, 2018

Bacteria levels have subsided enough at Kitsilano Beach to make the water safe for swimming, health officials announced ahead of the B.C. Day long weekend.

5 Benefits of Getting Out On the Water

Aug 3, 2018

The long weekend is coming up and what better way to celebrate BC Day than by reconnecting to the waters that help make us "Beautiful British Columbia”. Here are 5 reasons why getting out on the waters of BC has great benefits.

A New Beginning with an Old Favourite!

Jul 23, 2018

In the City of Kingston, Ontario, an inspiring restoration project is inviting the public to jump back into the water.

Photo courtesy of Claude Cormier et Associés.

Don't Fret! It's Not What You Think

Jul 20, 2018

Many of our amazing supporters have recently brought something of concern to our attention. Off the coast of Deep Cove, Stanley Park, and Bowen Island, there have been sightings of a red mixture in the water.

Call for clean swimming water in Vancouver's False Creek falls flat

Jul 17, 2018

The Vancouver Sun, Susan Lazaruk - July 17, 2018

Pollution levels at the east end of False Creek are almost quadruple safe levels, a year after Vancouver city council passed a motion to make the waterway swimmable by this summer.

Raw sewage dumped in Metro Vancouver waters saw five-year high in 2017

Jul 16, 2018

The Star Vancouver, Ainslie Cruickshank and Wanyee Li - July 16, 2018

Lauren Duboisset-Broust, the Vancouver water monitoring coordinator with the Fraser Riverkeeper, and Lauren Brown Hornor the partnership lead for Western Canada with Swim Drink Fish Canada and the former executive director of the Fraser Riverkeeper, collect water samples from False Creek on July 12, 2018.  (JENNIFER GAUTHIER / FOR STARMETRO/VANCOUVER)

What's New to Swim Guide?

Jul 16, 2018

We are now in the heart of summer and swim season is well underway. Every day, more and more Vancouverites are hitting the beaches and getting into the water. How do they know which beaches are nearby and if they’re safe for swimming? For many, the answer is Swim Guide! 

5 Must-See Vancouver Beaches for Summer 2018

Jul 6, 2018

Looking to harness your inner fish this summer? Here are 5 beaches that you should explore! But before you do that, be sure to check Swim Guide for the latest info on water quality.

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