Vancouver Water Monitoring Sample Results

The Vancouver Water Monitoring Program staff and a team of well-trained volunteers collect samples year-round. Our team samples water quality weekly in the summer months (April - October) and bi-weekly in the winter months (October -April) at three locations in False Creek: Olympic Village, Brokers' Bay, and Vanier Park. Later this summer our program will expand to include sampling at CRAB Park and Trout Lake. 

We collect five individual samples at each location in order to get a representative understanding of the water quality in that area. 


Latest Sampling Results

E.coli count MPN/100ml - Last sampled: Thursday, March 5, 2020 

Location Single sample result
(400 E.coli/100mL)
Site Status
Olympic Village 50.7 Passed
Brokers' Bay
13.0 Passed
Vanier Park 7.2 Passed


Past Sampling Results

Single sample result (400 E.coli/100mL)


Jan 9, 2020

Jan 23, 2020

Feb 6, 2020

Feb 20, 2020

March 5, 2020

Olympic Village 23.5 267.9 82.4 17.3 50.7
Brokers' Bay 13.8 119.5 11.1 <5 13.0
Vanier Park 6.7 33.6 8.4 <5 7.2

Our Sampling Locations

Vancouver Monitoring Hub Map


When does a sample pass?

Fraser Riverkeeper follows the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality. The recommended threshold for bathing is: a geometric mean of 200 E coli/100mL and a single sample of 400 E coli/100 mL.

  • A beach is marked Green in Swim Guide when geometric mean results are under 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and single sample results are below 400 E.coli/100mL.
  • A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean results are equal to or above 200 E.coli / 100 mL water or single sample results are above 400 E.coli/100 mL. 
  • A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.
  • The geometric mean is calculated based on the 5 last samples within 30 days. We do not calculate a geometric mean during the winter months, as we sample bi-weekly rather than weekly.
  • The single sample is the weekly sample result. 


Read our First Season Report on False Creek Water Monitoring

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