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. Due to reduced volunteer capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have limited our weekly summer 2020 sample location to Olympic Village. 

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: November 26, 2020

Location Single sample result
(400 E.coli/100mL)
Site Status
Olympic Village 33.74 Passed
Brokers' Bay
5.28 Passed
Vanier Park 5.3 Passed


Past Sampling Results

Single sample result (E.coli/100mL)

Location September 10, 2020 September 24, 2020 October 1, 2020

October 15, 2020

October 22, 2020

October 29, 2020

November 12, 2020

Olympic Village 68.67 1355.5 6.08 47.92 1289.90 23.6 32.96
Brokers' Bay N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Vanier Park N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


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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