It's finally summer, the weather is hot and you finally have a good excuse to go down to the beach and take a nice dip in the water. You'd think that this would be your weekend plans sorted, but unfortunately not.
Two very popular beaches in Vancouver, BC are currently closed due to E. Coli contamination and we have the scoop on what's going on.
Attention 🚨: due to high bacteria levels at #SunsetBeach and #KitsBeach, both beaches are CLOSED for swimming until further notice. All other western beaches are open, as are English Bay, 2nd, & 3rd Beaches. Please abide by signage. #Vancouver pic.twitter.com/c5TbEdsnVw— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) July 30, 2018
The Vancouver Park Board posted a tweet just a few hours ago stating that Sunset Beach and Kitsilano Beach (including Kits Point) are both closed for swimming until further notice. Vancouver Coastal Health has also issued a warning advising people not to swim or wade in the water.
They've also stated that the reason why the famous beaches are closed is due to high levels of E. Coli bacteria. They're reportedly so high that it's unsafe for Vancouverites to be swimming in the water. The high bacteria levels in the water could infect swimmers with gastro-intestinal illness.
Kits Beach is an extremely popular beach located near the Kitsilano area. The beach is always packed with young adults playing beach volleyball and other outdoor sports. It's also a common area for suntanning and swimming.
Sunset Beach is located across the inlet near Vancouver's Davie Village area. The popular park is famous for hosting Pride festivities and Vancouver's 4/20 event in 2018. Apart from festivals and events, the beach is packed every summer night with Vancouverites watching the sunset. It's also common for locals to swim in the waters at Sunset Beach.
Vancouver Coastal Health will be monitoring the water quality and will remove the swimming advisory once the bacteria levels have decreased.
You can find additional information on Vancouver's swimming advisories, here.
This isn't the first time that Canada has been hit with E.Coli contamination. Two weeks ago we reported that Vancouver's False Creek and Toronto's Hanlan Point Beach were both deemed unsafe to swim due to high levels of E.Coli bacteria.
We will have to wait and see if the E. Coli bacteria levels will decrease. Until then, it's not safe for Canadians to swim in the waters at Sunset Beach and Kits Beach including Kitsilano Point.