British Columbia

Swimming at Kits, Sunset beach not a good idea due to E. coli, says health authority

Thinking of cooling off while waiting for the fireworks to start? Vancouver Coastal Health says high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water increase the risk of gastro-intestinal illness for swimmers.

High levels of E. coli bacteria in the water increase risk of gastro-intestinal illness for swimmers

High levels of bacteria in the waters off Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver has prompted a no swimming advisory from Vancouver Coastal Health. (Maryse Zeidler/CBC)

Unsafe levels of bacteria in the waters off Kitsilano and Sunset beaches have prompted a warning from Vancouver Coastal Health for swimmers to stay out of the water.

High levels of E. coli bacteria in the water increase risk of gastro-intestinal illness for swimmers. The closures include Kitsilano Point.

The E. coli advisory also applies to Sunset Beach. (Christer Waara/CBC)

The health authority is monitoring the water quality and says it will remove the swimming advisory once levels decrease. 

It does not have an estimate of when that might happen.

Fireworks beach party

The warning comes as thousands of people are expected to line the beaches along English Bay to watch the opening night of the 2018 Honda Celebration of Light.

E. coli counts for the Vancouver-area beaches are updated every Friday and listed here.

However, the authority says the latest reports — which the closures are based on — have not yet been posted.

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