Updated: April 21, 2015.
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) today has lifted the two remaining swimming advisories on Vancouver beaches at Crab and New Brighton parks.
Advisories to not swim or submerge in water on beaches in the District of West Vancouver are still in effect.
The beach signs with the advisories were posted due to the April 9, 2015 oil spill in English Bay.
The advisories were lifted on all Vancouver beaches because it was confirmed that lab analysis of water and beach samples showed no harmful levels of oil present. However, beach-goers are cautioned to remain vigilant and avoid contact with any small amounts of remaining oil.
Particles of oil may continue to appear in intertidal zones over the coming weeks. This is part of the natural ecosystem recovery and these will dissipate through ongoing tidal cycles. The public is advised to avoid any tar they encounter.
The advisories in West Vancouver will be lifted when acceptable results are obtained from visual inspections and water samples.
If you want more information check out the article on health concerns about the English Bay oil spill.