Updated: April 22, 2015.
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) today lifted two beach advisories in West Vancouver at Sandy Cove and Dundarave beaches.
Whytecliff Park and Eagle Harbour in West Vancouver are also available for public use. Advisories to avoid contact with water and wet sand at Ambleside and John Lawson Parks in West Vancouver are still in effect. Advisories have been lifted on all Vancouver beaches.
Beach-goers are cautioned to remain vigilant and avoid contact with any small amounts of remaining oil even though the advisories have been removed. 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 for Ambleside and John Lawson parks will be lifted when acceptable results are obtained from visual inspections and beach sand samples.
The beach signs with the advisories were posted due to the April 9, 2015 oil spill in English Bay.