Due to high levels of bacteria in the water swimming, and wading are not recommended at Wayside Park Beach in Whistler.
High levels of E. coli bacteria in the water increase risk of gastro-intestinal illness to swimmers. VCH and the Resort Municipality of Whistler are working to monitor the water quality and remove the swimming advisory once the levels have decreased.
The reason for the elevated levels is not yet known.
It is not unusual to have beach closures at some beaches during the summer within the VCH region.
Sewage discharge from various sources, land or water; hot weather speeding up bacterial growth in the water; lack of tidal flush in certain areas; increased human and animal activity on the beach are possible causes.
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E. coli counts for Sea to Sky corridor beaches are regularly posted online. See the latest beach water quality reports for more information.
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