The beach at Maple Bay has been placed under an advisory warning by North Cowichan. (Citizen file)

Beach warning issued for Maple Bay

Swimming and wading not recommended: North Cowichan and Island Health say

North Cowichan issued a warning May 15 against wading and swimming at Maple Bay beach.

According to the municipality, “Recent tests show entercocci bacteriology counts exceeding acceptable limits at Maple Bay Beach. A beach advisory has been issued for this beach, and swimming and wading are not recommended. This is based on guidance provided by Island Health.”

Signs indicating a “Beach Advisory” will be posted on site at Maple Bay Beach (including the boat ramp area), and as a precautionary measure at Spring Street and Peters Lane beach accesses.

Island Health, with support from North Cowichan, will increase the frequency of testing at these locations.

You can find more information about beach advisories, including frequently asked questions, on their website: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/environment/recreational-water-beach-reports or by calling 250-737-2010.

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