Government of New Brunswick

New Brunswick has many superb beaches that are the pride of its residents and the joy of visitors.

To help ensure everyone’s safety, the Government of New Brunswick monitors water quality at the busiest provincial beaches.

The beaches at Parlee Beach Provincial Park and Murray Beach Provincial Park have one of the most rigorous water monitoring and assessment systems in Canada. The water is tested regularly from mid-May to October.  The results are available on the following page: beaches.gnb.ca/

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health receives and interprets water quality monitoring results for beaches. The results are evaluated and compared to the guideline values in the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality.

When bacterial levels are within safe limits, the water is open and suitable for swimming.

When bacterial levels exceed safe limits, a “No Swimming” advisory is in effect. In this case, the public is warned that the water is not suitable for swimming.

Swimming in waters with bacteria levels above the Guideline Values does not mean that you will get sick, but it increases the risk. Each person should use the information available to make choices that are comfortable for them. 

For more information about beach water quality monitoring in New Brunswick, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The last date that water samples were collected was October 9, 2017. Water sampling and monitoring activities will resume in the spring of 2018.