Government of New Brunswick

Welcome to Parlee Beach! One of the most beautiful beaches in New Brunswick where you can swim and enjoy the hot summer days.   

Its ecosystem makes it a place of unique beauty with warm water temperatures and we are all responsible for protecting it.

The Government of New Brunswick has adopted a water quality monitoring protocol that provides evidence of overall water quality and helps inform decisions as to whether the water is likely suitable for swimming. Based on water quality results to date, it has been determined that Parlee Beach has no chronic water quality issue, and that water quality at Parlee Beach is suitable for swimming.

The beach at Parlee Beach Provincial Park has one of the most rigorous water monitoring and assessment systems in Canada. The water is tested daily from mid-May to September, and the infographic below explains the water quality analysis process.

Based on water quality results since 2017, the water quality at Parlee Beach is typically good and suitable for swimming. The occasional exceedance of a guideline value is temporary, with water quality quickly returning to normal levels.  You can consult the most up-to-date water quality data by visiting

As noted in the Steering Committee for Water Quality at Parlee Beach’s Final Report, the occasional exceedance of guideline values are likely a result of bacteria originating from within the Shediac Bay Watershed making their way to Parlee Beach during a combination of meteorological and oceanographic conditions. The implementation of the steering committee recommendations by the Government of New Brunswick has led to the development of a Watershed Management Plan for the Shediac Bay Watershed.

Since the Shediac Bay Watershed drains freshwater into Shediac Bay near Parlee Beach (see figure 1 below), it is important to understand that everyone in the Shediac Bay Watershed has a role in protecting the environment and water quality at Parlee Beach. To learn more about the Shediac Bay Watershed Management Plan, please click here.

To help keep our recreational waters and environment clean please always remember to:

  • Dispose of garbage in the appropriate locations.
  • Dispose of waste from pleasure boats at appropriate facilities.
  • Collect dog waste. Domestic animal waste can be a source of pollution.
  • Keep up with regular maintenance of septic tanks.
  • Empty septic systems of recreational vehicles in appropriate locations and not directly into the ground.
  • Think about the environment and environmental protection at all times.

To learn more about Parlee Beach Provincial Park, visit Tourism New Brunswick.