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Updated 2017/6/5
Holiday Water Report 2017


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By Cori Marshall

National and Provincial Parks are opening to summer visitors, so today we are taking a look at the holiday water conditions in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Prince Edward Island (PEI), New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Newfounland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador is home to 4 National Parks, and 10 Historic Sites run by Parks Canada. As we have seen the water in the 2 parks that have reported, Gros Morne and Terra Nova is currently of good quality and is safe to consume. There is a water supply in Terra Nova National Park, Sandy Pond, that is not safe for consumption.

We have also learned that most of the province's 32 Provincial Parks and Reserves do not "have a continuous disinfection system," and are therefore required to notify visitors to boil water before consuming.

Most of the population in Newfoundland and Labrador is supplied water from a municipal water system, and these systems are overseen by the Department of Environment and Municipal Affairs. The province only reports municipal systems that are under boils orders, and holiday destinations are not identified.

The province of PEI does not report lists of boil water advisories for public or semi-public systems. The Cradle of Confederation is home to one Parks Canada National Park, and the water is safe to consume despite the occasional issue with total coliform. The park takes appropriate measures to deal with issues when they arise. The island also operates 26 Provincial Parks.

For those of you planning to visit parks, campgrounds, or vacation destinations in PEI or Newfoundland and Labrador be aware of the situation. Pay attention to any posted notices that deal with water quality, ask questions, and enjoy the great outdoors.

New Brunswick
The Province of New Brunswick is home to 2 National Parks, and 8 Historic Sites managed by Parks Canada. It was reported last month that there were no issues with the drinking water in Kouchibouguac National Park. The Province also offers the chance to visit one of 9 Provincial Parks. The drinking water in these parks is currently of good quality.

The New Brunswick Department of Health lists 1 active boil order in the province in Alma for high turbidity. This does not affect any summer vacation destination. The province does list 12 blue-green algae advisories.

For those of you heading out on the on New Brunswick lakes and rivers this summer here is the list of blue-green algae blooms.
  • Wheaton Lake - Bocabec - 2015
  • Washademoak Lake* - Cambridge-Narrows - 7/282015
  • Grand Lake - Queens County - 7/15/2015
  • Harvey Lake - Harvey Station - 7/10/2015
  • Lake Utopia - Saint George - 8/2008
  • Lac Baker - Lac-Baker - 2010
  • Lac Unique - Lac-Unique - 2010
  • Irishtown Nature Park - Moncton - before 2010
  • Mapleton Reservoir - before 2010
  • Camp Lake - 2015
  • Bathurst Lake - Mount Carleton Provincial Park - 2015
    *Cambridge Narrows Campground is located on the shores of Washademoak Lake.

New Brunswick
Currently no municipal systems in Nova Scotia are reported to have boil advisories by Nova Scotia Environment (NSE). The province does list 16 "Public (Individual)" water supplies under an active boil order, 5 of which were added this week. Parks Canada is responsible for 3 National Parks, and 26 Historic Sites in Nova Scotia. As we have learned the groundwater supplies, in both Cape Breton Highlands and Kejimkujik National Parks, are safe to drink and use. The province operates 203 Provincial Parks, the link to the park advisories was broken on the Nova Scotia website. The are 9 active boil water advisories that affect campgrounds, service centres, and inns. Here is the list.
  • Five Islands Ocean Resort & RV Campground - Lower Five Islands - 5/19/2017
  • Lighthouse Motel - Conquerall NS - 6/13/2017
  • Mimi's Pizza - Greenwood - 6/1/2017
  • Fraser Mini Home Park - Dayspring - 5/17/2017
  • Camp Roderick Boy Scout Camp - SunnyBrae - 10/19/2016
  • Anthony Mini Home Park - Barrington - 4/15/2015
  • Inn of Victoria County - Boularderie East - 8/26/2016
  • Mount Uniacke Pub & Eatery - Mount Uniacke - 6/1/207
  • Ste. Anne's Anglican Youth Camp - West Dalhousie - 6/19/2016

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