Beaches, outdoor pools, and splash pads

Supervised beaches, outdoor pools, and splash pads

Splashpads, Beaches, and Water Testing

Lifeguard supervision and water quality testing takes place between July 1 and August 31 each year. 

Extended Beach Season

The following beaches will have supervision dates extended and will be open September 4, 5 & 6 from 11:00am to 6:00pm.

  • Chocolate Lake, Kearney Lake and Penhorn lake

Unsupervised Beaches

The unsupervised beaches are Malay Falls, Dingle beach, Blackrock Beach, Kinsmen beach and Government Wharf.

Water testing

Municipal staff regularly test the water quality for bacteria levels at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as one unsupervised beach, during the summer months (July 1 - August 31). Know your swimming limitations if you choose to swim in unsupervised bodies of water. Always swim with a buddy in supervised areas and adults should never leave children unsupervised in the water.

Click here for information on Algae Blooms

Malay Falls will continue to be tested, even though unsupervised.

The four other unsupervised beaches (Dingle beach, Blackrock beach, Kinsmen beach and Government Wharf) will not have water quality testing this summer.

Read more for information on water testing by helicopter on March 31, 2021. 

Beach washroom or change room facilities

Washrooms and change rooms are available at the following beaches at the hours listed. These facilities open on the long weekend in May and close at the end of September each year. 

  • Albro Lake Beach: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
  • Chocolate Lake Beach: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
  • Birch Cove Beach: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Penhorn Beach: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For information on beach closures, call our summer aquatics line at 902.490.5458.

Supervised Beach Locations

Beach status is updated weekdays by 8:00 a.m. and by 9:00 a.m. on weekends (between July 1-Aug 31). Click on the beach name for more information.
Beach Name Location Beach Status Lifeguard Supervision
Beach Name Location Beach Status Lifeguard Supervision
Albro Lake Beach Albro Lake, Dartmouth Closed No
Birch Cove Beach Lake Banook, Dartmouth Closed No
Campbell Point Beach Hatchet Lake, Halifax Closed No
Chocolate Lake Beach Chocolate Lake, Halifax Closed No
Cunard Lake Beach William's Lake, Halifax Closed No
Kearney Lake Beach Kearney Lake, Halifax Closed No
Kidston Lake Beach Kidston Lake, Halifax Closed No
Kinap Beach Porters Lake Closed No
Lake Echo Beach Lake Echo Closed No
Long Pond Beach Long Pond, Halifax Closed No
Malay Falls Sheet Harbour, Eastern Shore Closed No
Oakfield Park Beach Shubenacadie Grand Lake, Oakfield Closed No
Penhorn Lake Beach Penhorn Lake, Dartmouth Closed No
Pleasant Drive Beach Petpeswick Lake, Eastern Shore Closed No
Sandy Lake Beach Sandy Lake, Bedford Closed No
Saunders Beach Paper Mill Lake, Bedford Closed No
Shubie Park Beach Lake Charles, Shubie Park, Dartmouth Closed No
Springfield Beach Springfield Lake, Sackville Closed No
Webber's Beach Lake Charlotte, Eastern Shore Closed No
Papermill Lake Beach Park Papermill Lake, Bedford Closed No

Outdoor Pools

Outdoor Pool Name Location Status Lifeguard Supervision
Outdoor Pool Name Location Status Lifeguard Supervision
Bedford Outdoor Pool Shore Drive, Bedford Closed Yes
Commons Outdoor Pool Central Commons, Halifax Closed Closed
Cole Harbour Outdoor Pool 609 Colby Drive, Cole Harbour Closed Yes

Splash Pads

On September 7th to 15th all splash pads (except for the Sackville Splash Pad and the Halifax Common Splash Pad) will be open for the following hours: 
Monday - Friday 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturday - Sunday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Splash Pads

Splash Pad Name Location Hours of Operation Lifeguard Supervision Status
Splash Pad Name Location Hours of Operation Lifeguard Supervision Status
Bayers WestWood Splash Pad 3315 Romans Avenue, Halifax M-F 3:30pm-6:30pm & S/S 9am-6:30pm No Open
Cole Harbour Splash Pad 609 Colby Drive, Cole Harbour M-F 3:30pm-6:30pm & S/S 9am-6:30pm No Open
Halifax Common Splash Pad Central Commons, Halifax Closed No Closed
George Dixon Centre Gottingen St., Halifax M-F 3:30pm-6:30pm & S/S 9am-6:30pm No Open
Isleville St Playground Sebastian St., Halifax M-F 3:30pm-6:30pm & S/S 9am-6:30pm No Open
Sackville Splash Pad First Lake Drive, Lower Sackville M-F 3:30pm-6:30pm & S/S 9am-6:30pm No Open (Closes Sept. 6)
Westmount School Edward Arab Ave. M-F 3:30pm-6:30pm & S/S 9am-6:30pm No Open