Beaches, outdoor pools, and splash pads

Supervised beaches, outdoor pools, and splash pads

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

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.

Water Testing

Municipal staff regularly test the water quality for bacteria (E. coli) levels, blue-green algae, and other waterborne contaminants at all supervised municipal beaches from July 1 to August 31

Bacteria testing

When water samples show an exceedance of the guideline, measured E. coli bacteria concentrations will be posted with beach advisories in public service announcements and on the halifax.ca website.

While a swimming advisory is in effect, use of the beach area will be at the user’s own risk, lifeguards will be present on site to advise against swimming, and swimming lessons will be cancelled.

Blue-green algae monitoring & testing

If a suspected blue-green bloom is observed at one of our supervised beaches, the beach is closed immediately, and water samples are analyzed for toxins. The supervised beach will re-open once water sample results are within Health Canada guidelines. When a bloom is reported to the province in a lake where the municipality supervises a beach, municipal staff conduct follow-up monitoring to ensure water quality is within Health Canada guidelines.

View information on algae blooms

Swimming Lessons

  • To register for swimming lessons for summer 2024 visit our website in late spring to view registration dates. At that time, you can also call our registration line at 902. 490.6666.  All lessons must be pre-booked

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. Portable bathrooms are available at all other supervised beaches.

  • 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 July 1- August 31, 2024
Birch Cove Beach Lake Banook, Dartmouth Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Campbell Point Beach Hatchet Lake, Halifax Closed Monday - Friday | July 1-August 31, 2024
Chocolate Lake Beach Chocolate Lake, Halifax Closed July 1- September 4, 2024
Cunard Lake Beach Williams Lake, Halifax Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Kearney Lake Beach Kearney Lake, Halifax Closed July 1- September 4, 2024
Kidston Lake Beach Kidston Lake, Halifax Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Kinap Beach Porters Lake Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Lake Echo Beach Lake Echo Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Long Pond Beach Long Pond, Halifax Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Malay Falls Sheet Harbour, Eastern Shore Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Oakfield Park Beach Shubenacadie Grand Lake, Oakfield Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Penhorn Lake Beach Penhorn Lake, Dartmouth Closed July 1- September 4, 2024
Pleasant Drive Beach Petpeswick Lake, Eastern Shore Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Sandy Lake Beach Sandy Lake, Bedford Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Saunders Beach Paper Mill Lake (dam side) , Bedford Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Shubie Park Beach Lake Charles, Shubie Park, Dartmouth Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Springfield Beach Springfield Lake, Sackville Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Webber's Beach Lake Charlotte, Eastern Shore Closed July 1- August 31, 2024

Outdoor Pools

Outdoor Pool Name Location Status Lifeguard Supervision
Outdoor Pool Name Location Status Lifeguard Supervision
Bedford Outdoor Pool Shore Drive, Bedford Closed July 1- August 31, 2024
Halifax Common Pool Central Commons, Halifax Open June 15 - September 15, 2024
Cole Harbour Outdoor Pool 609 Colby Drive, Cole Harbour Closed July 1- August 31, 2024

Outdoor Pool Memberships now on sale: 

Bedford Outdoor Pool memberships can be purchased in-person at Lebrun Recreation Centre (36 Holland Ave. Bedford)

Cole Harbour Outdoor Pool memberships can be purchased in-person at Cole Harbour Recreation Centre (1216 Cole Harbour Rd.)

Outdoor Pool Membership Fees

Summer 2024
Membership Fee (including tax)
Membership Fee (including tax)
Adult $83.75
Household $167.51
Youth/Student/Senior $62.81

Outdoor Pools will no longer be offering paid private pool rentals on weekends, allowing for more open swims for the public.  Groups are welcome to attend public swims. You are asked to come early to secure your spots as swims fill quickly!

Please Note Pool Ratios: 1 adult for every 3 children under the age of 8.

Payment for open swims and lane swims will be taken directly at the pools via cash, credit, or debit.  There is no requirement to pre-book swims.

Swim Fees: $2 (tax included) per person per swim.

 * Swimming at the Halifax Commons Outdoor Pool is FREE

Splash Pads

Splash pads across the municipality are now open.

 

Splash Pads

Splash Pad Name Location June 14-27, 2024 June 28 -September 2, 2024 September 3-14, 2024 Supervision Status
Splash Pad Name Location June 14-27, 2024 June 28 -September 2, 2024 September 3-14, 2024 Supervision Status
Bayers WestWood Splash Pad 3315 Romans Avenue, Halifax M-F 3:30pm-8:30pm & S/S 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 3:30-8:30pm No Open
Cole Harbour Splash Pad 609 Colby Drive, Cole Harbour M-F 3:30pm-8:30pm & S/S 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 3:30-8:30pm No Open
Halifax Common Splash Pad Central Commons, Halifax M-F 3:30pm-8:30pm & S/S 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 3:30-8:30pm No Open
George Dixon Centre Gottingen St., Halifax M-F 3:30pm-8:30pm & S/S 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 3:30-8:30pm No Open
Isleville St Playground Sebastian St., Halifax M-F 3:30pm-8:30pm & S/S 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 3:30-8:30pm No Open
Sackville Splash Pad First Lake Drive, Lower Sackville Daily 11am-7pm Daily 11am-7pm Daily 11am-7pm No Open
Westmount School Edward Arab Ave. M-F 3:30pm-8:30pm & S/S 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 3:30-8:30pm No Open
Shirley's Splash pad Dartmouth Commons M-F 3:30pm-8:30pm & S/S 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 9:30am-8:30pm Daily 3:30-8:30pm No Open