Birch Cove Beach

Birch Cove Beach

Birch Cove Beach

Birch Cove Beach

Birch Cove Beach is quite popular during the summer months of the year; each day, approximately, 200 people visit it. Beginning in late May until the end of September, washrooms/changing facilities are available for public use from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In 2013 and 2014, Birch Cove Beach became the first beach in Nova Scotia to be awarded Blue Flag Status (an international eco-label).




There are active lifeguards on duty beginning on July 1 to August 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m on fair weather days only. 


There are red bouys installed at this beach to indicate where it is safe to swim. 

When swimming at any beach you should follow these safety guidelines.

  • Swim with a buddy
  • Children Under the Age of 8 must be accompanied by an Adult in the Water and Must stay within Arms Reach at all times.

  • No Boats, Kayaks, Canoes in the supervise area

  • No Smoking or Vaping on the beach

  • No alcohol on the beach

  • No Pets on the Beach

  • No Barbeques on the Beach


Birch Cove Beach has many features that make this beach accessible to almost everyone.

  • Parking
  • Paved walkways
  • Change rooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Beach mobility chair
  • Canoe / Kayak launch


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. 


Items to be added in 2022


FREE swimming lessons are offered at most HRM beaches. To see what levels are available or to register visit  or call 902.490.6666 or online at .