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 in 2022 and will be open September 2,3 & 4.

  • Chocolate Lake, Kearney Lake and Penhorn lake

Unsupervised Beaches

The following beaches will be unsupervised this summer: Malay Falls and Webbers Beach.

Water testing

Municipal staff regularly test the water quality for bacteria levels at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as two unsupervised beaches, 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.

The municipality monitors our supervised beaches for fecal bacteria, blue-green algae, and other waterborne contaminants between July 1 – August 31 annually. 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 beach is not reopened until analysis confirms toxin levels are within safe limits for recreation. 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 safe for recreational use.

Click here for information on Algae Blooms

Malay Falls will continue to be tested in 2022, even though unsupervised.

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.

 

2022 ICF CANOE SPRINT AND PARACANOE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Please note the following changes:

  • Parking lot will be closed closed between July 26th and August 8th.
  • Birch Cove Beach will be closed from August 1st to August 8th, opening on August 9th. There will be no lifeguard supervision during these dates.

 

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 Open July 1-August 31st, 2022
Birch Cove Beach Lake Banook, Dartmouth Open July 1-August 31st, 2022
Campbell Point Beach Hatchet Lake, Halifax Open Monday - Friday only, July 4th-August 31st, 2022
Chocolate Lake Beach Chocolate Lake, Halifax Open July 1-August 31st, 2022
Cunard Lake Beach Williams Lake, Halifax Closed July 1-August 31st, 2022
Kearney Lake Beach Kearney Lake, Halifax Open July 1-August 31st, 2022
Kidston Lake Beach Kidston Lake, Halifax Open July 1-August 31st, 2022
Kinap Beach Porters Lake Closed July 1-August 31st, 2022
Lake Echo Beach Lake Echo Closed July 1-August 31st, 2022
Long Pond Beach Long Pond, Halifax Open July 1-August 31st, 2022
Malay Falls Sheet Harbour, Eastern Shore Closed No
Oakfield Park Beach Shubenacadie Grand Lake, Oakfield Open July 1-August 31st, 2022
Penhorn Lake Beach Penhorn Lake, Dartmouth Closed July 1-August 31st, 2022
Pleasant Drive Beach Petpeswick Lake, Eastern Shore Open Monday-Friday only, July 4-August 31st, 2022
Sandy Lake Beach Sandy Lake, Bedford Open July 1-August 31st, 2022
Saunders Beach Paper Mill Lake, Bedford Open July 1-August 31st, 2022
Shubie Park Beach Lake Charles, Shubie Park, Dartmouth Open July 1-August 31st, 2022
Springfield Beach Springfield Lake, Sackville Open July 1-August 31st, 2022
Webber's Beach Lake Charlotte, Eastern Shore Open No
Papermill Lake Beach Park Papermill Lake, Bedford Open No

Outdoor Pools

Outdoor Pool Name Location Status Lifeguard Supervision
Outdoor Pool Name Location Status Lifeguard Supervision
Bedford Outdoor Pool Shore Drive, Bedford Opening July 1, 2022 Yes
Commons Outdoor Pool Central Commons, Halifax Opening 2023 Closed
Cole Harbour Outdoor Pool 609 Colby Drive, Cole Harbour Opening July 1, 2022 Yes

Splash Pads

All splash pads will open June 17th (except for the Halifax Commons), see below for specific times when they can be used.

Summer of 2022 a new Splash pad will open on the Dartmouth Commons (Shirely's Splash pad), check out the social media links for more information on the new Spash pad.

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Splash Pads

Splash Pad Name Location June 17-30, 2022 Operation July 1-September 5, 2022 September 6-10, 2022 Supervision Status
Splash Pad Name Location June 17-30, 2022 Operation July 1-September 5, 2022 September 6-10, 2022 Supervision Status
Bayers WestWood Splash Pad 3315 Romans Avenue, Halifax M-F 3:30pm-8pm & S/S 10:30am-8pm Daily 10:30am-8pm Daily 3:30-6:30pm No Open
Cole Harbour Splash Pad 609 Colby Drive, Cole Harbour M-F 3:30pm-8pm & S/S 10:30am-8pm Daily 10:30am-8pm Daily 3:30-6:30pm No Open
Halifax Common Splash Pad Central Commons, Halifax Closed daily 11am-5pm Closed Starts July 1st, 2022 Closed
George Dixon Centre Gottingen St., Halifax M-F 3:30pm-8pm & S/S 10:30am-8pm Daily 10:30am-8pm Daily 3:30-6:30pm No Open
Isleville St Playground Sebastian St., Halifax M-F 3:30pm-8pm & S/S 10:30am-8pm Daily 10:30am-8pm Daily 3:30-6:30pm 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-8pm & S/S 10:30am-8pm Daily 10:30am-8pm Daily 3:30-6:30pm No Open
Shirley's Splash pad Dartmouth Commons Closed Daily 9am-7pm Daily 3:30-6:30pm No Open