Splashpads, Beaches, and Water Testing
Lifeguard supervision and water quality testing has now finished for the 2020 season. Residents are reminded to use all beaches at their own risk.
Most municipal splash pads will remain open until Sunday, September 20, however, hours will be reduced beginning Tuesday, September 8. See below for full details.
The unsupervised beaches are Malay Falls, Dingle beach, Blackrock Beach, Kinsmen beach and Government Wharf.
NOTICE: Please note that Albro Lake Beach in Dartmouth, and Kinap Beach in Porters Lake, are closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water.
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—this year from July 6 to Aug. 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.
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.
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: Under construction, no access to the change rooms, but there will be portable bathrooms on site.
For information on beach closures, call our summer aquatics line at 902.490.5458.