Halifax Beaches

Waterfront Trail passes several beaches in Hamilton

Freshwater Lake Beaches

Halifax Regional Municipality has a number of great places to swim, however, not all are safe and/or lifeguard supervised. Residents are encouraged to swim at supervised beach locations.

  • The Lifeguards are certified by the Lifesaving Society of Canada, with specialized training, first aid & emergency equipment.
  • Pre-season and daily maintenance
  • The Department of Health does weekly water quality tests
  • Lifeguards provide water safety education
  • Supervision from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, July 1 - August 30.




Albro Beach Big Albro Lake Dartmouth
Birch Cove Beach Banook Lake Dartmouth
Campbell Point Beach Hatchet Lake Halifax
Chocolate Beach Chocolate Lake Halifax
Commons Pool Central Commons Park Halifax
Fenerty Beach Paper Mill Lake Bedford
Kearney Beach Kearney Lake Halifax
Kidston Beach Kidston Lake Halifax
*Kinap Beach Porter's Lake Eastern Shore
Kinsman Beach First Lake Sackville
Lake Echo Beach Lake Echo Eastern Shore
Long Pond Beach Long Pond Halifax
Penhorn Beach Penhorn Lake Dartmouth
Pleasant Drive Beach Petpeswick Lake Eastern Shore
Saunders Beach Paper Mill Lake Bedford
Sheet Harbour TBA Eastern Shore
Shubie Beach Lake Charles (Shubie Park) Dartmouth
Springfield Beach Springfield Lake Sackville
Beaverbank TBA Sackville
Webber's Beach Lake Charlotte Eastern Shore
* No weekend supervision at these sites.

Saltwater Ocean Beaches

Here are some of the better ocean beaches in the Halifax area:

  • Clam Harbour Beach off Highway. 7.
    Clam Harbour Beach hosts the annual Sandcastle-Sculpture Contest, held in August. Supervised on weekends only (10am to 6pm)
  • Lawrencetown Beach Highway. 207
    The top of the hill at Lawrencetown gives you a panorama of the magnificent beach stretching out into the distance. A popular place for surfers year-round.
  • Martinique Beach The longest, white sand beach in Nova Scotia reminds you of the Caribbean. Enjoy the 2 mile beach walk.
  • Taylors Head Beach Taylor's Head, j ust west of Sheet Harbour, is a nature lover's paradise. It has ten miles of headland, several secluded beaches and many picturesque hiking trails
  • Queensland Beach At St. Margaret's Bay, Highway. 3. Supervised beach.
  • Rainbow Haven Provincial Beach Highway. 207 to Bissett Road.
    Full facilities. Nearest serviced beach park to downtown Halifax.

Here are several unsupervised beaches in the area:

  • Cleveland Beach (ocean) St. Margaret's Bay, Highway. 3. Minimal facilities.
  • Crystal Crescent Beach (ocean) Highway. 349, on the open Atlantic. No facilities.
  • Laurie Provincial Park (lake) on Shubenacadie Grand Lake, Highway 2. Boating, camping.
  • Lewis Lake(lake) Upper Tantallon, Highway 3. Accessible, facilities, trails, fishing.
  • Martinique Beach (ocean) off Highway 7/107. Minimal facilities. At 5km, the longest beach in Nova Scotia.
  • Oakfield Provincial Park (lake) on Shubenacadie Grand Lake, Highway 2. Large picnic area, small beach, boat ramp, minimal facilities, accessible.
  • Porter's Lake (lake) south of Highway 7. Large freshwater lake near ocean. Boating, swimming, fishing, facilities, camping.
  • Taylor Head(ocean) off Highway 7. Minimal facilities. Hiking, swimming.

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