Halifax Nova Scotia Sports & Recreation: Swimming Pools information, listings and links

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


    Birch Cove Beach

    Banook Lake


    Campbell Point Beach

    Hatchet Lake


    Chocolate Beach

    Chocolate Lake


    Commons Pool

    Central Commons Park


    Fenerty Beach

    Paper Mill

    Lake Bedford

    Kearney Beach

    Kearney Lake


    Kidston Beach

    Kidston Lake


    *Kinap Beach

    Porter's Lake

    Eastern Shore

    Kinsman Beach

    First Lake


    Lake Echo Beach

    Lake Echo

    Eastern Shore

    Long Pond Beach

    Long Pond


    Penhorn Beach

    Penhorn Lake


    Pleasant Drive Beach

    Petpeswick Lake

    Eastern Shore

    Saunders Beach

    Paper Mill Lake


    Sheet Harbour


    Eastern Shore

    Shubie Beach

    Lake Charles (Shubie Park)


    Springfield Beach

    Springfield Lake





    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. Margaretís 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. Margaretís 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.
    • Porterís 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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