Lake­side loung­ing

Skip the salty sting and float free from rip­tides at a fresh­wa­ter beach next time you need to cool off.


Pen­horn Beach

70 Pen­horn Drive, Dart­mouth

Head to the City of Lakes to find this small oa­sis that's great for swimming. Tired? Take a break on one of the many benches. The beach is su­per­vised by a life­guard and reg­u­larly tested for E. coli. Hop on the 62 Wild­wood bus or the 10 West­phal to get there.

Kid­ston Lake Beach

End of Field­stone Street, Spry­field

The sandy beach near the Kid­ston Is­land

Ligh­house has both a life­guard and cov­ered pic­nic ta­bles. Take the 14 Leib­lin Park bus to get there.

Paper­mill Lake Beach

46 Lake Drive, Bed­ford

This lake isn't sandy, but a grassy area with steps built-in down to the lake, mak­ing it per­fect for swim­mers. Clean and su­per­vised, this spot is pop­u­lar for fam­i­lies with kids. Catch the 91 West Bed­ford bus or the 8 Sackville to get there.

Kins­men First Lake Beach

71 First Lake Drive, Lower Sackville

A very kid-friendly beach with a play­ground and a gazebo over­look­ing the lake. There's a splash pad on­site open 10am-7pm. Note HRM will not have a life­guard here for the 2020 sea­son. Board the 84 Sackville to get there.

Dol­lar Lake Beach

5265 Old Guys­bor­ough Road, Wy­ses Cor­ner

This beach is sur­rounded by serene wood­land pro­vid­ing the per­fect es­cape from re­al­ity. There's tons to do like hik­ing the nearby trails, boat­ing, camp­ing or fish­ing, or just hang­ing out with your pals for the day. No buses head this way, but it's about a 55km drive from down­town Hal­i­fax.

Lions Beach Park

10 Nowlan Street, Dart­mouth

A sandy beach on the shores of Lake Banook, you can jump in for a swim or take a pad­dle at the Aquatic Club. Sul­li­van's Pond geese are nearby to gaze upon from afar. Nearby restau­rants make it easy to spend an en­tire day at the lake. Grab the 56 Dart­mouth Cross­ing bus or the 68 Port­land to Cherry Brook to get there.

Birch Cove Beach

Oak­dale Cres­cent, Dart­mouth

Lo­cated within Birch Cove Park on the op­po­site side of Lake Banook, this park has shaded pic­nic ta­bles and a wharf great for launch­ing kayaks and pad­dle boards. Walk the short trail that winds by the lake, or dip your feet in the wa­ter. Hop on the 56 Dart­mouth Cross­ing bus or the 10 West­phal to get there.

Camp­bell Point Beach Park

187 Lake­wood Drive, Brook­side

A sandy beach on Hatchet Lake off Prospect Road sur­rounded by shady spots to spread out a blan­ket and re­lax. There's enough space to play vol­ley­ball, and a few nearby trails to ex­plore. No buses go out this way, but it's about a 20km drive from down­town Hal­i­fax.

Long Lake

Cor­ner of Old Sam­bro Road & Dun­brack Street

Lo­cated within Long Lake Pro­vin­cial Park, this beach is known for its rocky shores. Bring a group of friends and hike for an af­ter­noon in the wilder­ness. The lake is huge, so there's plenty of space to find a spot all your own to lay out a towel or take a dip. Catch the 22 Ar­m­dale or the 9B Her­ring Cove bus to get there.

Choco­late Lake

14 Pur­cells Cove Road.

One of the clos­est fresh­wa­ter lakes to down­town, Choco­late Lake is a pop­u­lar fam­ily spot whose steep dropoff is owed to its past life as a quarry. Named after a choco­late fac­tory that once sat on its shore, this spot has a ten­nis court, bas­ket­ball court and play­ground. Take the 22 Ar­m­dale or the 14 Leib­lin Park bus to get there.


Swim all day with­out worry—you can't be swept out to sea on a lake. ALEXA CUDE

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