Black Rock Beach

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Black Rock Beach is a peaceful place to unwind. The beach is located within Point Pleasant Park (at the south end of Halifax). On-site, there is available parking and bicycle racks. Public transportation is also an available and reliable option.

Black Rock Beach is not the grandest beach, but it is a focal point within Point Pleasant Park (Halifax’s largest park). During the summer months of the year, visitors can come to enjoy the scenery and a swim. Public washrooms can also be found in proximity to the beach. This beach is ideal for people who want to scuba dive because of the breakwater from the nearby Halifax Pier and eelgrass beds. While swimming is not ideal after the summertime, the beach is open year round for visitors who just want to enjoy the scenery. Please note that there is no lifeguard supervision at this beach.

During the summertime, Point Pleasant Park is home to Shakespeare by the Sea – a theatre company who performs plays right next to the sea.

*** Want to get in touch? The Report Pollution tool is a way for you to let us know how the water is doing. You can also send us a photo! We cannot wait to hear from you! ***

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

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Monitoring Frequency

Black Rock Beach is sampled weekly from July 1st to August 31st.

Source Information

Halifax Regional Municipality staff monitor Halifax beaches and collects samples at designated beaches weekly from July 1st to August 31st. All designated beaches are tested for E. coli and some saltwater beaches are tested for Enterococci. When bacteria counts exceed the provincial standard, the beach is considered to be unsafe for swimming and warning signs are posted at the beach. When bacteria counts exceed the provincial standard, the municipality also publishes Public Service Announcements on its website and announces the beach closure through social media channels.

Swim Guide checks the Halifax Regional Municipality website daily for updates during the swimming season.

A beach is marked Green when when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period is below 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water or when a single sample exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 ml of water. Officials will also close a beach if the Enterococci level reaches 70 counts per 100 ml of water.

Beaches may be retested when counts exceed 200 E.Coli per 100 ml of water. When counts exceed 35 Enterococci per 100 ml beaches are retested every 24-48 hours until levels drop below the accepted levels and closure is considered.

A beach is marked Grey when reliable or up-to-date information is not available.

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Black Rock Beach

Halifax, Nova Scotia

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Special Status
  • This means the affiliate organization managing a beach has set the beach status based on special local knowledge or information. Check the beach description and the Sources section for details.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
9°C
Cloudy

Black Rock Beach is a peaceful place to unwind. The beach is located within Point Pleasant Park (at the south end of Halifax). On-site, there is available parking and bicycle racks. Public transportation is also an available and reliable option.

Black Rock Beach is not the grandest beach, but it is a focal point within Point Pleasant Park (Halifax’s largest park). During the summer months of the year, visitors can come to enjoy the scenery and a swim. Public washrooms can also be found in proximity to the beach. This beach is ideal for people who want to scuba dive because of the breakwater from the nearby Halifax Pier and eelgrass beds. While swimming is not ideal after the summertime, the beach is open year round for visitors who just want to enjoy the scenery. Please note that there is no lifeguard supervision at this beach.

During the summertime, Point Pleasant Park is home to Shakespeare by the Sea – a theatre company who performs plays right next to the sea.

*** Want to get in touch? The Report Pollution tool is a way for you to let us know how the water is doing. You can also send us a photo! We cannot wait to hear from you! ***

Monitoring Frequency

Black Rock Beach is sampled weekly from July 1st to August 31st.

Source Information

Halifax Regional Municipality staff monitor Halifax beaches and collects samples at designated beaches weekly from July 1st to August 31st. All designated beaches are tested for E. coli and some saltwater beaches are tested for Enterococci. When bacteria counts exceed the provincial standard, the beach is considered to be unsafe for swimming and warning signs are posted at the beach. When bacteria counts exceed the provincial standard, the municipality also publishes Public Service Announcements on its website and announces the beach closure through social media channels.

Swim Guide checks the Halifax Regional Municipality website daily for updates during the swimming season.

A beach is marked Green when when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period is below 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water or when a single sample exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 ml of water. Officials will also close a beach if the Enterococci level reaches 70 counts per 100 ml of water.

Beaches may be retested when counts exceed 200 E.Coli per 100 ml of water. When counts exceed 35 Enterococci per 100 ml beaches are retested every 24-48 hours until levels drop below the accepted levels and closure is considered.

A beach is marked Grey when reliable or up-to-date information is not available.

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