Cunard Beach

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Cunard Beach is a modest site which has a minimalist charm to it. Located adjacent to Cunard Junior High, this beach is not hard to find but easy to appreciate as one's own. Public transportation is an available and reliable option.

Cunard Beach has an open strip of sand right next to Williams Lake. During the summer months of the year from July 1 to August 31 on fair weather days there are lifeguards supervising the beach from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On the other side of the beach, there is a large grassy field which is free to use. On Cunard Beach, there is also a volleyball court above a sandy enclosure and a baseball field available for use.

Fun Fact: Cunard Beach was named after the Cunard family who were a prominent family during the goldrush of the 1860’s.

*** Let us know how the beach is doing! Use the Report Pollution tool to send us photos, ask questions or let us know you love the water. The Report Pollution tool is your direct line to reach us. ***

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
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 5th, 2021. Re-imagining Atlantic Harbours in 2050 updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 5th, 2021 at 1:23 PM.
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Current Weather
15°C
A few clouds
Monitoring Frequency

Cunard 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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Cunard 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
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 5th, 2021. Re-imagining Atlantic Harbours in 2050 updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 5th, 2021 at 1:23 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
15°C
A few clouds

Cunard Beach is a modest site which has a minimalist charm to it. Located adjacent to Cunard Junior High, this beach is not hard to find but easy to appreciate as one's own. Public transportation is an available and reliable option.

Cunard Beach has an open strip of sand right next to Williams Lake. During the summer months of the year from July 1 to August 31 on fair weather days there are lifeguards supervising the beach from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On the other side of the beach, there is a large grassy field which is free to use. On Cunard Beach, there is also a volleyball court above a sandy enclosure and a baseball field available for use.

Fun Fact: Cunard Beach was named after the Cunard family who were a prominent family during the goldrush of the 1860’s.

*** Let us know how the beach is doing! Use the Report Pollution tool to send us photos, ask questions or let us know you love the water. The Report Pollution tool is your direct line to reach us. ***

Monitoring Frequency

Cunard 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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Water Quality Graph

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