Kearney Beach

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Kearney Lake is an exuberant site with numerous offerings. Finding Kearney Lake is not difficult either as it is located alongside Kearney Lake Road. The main point of entry into Kearney Lake will require a left turn (off the 102 highway) on to Hamshaw Drive and shortly a right turn on to Saskatoon Drive. There is parking available on the site but spaces are limited.

Kearney Lake has a sandy beach next to a marvelous lake. At Kearney Lake, there is also an onsite washroom and a playground for children. From July 1 to August 31, there are lifeguards on duty (on fair weather days only from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm). Alongside the lake is where the Maskwa Aquatic Club can be found (it is a sailing and rowing club). The Maskwa Aquatic Club also offers swimming and lifeguard training. Nearby from the lake, there are several enthralling trails that one could bike on or walk in the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Wilderness Areas.

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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
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% 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
20°C
A mix of sun and clouds
Monitoring Frequency

Kearney 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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Kearney 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
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% 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
20°C
A mix of sun and clouds

Kearney Lake is an exuberant site with numerous offerings. Finding Kearney Lake is not difficult either as it is located alongside Kearney Lake Road. The main point of entry into Kearney Lake will require a left turn (off the 102 highway) on to Hamshaw Drive and shortly a right turn on to Saskatoon Drive. There is parking available on the site but spaces are limited.

Kearney Lake has a sandy beach next to a marvelous lake. At Kearney Lake, there is also an onsite washroom and a playground for children. From July 1 to August 31, there are lifeguards on duty (on fair weather days only from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm). Alongside the lake is where the Maskwa Aquatic Club can be found (it is a sailing and rowing club). The Maskwa Aquatic Club also offers swimming and lifeguard training. Nearby from the lake, there are several enthralling trails that one could bike on or walk in the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Wilderness Areas.

*** The Report Pollution tool is your direct line to reach us. Use it to send us photos, ask questions and let us know how your beach is doing! We cannot wait to hear from you! ***

Monitoring Frequency

Kearney 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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