Kidston Beach

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Kidston Lake Beach is a fascinating place to visit; it is most popular amongst those who enjoy swimming in the lake. Kidston Lake Beach is located just 20 minutes outside of downtown Halifax (in Spryfield). Public transportation is an available and reliable option (however, walking will be required). There are also available parking spaces on-site.

Kidston Lake Beach has a modest sized beach area adjacent to the lake (the perimeter of which is lined with trees). Along the entrance point of the lake, there are also several boulders to sit down at (if you want to avoid sand sticking to you). Within the lake, there are two landmark boulders that swimmers often visit – The Rocking Stone and Breadloaf Point. The Rocking Stone got its nickname for being a 90-ton boulder which can be rocked with a lever. Breadloaf Point is on a separate side of the lake and is a narrow boulder which swimmers can treat like a destination point or a resting spot. From July 1 to August 31, there are lifeguards on duty at the beach area from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on fair weather days only. HRM facilities also offer recreational sports equipment to borrow while on the lake.

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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 60-95% 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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Monitoring Frequency

Kidston 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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Kidston 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 60-95% 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
2°C
Cloudy

Kidston Lake Beach is a fascinating place to visit; it is most popular amongst those who enjoy swimming in the lake. Kidston Lake Beach is located just 20 minutes outside of downtown Halifax (in Spryfield). Public transportation is an available and reliable option (however, walking will be required). There are also available parking spaces on-site.

Kidston Lake Beach has a modest sized beach area adjacent to the lake (the perimeter of which is lined with trees). Along the entrance point of the lake, there are also several boulders to sit down at (if you want to avoid sand sticking to you). Within the lake, there are two landmark boulders that swimmers often visit – The Rocking Stone and Breadloaf Point. The Rocking Stone got its nickname for being a 90-ton boulder which can be rocked with a lever. Breadloaf Point is on a separate side of the lake and is a narrow boulder which swimmers can treat like a destination point or a resting spot. From July 1 to August 31, there are lifeguards on duty at the beach area from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on fair weather days only. HRM facilities also offer recreational sports equipment to borrow while on the lake.

*** 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

Kidston 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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