Kinsmen Beach

Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia

Kinsmen First Lake Beach is a quaint spot with plenty to see and do. To get to the beach, you must first go to Bedford and then travel along Glendale Drive or First Lake Drive – both roads will lead to Kinsmen First Lake Beach. Public transportation is an available and reliable option. There are also available parking spaces on-site.

Kinsmen First Lake Beach has a mid sized stretch of sand next to a large, open lake. On the other side of the beach, there is a playground for children to use (this part of the beach is surrounded by trees which offer plenty of shade on hot summer days). From 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, every June to September, a splash pad is available for use. Please note that there are no lifeguards supervising the beach.

Next to the lake, there is also a big gazebo which is commonly used for wedding ceremonies and where outdoor concerts are occasionally held. During the summer months of the year, Kinsmen Park offers free movie night events for everyone to enjoy.

Fun Fact: Kinsmen Park was opened by a Kinsmen club (a charitable organization) which dates back to the 1920’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.

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Monitoring Frequency

Kinsmen 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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Kinsmen Beach

Lower Sackville, 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
-2°C
Cloudy

Kinsmen First Lake Beach is a quaint spot with plenty to see and do. To get to the beach, you must first go to Bedford and then travel along Glendale Drive or First Lake Drive – both roads will lead to Kinsmen First Lake Beach. Public transportation is an available and reliable option. There are also available parking spaces on-site.

Kinsmen First Lake Beach has a mid sized stretch of sand next to a large, open lake. On the other side of the beach, there is a playground for children to use (this part of the beach is surrounded by trees which offer plenty of shade on hot summer days). From 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, every June to September, a splash pad is available for use. Please note that there are no lifeguards supervising the beach.

Next to the lake, there is also a big gazebo which is commonly used for wedding ceremonies and where outdoor concerts are occasionally held. During the summer months of the year, Kinsmen Park offers free movie night events for everyone to enjoy.

Fun Fact: Kinsmen Park was opened by a Kinsmen club (a charitable organization) which dates back to the 1920’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

Kinsmen 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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