Dominion Beach

Gardiner Mines, Nova Scotia

Dominion Beach Provincial Park has a boardwalk for strolling along the seaside, a supervised swimming area, washrooms, showers, and changerooms. The beach is known for its historic value, as it used to have a railroad, shipping pier and a hotel with a player piano. The beach has a gentle slope, but in harsh winds the surf conditions can become dangerous. There are many stories about the storms that Dominion beach has weathered - the tsunami that uncovered a cache of Jamaican rum or the hurricane that swept away the beach hotel; as it floated away, the player piano was playing "Over the Waves". To prevent the natural settings from getting battered during the storms today, the provincial govenrment constructed a berm on the beach to protect it from wind and waves in spring 2013.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Sierra Club of Canada Foundation - Atlantic Canada Chapter updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
11°C
Cloudy
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Dominion Beach is sampled weekly from July 1st to August 29th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service collects samples at designated beaches from mid-May to Labour Day. 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.

Beaches sampled on 3 schedules based on the risk of bacteria contamination due to location. Level A beaches are tested weekly, Level B beaches are tested 3 times per summer, and level C beaches are tested twice per summer. Swim Guide checks the NSLS website daily from Monday - Friday for water quality news releases.

For more information on beach openings and closures, call the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service Beach Information Line at 902-477-6168 or visit www.nsls.ns.ca.

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.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Dominion Beach

Gardiner Mines, Nova Scotia

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Sierra Club of Canada Foundation - Atlantic Canada Chapter updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
11°C
Cloudy

Dominion Beach Provincial Park has a boardwalk for strolling along the seaside, a supervised swimming area, washrooms, showers, and changerooms. The beach is known for its historic value, as it used to have a railroad, shipping pier and a hotel with a player piano. The beach has a gentle slope, but in harsh winds the surf conditions can become dangerous. There are many stories about the storms that Dominion beach has weathered - the tsunami that uncovered a cache of Jamaican rum or the hurricane that swept away the beach hotel; as it floated away, the player piano was playing "Over the Waves". To prevent the natural settings from getting battered during the storms today, the provincial govenrment constructed a berm on the beach to protect it from wind and waves in spring 2013.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Dominion Beach is sampled weekly from July 1st to August 29th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service collects samples at designated beaches from mid-May to Labour Day. 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.

Beaches sampled on 3 schedules based on the risk of bacteria contamination due to location. Level A beaches are tested weekly, Level B beaches are tested 3 times per summer, and level C beaches are tested twice per summer. Swim Guide checks the NSLS website daily from Monday - Friday for water quality news releases.

For more information on beach openings and closures, call the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service Beach Information Line at 902-477-6168 or visit www.nsls.ns.ca.

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.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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