Sandy Lake Park Beach

Bedford, Nova Scotia

Sandy Lake, 25 minutes from Halifax, has a supervised swimming area, picnic tables overlooking the lake, public washrooms and a hiking trail that loops around the lake. The lake has bass and speckled trout making it an excellent fishing spot.

The beach is located within the Bedford Lions Club Sandy Lake Park, which offers popular off-leash dog areas.

This is a freshwater beach and is tested for E. coli.

“Big Sandy Lake” is situated in Bedford, Nova Scotia. The lake is a major water body within the Sackville River Watershed, and it’s health is vital to the ecology of the area. Learn more at https://sandylake.org/ with The Sandy Lake Conservation Association (SLCA) which aims to protect the ecosystem and the watershed of the Sandy Lake to Sackville River area. We support the expansion of the Sandy Lake (Jack Lake) Regional Park – a magnificent old forest, wildlife and recreation park protecting the Sackville River floodplain.

Photo Credit to Dr David Patriquin

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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Current Weather
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Monitoring Frequency

Sandy Lake Park 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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Sandy Lake Park Beach

Bedford, 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
-3°C
Cloudy

Sandy Lake, 25 minutes from Halifax, has a supervised swimming area, picnic tables overlooking the lake, public washrooms and a hiking trail that loops around the lake. The lake has bass and speckled trout making it an excellent fishing spot.

The beach is located within the Bedford Lions Club Sandy Lake Park, which offers popular off-leash dog areas.

This is a freshwater beach and is tested for E. coli.

“Big Sandy Lake” is situated in Bedford, Nova Scotia. The lake is a major water body within the Sackville River Watershed, and it’s health is vital to the ecology of the area. Learn more at https://sandylake.org/ with The Sandy Lake Conservation Association (SLCA) which aims to protect the ecosystem and the watershed of the Sandy Lake to Sackville River area. We support the expansion of the Sandy Lake (Jack Lake) Regional Park – a magnificent old forest, wildlife and recreation park protecting the Sackville River floodplain.

Photo Credit to Dr David Patriquin

Monitoring Frequency

Sandy Lake Park 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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Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Bedford, Nova Scotia
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