Long Lake Provincial Park

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Long Lake Provincial Park is bordered by the Old Sambro Road on the east, Northwest Arm Drive on the NE, Watershed Commission lands bisected by the St. Margaret's Bay Rd. on the north, (the only entrance to the park which currently has a parking lot is located off this road, close to its intersection with the Prospect Rd.) and Prospect Road on the west.

There is a great community Lake Association Blog found here: https://longlakepark.ca/news/

It can be viewed from: the Northwest Arm Drive between the Spryfield exit on the St. Margaret's Bay Rd., and the Drive's termination on the Old Sambro Rd., the Old Sambro Rd. between the Northwest Arm Drive and its intersection with Leblin Drive and
from the Prospect Road, for a brief section just beyond Exhibition Park.

About 20 entrances to the park can be identified, including:

Several trails are along the St. Margaret's Bay Rd. (including from the parking lot near the Prospect Rd. exit),
while there 4 or 5 off the Northwest Arm Drive, most notably the old road across from Cowie Hill subdivision, which goes past Withrod Lake to some of the more popular swimming spots on Long Lake,
two paths going in opposite directions from the grassy area at the dam at the end of Dentith Rd.,
The Old Prospect Rd., from the Old Sambro Rd. to Goodwood - good access at each end,
the other Goodwood entrance, whose path leads to Harrietsfield, past the Spruce Hill Lake. Actually getting to Harrietsfield via this pathway is not easy because most access to Harrietsfield is blocked by private property.
the road which goes from Harrietsfield to the Spruce Hill Lake dam
2 or 3 paths which terminate on private property in Harrietsfield, and
an old road going from the Exhibition Park to the Pipeline Trail. (see below), and
Halifax Transit bus routes 14, 22, 23, 32, 402

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Lake_Provincial_Park_(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.
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Monitoring Frequency

Long Lake Provincial Park 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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Long Lake Provincial Park

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:  

Long Lake Provincial Park is bordered by the Old Sambro Road on the east, Northwest Arm Drive on the NE, Watershed Commission lands bisected by the St. Margaret's Bay Rd. on the north, (the only entrance to the park which currently has a parking lot is located off this road, close to its intersection with the Prospect Rd.) and Prospect Road on the west.

There is a great community Lake Association Blog found here: https://longlakepark.ca/news/

It can be viewed from: the Northwest Arm Drive between the Spryfield exit on the St. Margaret's Bay Rd., and the Drive's termination on the Old Sambro Rd., the Old Sambro Rd. between the Northwest Arm Drive and its intersection with Leblin Drive and
from the Prospect Road, for a brief section just beyond Exhibition Park.

About 20 entrances to the park can be identified, including:

Several trails are along the St. Margaret's Bay Rd. (including from the parking lot near the Prospect Rd. exit),
while there 4 or 5 off the Northwest Arm Drive, most notably the old road across from Cowie Hill subdivision, which goes past Withrod Lake to some of the more popular swimming spots on Long Lake,
two paths going in opposite directions from the grassy area at the dam at the end of Dentith Rd.,
The Old Prospect Rd., from the Old Sambro Rd. to Goodwood - good access at each end,
the other Goodwood entrance, whose path leads to Harrietsfield, past the Spruce Hill Lake. Actually getting to Harrietsfield via this pathway is not easy because most access to Harrietsfield is blocked by private property.
the road which goes from Harrietsfield to the Spruce Hill Lake dam
2 or 3 paths which terminate on private property in Harrietsfield, and
an old road going from the Exhibition Park to the Pipeline Trail. (see below), and
Halifax Transit bus routes 14, 22, 23, 32, 402

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Lake_Provincial_Park_(Nova_Scotia)

Monitoring Frequency

Long Lake Provincial Park 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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