Penhorn Lake Beach

Penhorn lake Beach

Penhorn Lake is spacious, making it ideal for the active swimmer; it also has a wide circumference for those who want to walk/run and just enjoy the view of the lake. There are several benches conveniently placed along the edge of the lake for those who want to relax while keeping a watchful eye on the lake.




There are active lifeguards on duty beginning on July 1 to August 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m on fair weather days only. Chocolate lake beach has an extended season with supervision on September 4th, 5th and 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


There are red bouys installed at this beach to indicate where it is safe to swim. 

When swimming at any beach you should follow these safety guidelines.

  • Swim with a buddy
  • Children Under the Age of 8 must be accompanied by an Adult in the Water and Must stay within Arms Reach at all times.

  • No Boats, Kayaks, Canoes in the supervise area

  • No Smoking or Vaping on the beach

  • No alcohol on the beach

  • No Pets on the Beach

  • No Barbeques on the Beach


Penhorn lake has many features that make this beach accessible to almost everyone.

  • Parking
  • Paved walkways
  • Change rooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Beach mobility matt
  • Beach mobility chair


Municipal staff regularly test the water quality for bacteria levels at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as one unsupervised beach, during the summer months (July 1 - August 31). Know your swimming limitations if you choose to swim in unsupervised bodies of water. 

Click here for information on Algae Blooms


Items to be added in 2022


FREE swimming lessons are offered at most HRM beaches. To see what levels are available or to register visit  or call 902-490-6666 or online at .