Dollar Lake Beach

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Dollar Lake Beach is located in Halifax County

History

Dollar Lake beach is a natural, sandy beach which lies at the northernmost end of Dollar Lake. It was make accessible to the public in 1981 by the Department of Natural Resources. Trucks brought sand to the beach to lengthen the natural swimming area. A 1995 study of provincial beach parks by the Nova Scotia Sport and Recreation Commission identified Dollar Lake as an extremely popular unsupervised beach site. In 1996, the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service began supervision of this site.

Facilities

Dollar Lake Beach features include three camping loops, a boat launch, forest trails, a canteen, washrooms, change houses, outdoor showers, picnic areas and a small island to the left of the beach.

Beach Safety

Dollar Lake Beach's lifeguards strongly enforce a "No Diving" rule at all times. The lifeguards also advise patrons not to shoulder dive or swim outside of the supervised area. Hard shell boats are prohibited from launching, landing or travelling in the supervised area. Inflatable boats, rafts or flotation devices are also prohibited on days when the wind is blowing offshore. This is to prevent weak or non-swimmers from being carried too far from shore. The supervised swimming area is marked by red and yellow flags on either side of the beach and red buoys in the water. It is generally about 150 metres in width, but can vary depending on beach conditions. Dollar Lake's water temperature can be somewhat cool during early July but usually peaks during mid-August. It is not uncommon to experience regular water temperatures of over 20oC.

Directions

To get to Dollar Lake provincial park from Halifax, take Highway 102 to exit 5A. After exiting the highway take the first left, and then the first right onto the Old Guysborough road. Follow this road for 20km and the beach will be on the right.

Civic Address

5265 Old Guysborough Road, Wyse’s Corner, HRM