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Chocolate Lake, including city beach
|Location||Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|Surface elevation||25 m (82 ft)|
Chocolate Lake is located in the Armdale neighbourhood of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The lake is surrounded by many private homes as well as a Best Western hotel and a city beach. As one of the nearest freshwater lakes near Downtown Halifax, Chocolate Late is popular with swimmers and local families during the summer months.
This body of water is an artificial lake into which no aquatic species have been introduced.. However, swimmers have noticed minnows swimming along the edge of Chocolate Lake Beach. Although it is cited as contaminated, the City of Halifax tests the water quality periodically. The name is from the chocolate factory, one of many light industries that used to be on this little lake's shores. The lake formed after the locals quarried the rock.
In the summer months, the beach is patrolled by lifeguards from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The city also provides changing rooms and washrooms. Other facilities near the beach include a tennis court, basketball courts, and a children's playground. There is also a municipally-run Chocolate Lake Recreation Centre on the opposite side of Herring Cove Road.
Chocolate Lake is within walking distance of the West End, Quinpool, Armdale, and many suburban neighbourhoods, and is also accessible via Halifax Transit routes 14 and 20. It has a small parking lot off Melwood Avenue, but as this quickly fills up on warm days, public transit may be a more convenient option.
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- "Supervised Beaches, Outdoor Pools and Splash Pads". Parks and Recreation. Halifax Regional Municipality. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
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- Jenn Grant. 'Dreamer'. YouTube.com. 26 October 2009 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhR0smh6jo4