Long Lake Provincial Park is a treasured summer destination for the people of Halifax. The park was recently featured on a list of the “top 10 places to cool down in the summer” by the Chronicle Herald. Since 2016, the forested area of the park has been open for all to explore thanks to the accessible Lakeview Trail. These days, the lake itself has become even easier for all to enjoy. This past July, the Long Lake Adventure Company opened its doors to the public. The company offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals to make it easier for people to get out on the lake and enjoy all four corners of the park.

The Long Lake Adventure Company is a small business located at the boat launch in Long Lake Park (75 Old Sambro Road) for those looking for a more specific address. (photo 1)

Photo 1. “The Long Lake Adventure Company is a small business located at the boat launch in Long Lake Park (75 Old Sambro Road) for those looking for a more specific address.”

The company opened its doors on July 14th of this year and its inaugural season will continue until early September. So, if you haven’t had the chance to get out and paddle Long Lake you haven’t missed your shot yet! The outfit has both kayaks and stand-up paddleboards available for hourly and daily rentals. In addition to the rental station, the south side of the lake has been particularly busy this summer with the addition of Spryfield Days events and several Swim Nova Scotia open water swims taking place at the boat launch.

Hour long rentals are more than enough to explore the southern shorelines of the lake and the dam. Longer rentals will allow explorers to take off for the day and journey north to Goat Island in the centre of the lake. The hyper adventurous can continue to the northwestern area of the lake and explore the beaches and coves that line the shore. This area is home to some local favorite swimming spots that are accessed via the St Margaret’s Bay Road at the northern border of the park. (photo 2) What could be cooler than arriving at these popular swimming spots from the other side of the lake via stand-up paddleboard?

Photo 2. “This area is home to some local favorite swimming spots that are accessed via the St Margaret’s Bay Road at the northern border of the park.”

In other August news, the fireworks display planned for Spryfield Days was rescheduled due to weather and held on Saturday the 11th. Follow the link below to see some video from the event! That night, fireworks set off at the dam in Long Lake lit up the park for several bright, loud, spectacular and memorable minutes.

While paddleboard and kayak access used to be limited only to people who could bring their own equipment, the lake is now open to those who just want to pop in for a quick morning paddle. This is perhaps the coolest part of the arrival of the Long Lake Adventure Co. In summary, as of the publication of this post, the Long Lake Adventure Co. is still open for business. However, with plans to close mid September depending on weather, those who still want to check out the lake will have to hustle over in order to explore the lake via paddleboard before next spring!