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Chocolate Lake
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Chocolate Lake, including city beach
Chocolate Lake is located in Nova Scotia
Chocolate Lake
Chocolate Lake
Location in Nova Scotia
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia
Coordinates 44°38′19.9″N 63°37′19.9″W / 44.638861°N 63.622194°W / 44.638861; -63.622194
Type Artificial
Surface elevation 25 m (82 ft)
Settlements Armdale, Halifax

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 to Downtown Halifax, Chocolate Lake is popular with swimmers and families during the summer months.

This body of water is an artificial lake formed as a result of quarrying. No aquatic species have been introduced, although 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 the shores of the lake.

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 a municipally-run Chocolate Lake Recreation Centre on the opposite side of Herring Cove Road.

Chocolate Lake is referenced in the Jenn Grant song titled Dreamer at approximately 1:52.


Chocolate Lake is within walking distance of the urban West End, Quinpool District, and Armdale, as well as many suburban neighbourhoods in Halifax, and is accessible via Halifax Transit routes 14 and 9A/9B. It has a small parking lot off Melwood Avenue.

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