Upcoming Events:

Public Talk: Dr. David Patriquin presents ‘A natural history perspective of the forests, wetlands and surface waters of Sandy Lake (Bedford) & Environs’
Hosted by the Sackville Rivers Association, Thursday December 6, 2018, 7pm
45 Connolly Rd #206, Middle Sackville

As a volunteer contribution to the efforts of the Sandy Lake Conservation Association to protect the ecological integrity of Sandy Lake and environs, David conducted extensive observations on plant communities and surface waters of Sandy Lake and environs (including the Jack Lake lands and lands around Sandy Lake and Marsh Lake) over the interval June 14, 2017 to the present. His objectives were “to describe ‘what you see on the ground’, identify significant ecological attributes of the area, and make some assessment of existing or potential threats to the ecological integrity of the area.” David will provide a virtual tour of Sandy Lake and Environs and present his major conclusions about what he now sees as a major ecological and recreational asset for HRM. David retired from his position as Professor of Biology at Dalhousie University in 2008. Since then he has been active several natural history and hiking groups with a focus on the Chebucto Peninsula.

Introduction to Sandy Lake, Bedford

Sandy Lake is situated in Bedford, Nova Scotia. The lake is a major water body within the Sackville River Watershed.  It’s health is vital to the ecology of the area.


Like most urban lakes, anthropogenic (human) activity impact water quality negativley. Sandy lake is no different, with the tropic status trending towards worsening water quality.

Development pressure is placing the lake and associated wildlife further at risk of accelerating the current negative trend. It is imperative that environmental stewardship is championed to slow and possibly reverse this trend.