Swimming

  • Amherst Shore

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: June 10 to October 10
    Park contact number: (902) 661-6002
    Civic address: 6596 Hwy 366, Amherst Shore, NS

    On the shore of the Northumberland Strait, Amherst Shore Provincial Park offers an attractive mixed woodland setting for camping. Walking on trails, swimming or beachcombing are enjoyable pastimes at the park. This park, like others along this coast, offers some of the warmest saltwater swimming north of the Carolinas.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    The park offers a 42-site woodland campground (4 pull-through, 2 accessible), showers/comfort station, and a walking trail leading to the unsupervised beach area.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017. See Reservations for details and conditions.

     

    Nearby Attractions

    Amherst

    • Cumberland County Museum (36 km)

    Tidnish Bridge

    • Tidnish Information & Interpretive Centre (13 km)

    Oxford

    • Wild Blueberry & Maple Centre (45 km)

    Pugwash

    • Thinkers Lodge National Historic Site (27 km)

     

    New Brunswick Border (13 km)

     

    Nearby Beaches

    • Northport Beach Provincial Park
    • Gulf Shore Provincial Park

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.

  • Battery

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: June 10 to October 17
    Park contact number: (902) 535-3094

    Located on the south coast of Cape Breton Island, Battery Provincial Park overlooks St. Peters Bay and the Bras d’Or Lake.

    The lighthouse found in the park serves as a beacon for the entrance to St. Peters Canal. Completed in 1869, the 800 m (2,600 ft.) the St Peter’s Canal and lock system allows vessels to sail between Bras d' Or Lake and the Atlantic Ocean.

    Battery Provincial Park saw European occupation as early as the 1700’s and is home to a number of historically significant sites, including the site of a lime kiln used to make plaster and mortar, some of which was used in the construction of Fortress Louisbourg, as well as the remains of two forts that were involved in the French and English struggle over the North American continent.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    Battery Provincial Park offers 56 campsites, 22 open, 8 partially wooded, and 23 wooded, located on a picturesque hillside, showers and flush toilets, a picnic area, and an unsupervised beach. Walking trails provide good views of the surrounding landscapes and bodies of water. Learn more about the history of the area at interpretive sites kiosks along the way.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Amherst

    • Cumberland County Museum (36 km)

    St. Peter's Area

    • St. Peter's Canal (adjoining)
    • Nicolas Denys Museum (1.5 km)
    • Wallace MacAskill Museum (2 km)

    Point Michaud Beach Prov. Park (18 km)

    Canso Causeway (65 km)

    Sydney (90 km)

     

    Museums and festivals provide a glimpse into the rich Acadian and Celtic heritage found throughout the region.

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.


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  • Bayfield Beach

    Northumberland Shore

    Sand and pebble beach offers supervised swimming on weekends. Located 6 km (4 mi.) north of Exit 36 off Highway 104, on St. Georges Bay.

    Address: 151 Bayfield Beach Road, Bayfield.
    County: Antigonish
    Size: 3.48 ha (8.59 ac)
    GPS: N45 38.386 W61 45.524
  • Bayswater Beach

    South Shore

    A white-sand beach and a picnic area. Beach is supervised (July-August/STC). Outdoor barbecue grills, change rooms and toilets. Located 20 km (12 mi.) south of Hwy 103, Exit 7.

    Address: 4015 Hwy 329, Bayswater
    County: Lunenburg
    Size: 4.07 ha (10.05 ac)
    GPS: N44 30.109 W64 04.033
  • Black Duck Cove

    Eastern Shore

    A community managed day-use park with a small sandy beach and a 3.5 km (2.2 mi.) shoreline walking trail.

    Address: 1409 Dover Road, Little Dover
    County: Guysborough
    Size: 137.14 ha (338.88 ac)
    GPS: N45 16.602 W61 01.964
  • Blomidon

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: May 20 to September 5
    Park contact number: (902) 582-7319
    Civic address: 3138 Pereau Road, Canning, NS

    Rising majestically from the shores of the Minas Basin, Blomidon Provincial Park is renowned for its spectacular views. Blomidon's 759 ha (1,875 acres) include 180 m (600 ft.) high cliffs, a variety of habitats, striking natural features, abundant wildlife -- and the world's highest tides wash its shores. These natural attractions provide excellent opportunities for camping, hiking, beachcombing, photography or just appreciating nature.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    Blomidon offers a 70-site campground with 16 open, 5 partially wooded, 55 wooded campsites, two picnic areas, an unsupervised beach near the park entrance, and hiking trails. A group campsite, with kitchen shelter and fire grills, is available by reservation only.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017. See Reservations for details and conditions.

     

    Hiking in Blomidon Provincial Park

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    The Look-off (12 km)

    • Blomidon Look-off Provincial Park

    Scots Bay (20 km)

    • Cape Split Hiking Trail

    Starrs Point (23 km)

    • Prescott House Museum

    Wolfville (29 km)

    • Atlantic Theatre Festival
    • Randall House Historical Museum
    • Robie Tufts Nature Centre
    • Acadia University Botanical Gardens

    Grand Pré

    • Grand Pré National Historic Site

     

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.


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  • Caribou-Munroes Island

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: June 10 to October 10
    Park contact number: (902) 485-6134
    Civic address: 2119 Three Brooks Road, Caribou, NS

    Just a few kilometres from one of Nova Scotia's points of entry, Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park makes a marvellous stop on your way to or from Prince Edward Island.

    A mile long sand beach offers some of the warmest saltwater swimming north of the Carolinas and the campground provide excellent opportunities for camping, or just appreciating nature.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    The park offers 95 campsites, 17 open, 4 partially wooded, 74 wooded, picnic areas, and an unsupervised beach. There is a walking trail along the beach out to the island.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Pictou (6 km)

    • Hector Heritage Quay
    • McCulloch House Museum
    • Northumberland Fisheries Museum

    Stellarton (25 km)

    • Museum of Industry

    Museums and festivals provide a glimpse into the rich Acadian and Celtic heritage found throughout the region.

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.

     


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  • Clam Harbour Beach

    Eastern Shore

    A long, wide sandy beach; supervised (July-August weekends only, STC). Visitors can enjoy a picnic in a field on top of a bluff. Also some cross country skiing in winter. Located 10 km (6 mi) south of Lake Charlotte.

    Address: 158 Beach Road, Clam Harbour
    County: Halifax
    Size: 183.22 ha (452.75 ac)
    GPS: N44 43.598 W62 53.141
  • Conrods Beach

    Conrods Beach is not developed due to its importance as an ecologically sensitive area offering habitat to endangered species such as piping plover. There are no staff, no services, and very little parking.

  • Crystal Crescent Beach

    Halifax Metro

    Three white-sand crescent beaches located at the mouth of Halifax Harbour. Boardwalks to the first two beaches. Trailhead for a hike to Pennant Point, 10 km (6 mi) which provides interesting birding and wildlife viewing.

    Address: 223 Sambro Creek Road., Sambro
    County: Halifax
    Size: 538.89 ha (1331.63 ac)
    GPS: N44 28.307 W63 37.364
  • Dominion Beach

    Cape Breton

    A 1.5 km (1 mi) sandy beach offering supervised swimming (July – August/STC). Boardwalks provide access to the beach and protect the dunes. Wind surfing opportunities.

    Address: 48 Lower Mitchell Avenue, Dominion.
    County: Cape Breton
    Size: 27.96 ha (69.19 ac)
    GPS: N46 12.818 W60 01.729
  • Ellenwood Lake

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: May 20 to September 5
    Park contact number: (902) 761-2400
    Civic address: 1888 Mood Road, Deerfield, NS

    Nestled between two lakes in the heart of southern Nova Scotia, this 114 ha (280 acre) park offers walking trails in a hardwood setting, canoeing, swimming, and camping for all those who like to enjoy the outdoors.

    The quiet beauty of nature is evident everywhere at Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park. The shoreline holds some of Nova Scotia's rare plants, and the lakes have both brown and speckled trout, chain pickerel, and Atlantic salmon.

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    Facilities and Services

    The park offers 87 wooded campsites, two picnic areas, boat launch, a supervised beach, and hiking trail.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Yarmouth (15 km)

    • Firefighters Museum of Nova Scotia
    • Yarmouth County Museum
    • Cape Forchu

    Saulnierville (45 km)

    • Bangor Sawmill Museum

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.


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  • Falls Lake

    Fundy Shore

    Picnic park located on Falls Lake. Carry-in launch point for canoes/kayaks, sport fishing. Limited cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

    Address: 1541 New Ross Rd Hwy 14, Vaughan.
    County: Hants
    Size: 5.70 ha (14.08 ac)
    GPS: N44 50.370 W64 14.384
  • Five Islands

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: June 10 to October 10
    Park contact number: (902) 254-2980
    Civic address: 618 Bentley Branch Road (Hwy 2), Five Islands, NS

    Rising majestically from the shores of the Bay of Fundy, Five Islands Provincial Park is one of Nova Scotia's premiere outdoor destinations. The park features 90 metre (300 ft.) sea cliffs overlooking the world's highest tides, a spectacular setting for camping or any of the many opportunities that abound for hiking, beachcombing, rock collecting and clam digging.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    The park offers 87 campsites,  71 open (17 pull-through; 15 of 17 with water), 22 wooded, two picnic areas, an unsupervised beach, playground and comfort station facility.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Economy (10 km)

    • Cobequid Interpretive Center

    Parrsboro (23 km)

    • Fundy Geological Museum
    • Ottawa House Museum
    • The Ship's Company Theatre

    Joggins (65 km)

    • UNESCO World HeritageSite Fossil Cliffs Museum

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.


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  • Graves Island

    Visitor Notice

    A new electronic entrance gate system is now in place. Campers will be charged a $3 deposit for the card. This charge will be refunded upon the return of the card when their camping stay is over. Please stop at the admin building when leaving to receive the $3 refund.

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: May 20 to October 10
    Park contact number: (902) 275-4425
    Civic address: 230 Graves Island Road, East Chester, NS

    Joined to the mainland by a short causeway, Graves Island Provincial Park is typical of many of the small islands found along Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast. This quiet ocean-side campground has long been a popular vacation spot for Nova Scotians and visitors alike.

    The campground is an excellent base for outdoor adventures including ocean kayaking and biking along the South Shore as well as day tripping to the area's many attractions.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    Graves Island offers a 95 site campground, including 81 open (33 water and electric sites), and 14 wooded.

    The park also has walking trails, picnic area, swimming area and boat launch. The campground has water outlets and a trailer dump station.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Lunenburg (44 km)

    • DesBrisay Museum
    • Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
    • Knaut Rhuland House Museum

    New Ross (40 km)

    • Ross Farm Museum

    Queensland Beach Provincial Park

    Cleveland Beach Provincial Park

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.

  • Groves Point

    Cape Breton

    A sand and pebble beach and warm salt water. Picnic in the field or at tables under a softwood stand. Located 5 km (3 mi) south of Highway 105, before crossing St. Andrew's Channel.

    Address: 1055 Hillside Boularderie Road, Groves Point.
    County: Cape Breton
    Size: 4.64 ha (11.47 ac)
    GPS: N46 13.905 W60 20.746
  • Gulf Shore

    Northumberland Shore

    A popular public beach with warm water, and a picnic park overlooking the Northumberland Strait. Located 5 km (3 mi) north of Pugwash.

    Address: 1033 Gulf Shore Road, Gulf Shore.
    County: Cumberland
    Size: 9.78 ha (24.17 ac)
    GPS: N45 52.351 W63 37.582
  • Heather Beach

    Northumberland Shore

    A small, supervised (July-August / STC) beach offering swimming in the warm waters of the Northumberland Strait. Limited parking area; may be crowded on weekends. Located 8 km (5 mi) east of East Linden.

    Address: 700 Heather Beach Road, Port Howe.
    County: Cumberland
    Size:  6.74 ha (16.65 ac)
    GPS: N45 52.483 W63 45.226
  • Lake George

    Fundy Shore

    A freshwater sandy beach with adjacent launch for canoes and kayaks.

    Address: 125 North River Road, Lake George.
    County: Kings
    Size: 4.16 ha (10.28 ac)
    GPS: N44 55.474 W64 41.422
  • Lake O' Law

    Cape Breton

    The only provincial park in Inverness County located on the Cabot Trail. A rock cairn dedicated to first Irish settlers in the area. Popular with traveling public; especially tour buses as a rest/viewing location.

    Address: 4830 Cabot Trail Hwy 19, Lake O'Law.
    County: Inverness
    Size: 2.15 ha (5.31 ac)
    GPS: N46 16.572 W60 57.745
  • Lawrencetown Beach

    Eastern Shore

    Lawrencetown Beach is noted for its surf, and is a mainstay of surfers living here or visiting the province. Surfing instruction and outfitters located near the park. There is supervised swimming (July – August/STC). Strong rip tides and currents are common - swimmers must exercise caution. Provincially and regionally significant coastal park system; includes regionally significant beach parks, proximity to rails to trails corridor, Trans Canada Trail passes through Cole Harbour Heritage Park

    Address: Lawrencetown Beach - 4348 Lawrencetown Road, Lawrencetown. GPS: N44 38.688 W63 20.706;
    County: Halifax
    Size: 747 ha (1845 ac)
    GPS: N44 38.688 W63 20.706;
    Lawrencetown Beach
  • Lennox Passage

    Cape Breton

    A pleasant park on Isle Madame with two kilometres of shoreline, an operating lighthouse and site of a former post office (c.1910), ferry terminal and two limestone quarries. Picnic in forest or open areas, enjoy the 2 km of trails, or explore the lighthouse. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opportunities in the winter, however parking is available at the gate only. Located on Hwy 320, 5 km (3 mi) east of the junction of Routes 320 and 206.

    Address: 2313 Hwy 320, Isle Madame.
    County: Richmond
    Size: 37.11 ha (91.7 ac)
    GPS:  N45 35.145 W61 01.378
  • Lumsden Pond

    Fundy Shore

    Escape the hot Valley temperatures with a swim in the pond. Surrounded by hardwoods, canoe or kayak the pond in autumn and enjoy the leaf show. Near dam and sluice for NS Power.

    Address: 2530 Corcum Burns Road, Black River.
    County: Kings
    Size: 7.18 ha (17.74 ac)
    GPS: N45 01.554 W64 23.901
  • Martinique Beach

    Eastern Shore

    A 3.7 km crescent, white-sand beach with open and wooded picnic areas behind the dunes. Boardwalks and hard-surfaced paths offer access for beachcombing and swimming. Supervised swimming (July-August/STC). Wildlife refuge area for migratory waterfowl and protected area for piping plover. Parking may be limited on summer weekends. Located 11 km (7 mi) south of Musquodoboit Harbour.

    Address: 2389 Petpeswick Road, East Petpeswick.
    County: Halifax
    Size: 47.02 ha (116.19 ac)
    GPS: N44 41.394 W63 08.841
  • Mavillette Beach

    Yarmouth & Acadian Shores

    A 1.5 km (1 mi) long sandy beach backed by fragile marram grass-covered dunes. Extensive sand flats exposed at low tide. Supervised swimming (July-August STC). Please use boardwalks to protect the dunes when accessing the beach. No picnic tables.

    Address: 295,336,395 John Doucette Road, Mavillette
    County: Digby
    Size: 43.06 ha (106.40 ac)
    GPS: N44 05.369 W66 11.448
  • Melmerby Beach

    Northumberland Shore

    One of Nova Scotia’s most popular beaches, this 2 km (1.25 mi) sandy beach is supervised beach (July-August/ STC). Even on the busiest days, there’s lots of room to spread out and enjoy yourself whether that would be strolling the beach, swimming, flying a kite with the kids kayaking away from it all. Swimmers are advised to be aware of currents and how to reacte to them. Abundant parking. Located 16 km (10 mi) north of Hwy 104, Exit 25.

    Address: 6280 - 6380 Little Harbour Road, Little Harbour.
    County: Pictou
    Size: 113 ha (279.23 ac)
    GPS: N45 39.157 W62 29.764
  • Mickey Hill

    Bay of Fundy/Annapolis Valley

    Popular system of graveled hiking trails along Lambs Lake. Interpretive signage, boardwalks, steep staircases, and suspension bridge through rocky areas. No facilities in off season and parking at the gate only. Located 5 km (3 mi) south of Highway 101, Exit 22.

    Address: 7956 Hwy 8, Graywood.
    County: Annapolis
    Size: 72.93 ha (180.21 ac)
    GPS: N44 43.955 W65 29.602
  • Mira River

    Visitor Notice

    A new electronic entrance gate system is now in place. Campers will be charged a $3.50 deposit for the card. This charge will be refunded upon the return of the card when their camping stay is over. Please stop at the admin building when leaving to receive the $3.50 refund.

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: June 3 to September 12
    Park contact number: (902) 563-3373
    Civic address: 439 Brickyard Road, Albert Bridge, NS

    Jutting out into the famous Mira River and only minutes from Sydney or Fortress Louisbourg National Historic site, Mira River Provincial Park is the perfect escape. It is close enough for day trips into the city or the many attractions found in the area..

    The quiet water-side setting offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities including camping, walking, boating, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, and swimming.

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    Facilities and Services

    The park has 156 campsites, 51 open (44 water and electric sites), 40 Partially Wooded (15 water and electric), 65 Wooded. The park has a picnic area, a boat launch, and a trailer dump station. The large unsupervised beach is ideal for families to play.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Louisbourg (12 km)

    • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    Marion Bridge (25 km)

    • Two Rivers Wildlife Park

    Glace Bay (30 km)

    • Marconi National Historic Site
    • Miners Museum

    Sydney (22 km)

    • Cossitt House Museum

     

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.


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  • Oakfield

    Halifax Metro

    A popular day-use park on Shubenacadie-Grand Lake featuring a small beach (supervised July – August/STC) and a boat launch for motorized craft. Picnic tables, vault toilets, walking trails nearby, and ample parking. Well suited to group events such as corporate picnics or reunions. Camping nearby at Laurie Park.

    Address: 366 Oakfield Park Road, Grand Lake.
    County: Halifax
    Size: 55.62 ha (137.44 ac)
    GPS: N44 54.709 W63 35.116
  • Point Michaud Beach

    Cape Breton

    A 3 km (2 mi) sandy beach, backed by marram-covered sand dunes and large cranberry bogs. Supervised swimming (July – August/STC). Some surfing opportunities.

    Address:  3796 Hwy 247, Point Michaud
    County: Richmond
    Size: 60.60 ha (149.75 ac)
    GPS: N45 35.533 W60 40.805
  • Pomquet Beach

    Northumberland Shore

    This 3 km (2 mi) beach has the best example of dune succession in Nova Scotia with gentle slope and occasional sand bars. Supervised swimming (July – August/STC). There is a tea room near the park and a building where various summertime entertainments are held. Located about 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Hwy 104 between Exits 35 and 36.

    Address: 432 Pomquet Beach Road, Pomquet.
    County: Antigonish
    Size: 164.14 ha (405.60 ac)
    GPS: N45 38.691 W61 49.285
  • Port Maitland Beach

    Yarmouth & Acadian Shores

    Yarmouth & Acadian Shores - A one km sand and cobble beach backed by a grassy picnic area. Supervised swimming (July – August/STC). The nearby wharf and fishing boats are favourite subjects for painters and photographers. From Hwy 101 take Exit 33 to Route 1 and travel 4 km (2.5 mi).

    Address: 3297 Shore Road, Port Maitland.
    County: Yarmouth
    Size: 8.41 ha (20.78 ac)
    GPS: N43 59.090 W66 09.225
  • Queensland Beach

    South Shore

    A popular beach park with metro area residents. Supervised swimming (July – August/STC). Arrive early on hot summer days to find a parking spot.

    Address: 9600 Hwy 3, Hubbards.
    County: Halifax
    Size: 1.35 ha (3.34 ac)
    GPS: N44 38.127 W64 01.553
  • Rainbow Haven Beach

    Eastern Shore

    Rainbow Haven Beach is popular with families looking to have a day of fun at the beach. There is supervised swimming (July – August/STC). Also a great place to fly a kite.

    Address: Rainbow Haven Beach -- 2248 Cow Bay Road (Hwy 322), Cow Bay.
    County: Halifax
    GPS: N44 38.861 W63 25.416
  • Rissers Beach

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: May 20 to October 10
    Park contact number: (902) 688-2034
    Civic address: 5366 Hwy 331, Petite Riviere, NS

    Whether you want to swim, search for sea shells, or just spend the day relaxing in the sun, Rissers Beach Provincial Park offers every kind of recreational opportunity available at the seaside.

    Some of the features of the park include a kilometre long white sand beach and Interpretation Centre and boardwalk along an inland marsh.

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    Facilities and Services

    The park offers two campgrounds with 50 open (19 water and electric sites), 17 partially wooded, and 32 wooded campsites. The park also features picnic areas, and a large supervised beach. There is a canteen and change house with showers adjacent to the beach. Both campgrounds have water outlets and trailer dump stations. The North Rissers campground, while not on the ocean, offers washrooms with showers and a playground.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Bridgewater (30 km)

    • DesBrisay Museum
    • Wile Carding Mill

    Liverpool (50 km)

    • Hank Snow Country Music Centre
    • Perkins House Museum

    Lunenburg (50 km)

    • Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

     

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.


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  • Rushtons Beach

    Northumberland Shore

    Popular beach featuring the warm salt waters of the Northumberland Strait. Broad sandbars at low tide and the salt marsh attract a great variety of birds. Located about 4km (2.5 mi) east of Brule.

    Address: 723 Hwy 6, Brule.
    County: Pictou
    Size: 18.93 ha (46.77 ac)
    GPS: N45 45.164 W63 07.250
  • Sand Hills Beach

    South Shore

    A 2.5 km (1.5 mi) white-sand beach. The sand flat warms at low tide and then warms the incoming tide for swimming. Spectacular dune system backs the beach. Please use boardwalks and marked paths to protect the dune system. Popular bird watching area. Located about 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Hwy 103, Exit 29.

    Address: 28 Sand Hills Beach Park Rd., Villagedale.
    County: Shelburne
    Size: 94.61 ha (233.79 ac)
    GPS: N43 31.585 W65 32.738
  • Summerville Beach

    South Shore

    One of the finest beaches on the South Shore. Approximately 1 km (1/2 mi) long, the beach is backed by sand dunes and an open saltmarsh. As the dunes are used by piping plover, please keep on designated paths.

    Address: 7533 Hwy 3, Summerville Centre.
    County: Queens
    Size: 33.81 ha (83.5 ac)
    GPS: N43 57.270 W64 48.888
  • Ten Mile Lake

    South Shore

    A small lakeside park beneath a stand of pine and hemlock. Relax by the shore or take a quick dip. Excellent fishing. Located 21 km (13 mi) north of Liverpool.

    Address: 3933 Hwy 8, Middlefield.
    County: Queens
    Size: 3.27 ha (8.08 ac)
    GPS: N44 11.377 W64 49.960
  • Thomas Raddall

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: May 20 to October 10
    Park contact number: (902) 683-2664
    Civic address: 529 Raddall Park Road, NS

    Overlooking Port Joli Harbour on Nova Scotia's South Shore, Thomas Radddall Provincial Park is a nature lovers' haven. The park is just across the harbour from Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct National Park, and there are four migratory seabird sanctuaries nearby.

    With over 650 ha (1,600 acres) the park offers visitors a wide range of outdoor experiences, including hiking, camping, picnicing, sight seeing, or relaxing on the beach.

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    Facilities and Services

    Thomas Raddall Provincial Park offers a large campground with a total of 82 sites (13 walk-in), picnic areas, and three unsupervised beaches. It also features both walk-in and drive-up camping sites, beautiful white sand beaches, and walking and cycling trails.

    Walk-in tenting options:

    Coastal Loop - tenting area overlooks a "Freshwater Fen" close to the camper beach (150m). It is accessed by a multi use trail.

    Woodland Site - in tenting area offers a more enclosed or secluded feeling, it is situated on the coastal lowland area of the park but a little further inland.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Liverpool (32 km)

    • Hank Snow Country Music Centre
    • Liverpool Historical Walking Tours
    • Perkins House Museum

    Shelburne (32 km)

    • The Dory Shop Museum (40 km)
    • Black Loyalists Heritage Society (45 km)

    Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct (10 km)

    Liverpool Golf & Country Club (17 km)

    Summerville Beach Provincial Park

     

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.


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  • Tor Bay

    Eastern Shore

    Picturesque picnic area on a rocky point looking out to the open Atlantic, 8 km (5 mi) south of Larry's River. Sweeping sand beaches; boardwalks and interpretive displays describing natural environment as well as historical significance of this site as landing point for first trans-Atlantic cable.

    Address: 650 Hwy 316, Tor Bay.
    County: Guysborough
    Size: 12.88 ha (31.83 ac)
    GPS: N45 11.275 W61 21.267
  • Trout Brook

    Cape Breton

    One of few opportunities to access Lake Ainslie; part of Margaree – Lake Ainslie Canadian Heritage River system. Picnic under a mixed-wood forest and or stroll the beautiful white sandy beach. Located approximately 22.5 km (14 mi) south of the junction of Routes 19 and 395.

    Address: 2535 Hwy 395, Trout Brook.
    County: Victoria
    Size: 8.58 ha (21.20 ac)
    GPS: N46 05.738 W61 08.454
  • Waterside Beach

    Northumberland Shore

    Long sandy beach with warm water, and salt marsh. Seldom crowded. Boardwalk access to the beach. Located 3 km (2 mi) north of Route 6, east of Caribou River.

    Address: 649 R. Grant Road, Caribou River.
    County: Pictou
    Size: 95.71 ha (236.5 ac)
    GPS: N45 45.544 W62 46.585
  • West Mabou Beach

    Cape Breton

    A large sand beach and dune system at the mouth of Mabou Harbour. Birding opportunities, and in winter, try cross-country skiing here.

    Address: 1757 Little Mabou Road, Mabou.
    County: Inverness
    Size: 275.26 ha (680.18 ac)
    GPS: N46 04.333 W61 28.952