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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
  • 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
  • Cole Harbour - Lawrencetown

    Eastern Shore

    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. Beaches feature sand and cobble stretches on the Atlantic coast, with adjacent hiking trails.

  • Dalem Lake

    Cape Breton

    This park surrounds a small lake and is shaded by hardwood. Beach is white sand. A 2.2 km (1.5 mi) hiking trail encircles the lake. Birding, wildlife watching and sport fishing opportunities. Located at Boularderie East, 4 km (2.5 mi) north off Highway 105.

    Address: 220 New Dominion Road.
    County: Victoria
    Size: 47.72 ha (117.92 ac)
    GPS: N46 15.000 W60 25.236
  • 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
  • Fox Harbour

    Northumberland Shore

    A sandy beach with warm water on the shore of Fox Harbour. Located at Wallace, 4 km (2.5 mi) north of Route 6.

    Address: 865 Fox Harbour South Road, Wallace
    County: Cumberland
    Size: 59.77 ha (147.69 ac)
    GPS: N45 50.100 W63 26.022
  • Glenwood

    Yarmouth

    A quiet place on Rickers Lake, bordering Hwy 103. Picnic tables scattered beneath hardwoods with view of lake. Located at the junction of Hwy 3 and Hwy 103.

    Address: 5570 Highway 3, Lower Argyle.
    County: Yarmouth
    Size: 38.76 ha (95.78 ac)
    GPS: N43 47.637 W65 52.468
  • 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
  • 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 Midway

    Fundy Shore

    One of few access points to a fresh water beach in the area. Picnic tables located in hardwood area and open fields. Trout fishing (seasonal).

    Address: 7600 Hwy 217, Lake Midway.
    County: Digby
    Size: 1.72 ha (4.25 ac)
    GPS: N44 31.784 W66 02.511.
  • 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 (unsupervised). 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
  • 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
  • Pondville Beach

    Cape Breton

    One of the few sandy beaches on Isle Madame. The one kilometre (0.5 mi) beach is backed by gentle dunes, a large lagoon and a salt marsh. Various beach activities held by county recreation department. Located 2 km (1.5 mi) off Hwy 320 east through Pondville.

    Address: 219 Pondville North Road, Arichat.
    County: Richmond
    Size: 3.35 ha (8.28 ac)
    GPS: N45 32.319 W60 58.681
  • Port Hood Station

    Cape Breton

    Popular picnic spot with a cobble beach and adjacent to white sand beach.

    Address: 8657 Hwy 19, Port Hood.
    County: Inverness
    Size: 16.38 ha (40.47 ac)
    GPS: N46 00.191 W61 31.797
  • 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
  • Port Shoreham Beach

    Eastern Shore

    Sand and cobble beach park on Chedabucto Bay.

    Address: 1720 Hwy 344, Port Shoreham.
    County: Guysborough
    Size: 39.28 ha (97.06 ac)
    GPS: N45 25.567 W61 23.946
  • 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
  • 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
  • Taylor Head

    Eastern Shore

    Located southwest of Sheet Harbour, this park occupies a rugged wind swept peninsula that juts 6 km (3.7 mi) into the Atlantic Ocean. The park's hiking trails provide access to a variety of natural aspects, interesting geological features, wildlife habitat, scenic lookoffs, secluded beaches and 16 km (10 mi.) of unspoiled coastline. As with other extensive trail networks, park users are advised to advise someone of where they are and when they plan to return home. Hikers should wear sturdy footwear and dress in layers to adapt to changing weather conditions. Remember to respect this natural area: keep dogs leashed and pack out all garbage. Friends of Taylor Head Provincial Park take an active part in overseeing park activities and offer public events such as hikes from June to December. Some cross country skiing opportunities in winter.

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    Address: 20140 Hwy 7, Spry Bay.
    County: Halifax
    Size:  855.95 ha (2115.09 ac)
    GPS: N44 50.675 W62 34.889
  • Tidnish Dock

    Northumberland Shore

    This site marks the eastern terminus of the historic Chignecto Marine Transport Railway - one of Nova Scotia's most ambitious engineering projects. The project called for the construction of a 17 mile (28 km) long double-tracked railway from Fort Lawrence on the Bay of Fundy, across the isthmus to Tidnish Dock on the Northumberland Strait. Vessels were to be floated on huge wheeled cradles, which would be lifted by hydraulic presses to the level of the railway. The vessels would then be hauled across the isthmus. On the other side, vessel and cradle would be lowered into the water until the vessel floated free.

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    Address: 919 Tidnish Head Road, Tidnish.
    County: Cumberland
    Size: 9.32 ha (23 ac)
    GPS: N45 59.653 W64 00.667
  • 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