• Annapolis Basin Look Off

    Fundy Shore

    Enjoy scenic views of the Annapolis Basin as you rest at this small picnic spot. Interpretive display.

    Address: 260 Shore Road
    County: Digby
    Size: 1.64 ha (4 ac)
    GPS: N44 38.338 W65 45.416
  • Anthony

    Fundy Shore

    Wharf and day-use park overlooking Cobequid Bay. Exposed red sand area at low tide offers an opportunity for walking and wading in the warm water. Interpretive display highlights the importance of the site to Aboriginal peoples, European settlers, ship building and during wartime.

    Address: 6889 Hwy # 215, Lower Selma.
    County: Hants
    Size: 7.74 ha (19 ac)
    GPS: N45 18.807 W63 36.337
  • Arisaig

    Northumberland Shore

    Park is known for its fascinating geology and fossils; an interpretive kiosk examines highlights of the four million years of earth history found here. Pleasant 1.5 km walking trail through forest, and to shore access. Geocaching opportunities as well as snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Located 27 km (17 miles) north of Antigonish.

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    Address: 5704 Highway #245, Arisaig
    County: Antigonish
    Size: 28.19 ha (69.5 ac)
    GPS: N45 45.280 W62 09.990
  • Beaver Mountain

    Northumberland Shore

    This park offers an impressive view of Antigonish County and Cape Breton Island. Trail system is 6 km (3.5 mi) long providing leisurely paved walkways as well as fairly challenging unpaved hills great in winter for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. No facilities in winter; parking at the gate only. Located in James River 2.5 km (1.5 mi) south. Exit 30, Highway 104.

    Address: 472 Beaver Meadow Road, James River.
    County: Antigonish
    Size: 136.31 ha (336.83 ac)
    GPS: N45 34.048 W62 09.229
  • Londonderry

    Fundy Shore

    A small memorial park with an interpretive display on site of Londonderry iron Works. Located off Hwy 4.

    Address: 1776 Station Road, Londonderry.
    County: Colchester
    Size: 0.11 ha (.27 ac)
    GPS: N45 28.303 W63 35.783
  • 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
  • McNabs and Lawlor Islands

    Halifax Metro

    Located at the mouth of Halifax Harbour, the park carries visitors back in time, and back to nature. Just a short boat trip (commercial providers offer service) from various points in the metro area. Military and history buffs, birders, and hikers will be enthralled with this park’s intriguing past and beautiful natural surroundings so close to the dynamic downtown. Approximately 22 km (14 mi) of trails. The Friends of McNabs Island play a key role in encouraging visitors to experience the park. Visitors must bring their own drinking water and food.

    County: Halifax
    Size: 484.67 ha (1197.65 ac)
    GPS: N44 37.334 W63 32.350
  • Moose River Gold Mines

    Eastern Shore

    The park commemorates the 1936 Moose River mine disaster.

    Address: 6740 Mooseland Road
    County: Halifax
    Size: 1 ha (2.5 ac)
    GPS: N44 59.206 W62 56.641
  • Petersfield

    Cape Breton

    This park has a significant cultural history as it contains remnants of four cultural periods, dating from the late 18th to mid-20th centuries. Explore the 7 km (4.5 mi) of trails. Open for winter activities, although no facilities or services are provided.

    Address: 1126 Westmount Road, Sydney.
    County: Cape Breton
    Size: 22.81 ha (56.36 ac)
    GPS: N46 08.632 W60 13.439
  • 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
  • Shubenacadie Canal and Waterway

    Halifax Metro

    A collection of five separate properties along the historic Shubenacadie Canal system that reflect historic civil engineering accomplishments. Fairbanks Centre provides interpretation of the Shubenacadie River system.

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    Address: 54 Locks Road, Dartmouth
    County: Halifax
    Size: 7.44 ha (18.38 ac)
  • Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park

    Fundy Shore

    Set in natural woodlands this park is home to more than 30 native animals and birds, as well as a few exotics. Static and interactive displays are housed in an interpretive centre. On the same site is the Greenwing Legacy Interpretation Centre which features displays on waterfowl and wetlands developed in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited Canada. Well groomed trails meander around a picturesque wetland. Pathways through the park allow easy access of strollers and wheelchairs. Ample parking.

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    Address: 149 Creighton Road, Shubenacadie.
    Size: 20.23 ha (50 ac)
    GPS: N45 05.570 W63 23.576
  • Smugglers Cove

    Yarmouth & Acadian Shores

    Picturesque day-use park overlooking a small cove reputedly used by rum runners in the early 1900s. The cove fills with water at high tide but can be reached during low tide. Geocaching opportunities.

    Address: 7651 Hwy 1, Meteghan.
    County: Digby
    Size: 7.74 ha (19.13 ac)
    GPS: N44 10.224 W66 10.851
  • 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
  • Swiss Air Memorial Site (Peggys Cove)

    South Shore

    A short (160 m) walking trail through iconic rock formations to a monument erected in memory of the 229 people who lost their lives in the 1998 crash of Swissair Flight 111. Parking area for 12 – 15 vehicles.

    Address: 8250 Peggys Cove Road, Peggys Cove.
    County: Halifax
    GPS: N44 30.400 W63 56.024
  • Swissair Memorial Site (Bayswater)

    South Shore

    Monument placed in memory of those who lost their lives in 1998 when Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean approximately 8 km (5 mi) from shore. The small fishing village of Bayswater was one of the sites used in the recovery operation following the crash. Picnic and toilet facilities located across the road at Bayswater Beach Provincial Park.

    Address: 4100 Hwy 329, Bayswater
    County: Halifax
    GPS: N44 29.972 W64 04.110
  • 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
  • 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
  • William E. deGarthe

    South Shore

    Small park within Peggys Cove that protects rock carving done by William deGarthe, a long-time resident of this area, in honour of seafarers.

    Address: Peggys Cove
    County: Halifax
    Size: 0.06 ha (.15 ac)