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: HantsSize: 7.74 ha (19 ac)GPS: N45 18.807 W63 36.337
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.Address: 5704 Highway #245, ArisaigCounty: AntigonishSize: 28.19 ha (69.5 ac)GPS: N45 45.280 W62 09.990
A quiet place adjacent to the Balmoral Grist Mill Museum where you can picnic or take a stroll.Address: Peter MacDonald Road, Balmoral MillsCounty: ColchesterSize: 28.19 ha (69.5 ac)GPS: N45 45.280 W62 09.990
Formerly a farm, this park situated on a knoll under a canopy of trees, offers a lovely view of Bras d' Or Lake. Fishing opportunities on the lake. Located 12 km (8 mi) south of Highway 125.Address: 2315 Route 223, Ironville.County: Cape BretonSize: 118.27 ha (292.25 ac)GPS: N46 08.551 W60 26.658
2018 Season Dates: June 8 to October 15
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.
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, 2018.
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.
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: AntigonishSize: 3.48 ha (8.59 ac)GPS: N45 38.386 W61 45.524
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, BayswaterCounty: LunenburgSize: 4.07 ha (10.05 ac)GPS: N44 30.109 W64 04.033
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: AntigonishSize: 136.31 ha (336.83 ac)GPS: N45 34.048 W62 09.229
Small secluded site on an old farm against hardwood-covered hill. A short walk leads to a lookoff with a view of East Bay.Address: 5549 Highway 4, Ben Eoin.County: Cape BretonSize: 90.16 ha (222.79 ac)GPS: N45 57.750 W60 27.650
Black Duck Cove
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 DoverCounty: GuysboroughSize: 137.14 ha (338.88 ac)GPS: N45 16.602 W61 01.964
2018 Season Dates: May 18 to October 8
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.
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, 2018. See Reservations for details and conditions.
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 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.
Blue Sea Beach
Park features a wide beach and dune system on the Northumberland Strait.Address: 651 Blue Sea Road, Malagash Point.County: CumberlandSize: 202.02 ha (499.20 ac)GPS: N45 48.288 W63 18.075
Caddell Rapids Lookoff
Small picnic stop overlooking the Shubenacadie River's spectacular incoming tides. Bald eagles can often be seen patrolling the river for food.Address: 1609 Riverside Road, Stewiacke.County: ColchesterSize: 0.34 ha (.84 ac)GPS: N45 11.942 W63 23.426
A waterside park offering a shaded rest stop under a canopy of pine and hardwoods. Across the road is access to Ponhook Lake, a favourite for fishing and canoeing. Located approximately 40 km north of Liverpool.Address: 7900 Hwy 8, South Brookfield.County: QueensSize: 1.47 ha (3.63 ac)GPS: N44 19.929 W64 57.261
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley
An iconic provincial coastal landmark overlooking Bay of Fundy and its mesmerizing tides. Enjoy a moderately challenging backcountry hike as the trail opens out to a lookoff 60 metres (200 ft.) above the rugged coast of the bay. The trail is about 6 km (4 mi.) one way and hikers should plan on 2.5 to hours to make the return trip.
Prior to heading out on the trail, users are advised to tell someone where they are and when they expect to return home. Users are advised to stay on the trail. Cliffs are actively eroding and unstable so keep well back from the edge. Shoreline exploration is NOT recommended as incoming tides are fast, strong and unpredictable. Plan to return to the trailhead before dusk. Remember it will get dark earlier on the trail under the dense canopy of trees.
Hikers should wear sturdy footwear and layered clothing as weather and temperatures can change quickly. Carry plenty of drinking water and bring along snacks and sun protection. Please respect this natural area. Pack out all garbage and keep pets leashed at all times. Toilets are located at the trailhead with a seasonal composting toilet located about 1.5 km along the trail so plan accordingly. No campfires, no camping, and no hunting. The park is not staffed so users must call 911 in case of an emergency. Open year round from dawn until dusk daily.Address: 999 Cape Split Road, Scots BayCounty: KingsSize: 447 ha (1104 ac)GPS: N45 18.880 W64 25.755
A small lakeside park under a canopy of mature softwood trees. The small beach provides an opportunity for a quick dip, or launch a canoe or small boat and explore the lake. Located near Chester, 17 km (10 mi) north of Hwy 103, Exit 8.Address: 3895 Hwy 14, Card LakeCounty: LunenburgSize: 104.29 ha (257.70 ac)GPS: N44 43.164 W64 15.855
Located about half-way down Long Island in Digby County, this is a popular rest spot for those travelling to Brier Island. Walk the the 0.8 km (0.5 mi) trail to great views of the Bay of Fundy. Don’t forget your camera for shots of the rocky shoreline and wildlife you may see along the way.Address: 1731 Hwy 217, Central Grove.County: DigbySize: 12.62 ha (31.18 ac)GPS: N44 19.981 W66 16.281
A small shaded picnic area beneath a stand of red pine. Cross-country skiing opportunities in winter. Located 3 km east of Kingston; off Hwy 101 between Exits 16 and 17.Address: 1405 Hwy 1, Kingston.County: KingsSize: 23.4 ha (57.82 ac)GPS: N45 00.437 W64 54.479
A sister beach to Queensland, offering a sandy shoreline and (unsupervised) swimming opportunities. Limited parking. Located east of Hubbards (Hwy 103, Exit 6).Address: 8878 Highway 3, HubbardsCounty: HalifaxSize: 4.43 ha (11 ac)GPS: N44 38.985 W64 00.017
Enjoy a picnic under a canopy of pine. Located about 1 km west of various take-out restaurants found at Hwy 101; Exit 14.
Icon set: picnic table/vault toiletAddress: 7073 Hwy 1, ColdbrookCounty: KingsSize: 2.86 ha (7.06 ac)GPS: N45 04.032 W64 34.406
Cole Harbour - Lawrencetown
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.
Small park with access to the LaHave River. Adjacent LaHave River Trail. Community operated.Address: 1119 Hwy 10, Cookville.County: LunenburgSize: 1.41 ha (3.48 ac)GPS: N44 25.368 W64 33.113
One of few public access points to the Bay of Fundy along this stretch of coastline. Located 13 km (8 mi) northwest of Middleton.Address: 11935 Shore Road, Port George.County: AnnapolisSize: 0.5 ha (1.23 ac)GPS: N44 59.602 W65 10.711
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: VictoriaSize: 47.72 ha (117.92 ac)GPS: N46 15.000 W60 25.236
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 BretonSize: 27.96 ha (69.19 ac)GPS: N46 12.818 W60 01.729
A picturesque stop at a sheltered ocean cove on Mahone Bay. Located in East River, 1 km (0.5 mi) east of Hwy 103; Exit 7.Address: 2177 Highway 3, East River.County: LunenburgSize: 0.51 ha (1.26 ac)GPS: N44 35.330 W64 10.375
Eatonville (day-use area of Cape Chignecto)
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley
With towering 185-metre high cliffs, sheltered coves, and exciting wildlife viewing, you’ll want to be sure to bring along your camera. Choose between two user-friendly trails that will let you behold some of the nation’s best scenery. One trail will take you to the iconic Three Sisters sea stacks, while the second trail leads to Squally Point. The trails are in good condition and suitable for most ages and abilities. Please note the interpretive centre is not open. Pack out all garbage and keep dogs leashed. Make this day-use area part of your itinerary when you visit the nearby Fossil Cliffs at Joggins, Cape D’Or, or the Fundy geological Museum at Parrsboro.Address: 2375 Eatonville Road, EatonvilleCounty: CumberlandGPS: N45 25 18.12 W64 53 40.69
One of few public access points on the lower Musquodoboit River. Located 29 km (18 mi) north of Musquodoboit Harbour.Address: 5819 Hwy 357, ElderbankCounty: HalifaxSize: 0.81 ha (2 ac)GPS: N44 58.837 W63 12.970
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: HantsSize: 5.70 ha (14.08 ac)GPS: N44 50.370 W64 14.384
A picnic park with freshwater beach accessAddress: 854 Conquerall Mills Road., Conquerall Mills.County: LunenburgSize: 0.27 ha (0.67 ac)GPS: N44 19.689 W64 31.936
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, WallaceCounty: CumberlandSize: 59.77 ha (147.69 ac)GPS: N45 50.100 W63 26.022
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: YarmouthSize: 38.76 ha (95.78 ac)GPS: N43 47.637 W65 52.468
The elevation provides magnificent views of the farmlands below. Off Highway 104. 9 km (6 mi) east of West River.Address: 209 Dan Fraser Road, Green Hill.County: PictouSize: 9.64 ha (23.82 ac)GPS: N45 34.925 W62 47.464
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 BretonSize: 4.64 ha (11.47 ac)GPS: N46 13.905 W60 20.746
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: CumberlandSize: 9.78 ha (24.17 ac)GPS: N45 52.351 W63 37.582
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: CumberlandSize: 6.74 ha (16.65 ac)GPS: N45 52.483 W63 45.226
A boat launch site on St. Margarets Bay. Limited picnic opportunities. Located on Hwy 3, about 3 km west of Queensland Beach Provincial Park.Address: 9 Yacht Club Rd Hubbards, NS B0J 1T0County: HalifaxSize: 0.55 ha (1.35 ac)GPS: N44 38.323 W64 03.681
Located on a hill overlooking Bras d' Or Lake, this site offers a short trail and scenic views. Located 32 km (20 mi) northeast of St. Peter's.Address: 16165 Hwy 4, Irish Cove.County: RichmondSize: 1.08 ha (2.66 ac)GPS: N45 48.901 W60 41.537
A day use park providing access for seniors and those with disabilities. Drive-in picnic areas, barrier-free vault toilets, fishing pier and accessible trails that provide a connection to the St. Margarets Bay Rails to Trails. The park is bordered by Lewis Lake and Round Lake. The latter is stocked several times throughout the season with brook and rainbow trout.Address: 4775 St. Margaret's Bay Rd (Hwy 3) Upper Tantallon.County: HalifaxSize: 746.92 ha (1845.68 ac) 746.92 ha (1845.68 ac)GPS: N44 41.173 W63 51.442.
A freshwater sandy beach with adjacent launch for canoes and kayaks.Address: 125 North River Road, Lake George.County: KingsSize: 4.16 ha (10.28 ac)GPS: N44 55.474 W64 41.422
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: DigbySize: 1.72 ha (4.25 ac)GPS: N44 31.784 W66 02.511.
Lake O' Law
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: InvernessSize: 2.15 ha (5.31 ac)GPS: N46 16.572 W60 57.745
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 ParkAddress: Lawrencetown Beach - 4348 Lawrencetown Road, Lawrencetown. GPS: N44 38.688 W63 20.706;County: HalifaxSize: 747 ha (1845 ac)GPS: N44 38.688 W63 20.706;
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: RichmondSize: 37.11 ha (91.7 ac)GPS: N45 35.145 W61 01.378
A quiet area with picnic tables under mixed wood trees beside an open field and overlooking Lochiel Lake. A short walking trail and some snow shoeing opportunities in winter. Located 6.5 Km (4 mi) north of Aspen.Address: 13575 Hwy 7, Lochiel Lake.County: GuysboroughSize: 4.1 ha (10.3 ac)GPS: N45 21.231 W62 03.496
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: KingsSize: 7.18 ha (17.74 ac)GPS: N45 01.554 W64 23.901
Hillside park with a panoramic view of the Mabou Valley. Located 1.5 km (1 mi) north of Mabou.Address: 11925 Hwy 19, Mabou.County: InvernessSize: 2.23 ha (5.5 ac)GPS: N46 04.938 W61 22.276
The park overlooks the Bras d' Or Lake. Picnic under the softwood forest or stroll the beach. View of picturesque Plaster Cove. Located 0.3 km (0.2 mi) north of Iona.Address: 2481 St. Columba Road, IonaCounty: InvernessSize: 4.43 ha (10.95 ac)GPS: N45 57.833 W60 48.621
Park is adjacent to a headpond and wildlife management area. The rich waters of the headpond support a small population of American widgeon as well as being an important staging area for migratory waterfowl. A 1 km (1/2 mi) trail meanders through old fields, pine forest and alongside the lake.Address: 219 MacElmon Road, Lower Onslow.County: ColchesterSize: 7.24 ha (17.89 ac)GPS: N45 23.459 W63 25.677
A picturesque roadside park with a view of offshore islands providing carry-in boating opportunities. Located 1.5 km (1 mi) west of Marie Joseph.Address: 1420 Hwy 7, Liscomb Mills.County: GuysboroughSize: 0.68 ha (1.68 ac)GPS: N44 58.066 W62 05.195
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: HalifaxSize: 47.02 ha (116.19 ac)GPS: N44 41.394 W63 08.841
Located in Eastern Passage adjacent to Fisherman’s Cove, this park offers an extensive boardwalk that provides coastal walking opportunities and beautiful views of Halifax and McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park.Address: 1641 Shore Road, Eastern Passage.County: HalifaxSize: 6.34 ha (15.6 ac)GPS: N44 36.443 W63 29.416
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: PictouSize: 113 ha (279.23 ac)GPS: N45 39.157 W62 29.764
Bay of Fundy/Annapolis Valley
Popular system of graveled hiking trails along Lambs Lake. The park features boardwalks in rough areas and staircases through rocks. There is a picnic area on the river, as well as an unsupervised beach on the lake. Cross-country skiing is available in the winter months. 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: AnnapolisSize: 72.93 ha (180.21 ac)GPS: N44 43.955 W65 29.602
Attractive park on the Musquodoboit River. Picnic in open or hardwood shaded areas; also a group use area. Located on Hwy 224, 42 km (26 mi) north of Route 7.Address: 11685 Hwy 224, Middle Musquodoboit.County: HalifaxSize: 66.99 ha (165.54 ac)GPS: N45 03.586 W63 06.868
Open fields abutting on a red sand beach that is accessible by stairs. Warm water and a gentle tide. At low tide, sandbars trap pools of warm water suitable for wading. Area for group gatherings. Located 3 km (2 mi) east of Northport.Address: 7722 Highway 366, Northport.County: CumberlandSize: 11.1 ha (27.43 ac)GPS: N45 55.386 W63 50.723
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: HalifaxSize: 55.62 ha (137.44 ac)GPS: N44 54.709 W63 35.116
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 BretonSize: 22.81 ha (56.36 ac)GPS: N46 08.632 W60 13.439
Point Michaud Beach
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 MichaudCounty: RichmondSize: 60.60 ha (149.75 ac)GPS: N45 35.533 W60 40.805
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: RichmondSize: 3.35 ha (8.28 ac)GPS: N45 32.319 W60 58.681
Port Hood Station
Popular picnic spot with a cobble beach and adjacent to white sand beach.Address: 8657 Hwy 19, Port Hood.County: InvernessSize: 16.38 ha (40.47 ac)GPS: N46 00.191 W61 31.797
Park features a 2.1 km (1.3 mi.) looped trail through hardwoods and granite boulders left by retreating glaciers. Trail provides a pleasant walk to an attractive view of the coast. Site is adjacent a federal migratory bird sanctuary and near Thomas Raddall Provincial Park and Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Adjunct. Located about 25 minutes south of Liverpool.Address: 11183 Hwy 103, Granite Village.County: QueensSize: 70.97 ha (175.44 ac)GPS: N43 52.488 W64 57.824
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: YarmouthSize: 8.41 ha (20.78 ac)GPS: N43 59.090 W66 09.225
Port Shoreham Beach
Sand and cobble beach park on Chedabucto Bay.Address: 1720 Hwy 344, Port Shoreham.County: GuysboroughSize: 39.28 ha (97.06 ac)GPS: N45 25.567 W61 23.946
A large day-use park with shoreline access to the warmest salt water in Nova Scotia. Sandy beach on one side, rocky on the other. Some winter recreation opportunities such as snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Located off Hwy 348, about 6 km (3.7 mi) northeast of Trenton.Address: 8049 Pictou Landing Road, Little Harbour.County: PictouSize: 25.57 ha (63.18 ac)GPS: N45 38.969 W62 34.059
Rainbow Haven Beach
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: HalifaxGPS: N44 38.861 W63 25.416
Community managed day-use area offering a boat launch to the Bras d’Or Lake.Address: Hwy 305, Ross Ferry.County: VictoriaSize: 2.63 ha (6.5 ac)GPS: N46 08.632 W60 35.029
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: PictouSize: 18.93 ha (46.77 ac)GPS: N45 45.164 W63 07.250
Park has a canopy of pine providing a relaxing place to stop and a brook running through it changes direction with the tide.Address: 140 West Sable River Road, Sable River.County: ShelburneSize: 53.65 ha (132.5 ac)GPS: N43 50.164 W65 03.976
Nestled against the banks of the West River, this park makes a great rest stop for travellers. Picnic just off the highway, or down by the river. Unsupervised swimming at the river. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing. Located just off Hwy 104, Exit 19, 17 km (10 mi) west of New Glasgow.Address: 2532 Hwy 4, Salt Springs.County: PictouSize: 28.87 ha (71.34 ac)GPS: N45 32.696 W62 52.772
Sand Hills Beach
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: ShelburneSize: 94.61 ha (233.79 ac)GPS: N43 31.585 W65 32.738
At one time this was a shipbuilding site; now it is a picturesque picnic area located under a birch canopy and overlooking St. Mary's Bay. At low tide you can beachcomb along the rocky shoreline. Geocaching opportunitiesAddress: 7401 Hwy 1, Plympton.County: DigbySize: 10.82 ha (26.73 ac)GPS: N44 30.698 W65 54.390
Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley
Small park offering access to Scots Bay, near Cape Split. Watch the world’s highest tides rise and fall before your eyes.Address: 16 Wharf Road., Scots Bay.County: KingsSize: 0.26 ha (.642 ac)GPS: N45 18.051 W64 23.700
This large scenic picnic park on the ocean has tables scattered under a stand of spruce and fir and can easily accommodate group picnics. Access to cobble beach. Located near Lunenburg, 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Hwy 103, Exit 10.Address: 781 Second Peninsula Road, Second Peninsula.County: LunenburgSize: 19.44 ha (48.04 ac)GPS: N44 24.144 W64 17.732
Small picnic area on the St. Marys River. Walking trails at adjacent municipal park and just a short drive from Sherbrooke Village. Just north of Sherbrooke on Route 7.Address: 8407, Hwy 7, Sherbrooke.County: GuysboroughSize: 0.31 ha (.76 ac)GPS: N45 09.151 W61 58.519
A small picnic park located under stately elms along the banks of the Shinimicas River. Located 1 km (0.5 mi) east of Shinimicas Bridge.Address: 5252 Highway 6, Shinimicas.County: CumberlandSize: 6.95 ha (17.17 ac)GPS: N45 52.332 W63 54.557
Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park
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.Address: 149 Creighton Road, Shubenacadie.Size: 20.23 ha (50 ac)GPS: N45 05.570 W63 23.576
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: DigbySize: 7.74 ha (19.13 ac)GPS: N44 10.224 W66 10.851
Small roadside park overlooking the bay.Address: 19310 Hwy 7, Spry Bay.County: HalifaxSize: 0.13 ha (.32 ac)GPS: N44 50.525 W62 37.214
Scenic view overlooking a saltmarsh and bay. A 500 m trail meanders by the water offering opportunities to view various waterfowl and other birds.Address: 51475 Cabot Trail, St. Anns.County: VictoriaSize: 4.27 ha (10.5 ac)GPS: N46 12.488 W60 37.358
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: QueensSize: 33.81 ha (83.5 ac)GPS: N43 57.270 W64 48.888
Small picnic area located 1.5 km (1 mi) east of Tatamagouche.Address: 2664 Hwy 6, Tatamagouche.County: ColchesterSize: 6.47 ha (16 ac)GPS: N45 42.581 W63 16.004
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.Address: 20140 Hwy 7, Spry Bay.County: HalifaxSize: 855.95 ha (2115.09 ac)GPS: N44 50.675 W62 34.889
Ten Mile Lake
A small lakeside park beneath a stand of pine and hemlock. Relax by the shore or take a quick dip (unsupervised). Excellent fishing. Located 21 km (13 mi) north of Liverpool.Address: 3933 Hwy 8, Middlefield.County: QueensSize: 3.27 ha (8.08 ac)GPS: N44 11.377 W64 49.960
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.Address: 919 Tidnish Head Road, Tidnish.County: CumberlandSize: 9.32 ha (23 ac)GPS: N45 59.653 W64 00.667
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: GuysboroughSize: 12.88 ha (31.83 ac)GPS: N45 11.275 W61 21.267
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: VictoriaSize: 8.58 ha (21.20 ac)GPS: N46 05.738 W61 08.454
Uisge Bàn Falls
May 30, 2017 - The River Trail is closed until further notice.
Enjoy this 1.5 kilometre round trip hike amid beautiful hardwoods to a spectacular 15 m waterfall in a granite gorge. Located 14.5 kilometres (9 miles) north of Baddeck. From Highway 105, take Exit 9.Address: 715 North Branch Road, Baddeck Forks.County: VictoriaSize: 147.49 ha (364.5 ac)GPS: N46 12.181 W60 46.580
Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley
Scenic views all year round with a hardwood forest along a meandering river. Hike the trails connecting to Cobequid Mountain. Popular birdwatching location. Group use area. Cross country skiing or visit popular ski hill nearby.Address: 14160 Highway 4, Wentworth.County: CumberlandSize: 143.3 ha (354.10 ac)GPS: N45 37.782 W63 3.315
West Mabou Beach
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: InvernessSize: 275.26 ha (680.18 ac)GPS: N46 04.333 W61 28.952