Shoreline Access

  • 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
  • Boylston

    Open June 7th to September 9th
    11131 Hwy 16, Boylston, NS
    Located between the communities of Boylston and Guysborough (town), Boylston Provincial Park is an ideal place to camp while touring the Eastern Shore. The wooded hilltop campground offers a spectacular view of Guysborough Harbour.
    Facilities and Services
    • 34 Campsites
    • Comfort Station
    • Beach access (unsupervised)
    • Wi-Fi available
    • Self-Registration Park
    Nearby Attractions
    • Mulgrave Road Theatre, Guysborough
    • Guysborough Historical Museum, Guysborough
    • Marina Boat Rental, Guysborough
    • Grassy Island National Historic Site, Canso

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

  • Central Grove

    Fundy Shore

    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: Digby
    Size: 12.62 ha (31.18 ac)
    GPS: N44 19.981 W66 16.281
  • Cookville

    South Shore

    Small park with access to the LaHave River. Adjacent LaHave River Trail. Community operated.

    Address: 1119 Hwy 10, Cookville.
    County: Lunenburg
    Size: 1.41 ha (3.48 ac)
    GPS: N44 25.368 W64 33.113
  • Cottage Cove

    Fundy Shore

    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: Annapolis
    Size: 0.5 ha (1.23 ac)
    GPS: N44 59.602 W65 10.711
  • Dundee

    Cape Breton

    A boat launch for the Bras d’Or Lake providing some beach access.

    Address: 2285 West Bay Road
    County: Richmond
    Size: 0.2 ha (.494 ac)
    GPS: N45 41.847 W61 06.326
  • Fancy Lake

    South Shore

    A picnic park with freshwater beach access

    Address: 854 Conquerall Mills Road., Conquerall Mills.
    County: Lunenburg
    Size:  0.27 ha (0.67 ac)
    GPS: N44 19.689 W64 31.936
  • 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
  • Graves Island

    Open May 17th to October 14th
    230 Graves Island Road, East Chester, NS
    Telephone: (902) 275-4425
    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.
    Facilities and Services
    • 95 Campsites
    • 33 Serviced Sites (water & electrical)
    • 11 Walk In sites
    • Group Camping Sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trails
    • Shoreline access (unsupervised)
    • Boat Launch
    • WiFi available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.
    Nearby Attractions
    • DesBrisay Museum, Bridgewater
    • Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg
    • Knaut Rhuland House Museum, Lunenburg
    • Ross Farm Museum, New Ross
  • 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
  • Jerry Lawrence

    Halifax Metro

    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.

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    Address: 4775 St. Margaret's Bay Rd (Hwy 3) Upper Tantallon.
    County: Halifax
    Size: 746.92 ha (1845.68 ac) 746.92 ha (1845.68 ac)
    GPS: N44 41.173 W63 51.442.
  • 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.
  • Laurie

    Open June 7th to September 9th
    4949 Hwy 2, Grand Lake, NS
    The quiet lakeside setting offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities including camping, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, and swimming
    Facilities and Services
    • 63 Campsites
    • 5 Walk In sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Shoreline access (unsupervised)
    • WiFi is available at the registration kiosk and surrounding area
    • self-registration park
    Entry to the park requires a gate access code. If you arrive at the park without an access code, please call 1-888-544-3434 or use the yellow phone at the park kiosk. Be prepared to provide your reservation information to obtain the gate code.
    Nearby Attractions
    • Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum, Enfield
    • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax
    • Shubenacadie Canal, Dartmouth
  • Lochiel Lake

    Eastern Shore

    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: Guysborough
    Size: 4.1 ha (10.3 ac)
    GPS: N45 21.231 W62 03.496
  • 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
  • MacCormack

    Cape Breton

    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, Iona
    County: Inverness
    Size: 4.43 ha (10.95 ac)
    GPS: N45 57.833 W60 48.621
  • 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
  • Porters Lake

    Open May 17th to October 14th
    1160 West Porters Lake Road, Porters Lake, NS
    Quiet lakeside setting offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities including camping, boating, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, and swimming.
    Facilities and Services
    • 80 Campsites
    • 10 Serviced Campsites (water & electrical)
    • 27 Walk In sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trails
    • Shoreline access (unsupervised)
    • Boat Launch
    • WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area.
    • self-registration park
    Please note: Park Gate is locked at 11:00pm
    Nearby Attractions
    • Old Hall Wilderness Heritage Centre, Porters Lake
    • Musquodoboit Railway Museum, Musquodoboit Harbour
    • Fisherman's Life Museum, Jeddore Oyster Pond
  • Ross Ferry

    Cape Breton

    Community managed day-use area offering a boat launch to the Bras d’Or Lake.

    Address: Hwy 305, Ross Ferry.
    County: Victoria
    Size: 2.63 ha (6.5 ac)
    GPS: N46 08.632 W60 35.029
  • Salsman

    Open June 7th to September 9th
    15641 Hwy 316, Country Harbour, NS
    Located on a small peninsula on the east side of Country Harbour, Guysborough County. Salsman Provincial Park offers campers a quiet setting to relax.
    Facilities and Services
    • 40 Campsites
    • Comfort Station
    • Shoreline Access
    • Boat Launch
    • Picnic area
    • Limited WiFi available
    • self-registration park
    Nearby Attractions
    • Sherbrooke Village, Sherbrooke
    • Antigonish
  • Savary

    Fundy Shore

    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 opportunities

    Address: 7401 Hwy 1, Plympton.
    County: Digby
    Size: 10.82 ha (26.73 ac)
    GPS: N44 30.698 W65 54.390
  • Scots Bay

    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: Kings
    Size:  0.26 ha (.642 ac)
    GPS: N45 18.051 W64 23.700
  • Second Peninsula

    South Shore

    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: Lunenburg
    Size: 19.44 ha (48.04 ac)
    GPS: N44 24.144 W64 17.732
  • 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