Swimming

  • 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
  • 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
  • Dollar Lake

    Park Info

    2018 Season Dates: June 8 to October 8
    Park contact number: (902) 384-2770
    Civic address: 5265 Old Guysborough Road, Wyses Corner, NS

    Situated on a large lake not far from the Musquodoboit Valley, Dollar Lake Provincial Park is the perfect escape. The quiet woodland setting offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities, including camping, boating, canoeing, water-skiing, and fishing. A beautiful sandy beach at the north end of the lake offers fresh water swimming.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    The park has 119 campsites, 36 partially wooded, 81 wooded, a picnic area, boat launch, and trailer dump station. The main beach is supervised during the peak season. The smaller "campers" beach is unsupervised.

    Although there are no electrical hookups, water and vault toilets are conveniently located throughout the campground. Accessible flush toilets and showers facilities are also available.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2018.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Enfield (25 km)

    • Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum

    Middle Musquodoboit (25 km)

    • Bicentennial Theatre

    Stewiacke (30 km)

    • Mastodon Ridge & Showcase Nova Scotia

    Shubenacadie (25 km)

    • Provincial Wildlife 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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  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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

    2018 Season Dates: May 18 to October 8
    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.

    Reserve a campsite

    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 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, 2018.

     

    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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