Wheelchair Accessible

  • Amherst Shore

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 9 to October 9
    Park contact number: (902) 661-6002
    Civic address: 6596 Hwy 366, Amherst Shore, NS

    On the shore of the Northumberland Strait, Amherst Shore Provincial Park offers an attractive mixed woodland setting for camping. Walking on trails, swimming or beachcombing are enjoyable pastimes at the park. This park, like others along this coast, offers some of the warmest saltwater swimming north of the Carolinas.

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    Facilities and Services

    The park offers a 42-site woodland campground (4 pull-through, 2 accessible), showers/comfort station, and a walking trail leading to the unsupervised beach area.

    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, 2017. See Reservations for details and conditions.

     

    Nearby Attractions

    Amherst

    • Cumberland County Museum (36 km)

    Tidnish Bridge

    • Tidnish Information & Interpretive Centre (13 km)

    Oxford

    • Wild Blueberry & Maple Centre (45 km)

    Pugwash

    • Thinkers Lodge National Historic Site (27 km)

     

    New Brunswick Border (13 km)

     

    Nearby Beaches

    • Northport Beach Provincial Park
    • Gulf Shore Provincial Park

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Blomidon Lookoff

    Fundy Shore

    Small roadside stop with a panoramic view of the fertile farmlands of the Annapolis Valley. On a clear day you can see five counties.

    Address: 3374 Hwy 358, Arlington.
    County: Kings
    Size: 0.13 ha (0.32 ac)
    GPS: N45 11.972 W64 24.544
  • Camerons Brook

    South Shore

    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: Queens
    Size: 1.47 ha (3.63 ac)
    GPS: N44 19.929 W64 57.261
  • Clairmont

    Fundy Shore

    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: Kings
    Size: 23.4 ha (57.82 ac)
    GPS: N45 00.437 W64 54.479
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, Eatonville
    County: Cumberland
    GPS: N45 25 18.12 W64 53 40.69
  • Elderbank

    Eastern Shore

    One of few public access points on the lower Musquodoboit River. Located 29 km (18 mi) north of Musquodoboit Harbour.

    Address: 5819 Hwy 357, Elderbank
    County: Halifax
    Size: 0.81 ha (2 ac)
    GPS: N44 58.837 W63 12.970
  • 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
  • Gulf Shore

    Northumberland Shore

    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: Cumberland
    Size: 9.78 ha (24.17 ac)
    GPS: N45 52.351 W63 37.582
  • Irish Cove

    Cape Breton

    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: Richmond
    Size: 1.08 ha (2.66 ac)
    GPS: N45 48.901 W60 41.537
  • 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 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mabou

    Cape Breton

    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: Inverness
    Size: 2.23 ha (5.5 ac)
    GPS: N46 04.938 W61 22.276
  • Marie Joseph

    Eastern Shore

    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: Guysborough
    Size: 0.68 ha (1.68 ac)
    GPS: N44 58.066 W62 05.195
  • 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
  • Musquodoboit Valley

    Eastern Shore

    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: Halifax
    Size: 66.99 ha (165.54 ac)
    GPS: N45 03.586 W63 06.868
  • Northport Beach

    Northumberland Shore

    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: Cumberland
    Size: 11.1 ha (27.43 ac)
    GPS: N45 55.386 W63 50.723
  • 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 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sherbrooke

    Eastern Shore

    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: Guysborough
    Size: 0.31 ha (.76 ac)
    GPS: N45 09.151 W61 58.519
  • 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
  • Spry Bay

    Eastern Shore

    Small roadside park overlooking the bay.

    Address: 19310 Hwy 7, Spry Bay.
    County: Halifax
    Size: 0.13 ha (.32 ac)
    GPS: N44 50.525 W62 37.214
  • 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
  • Ten Mile Lake

    South Shore

    A small lakeside park beneath a stand of pine and hemlock. Relax by the shore or take a quick dip. Excellent fishing. Located 21 km (13 mi) north of Liverpool.

    Address: 3933 Hwy 8, Middlefield.
    County: Queens
    Size: 3.27 ha (8.08 ac)
    GPS: N44 11.377 W64 49.960
  • 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
  • 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