Day Use Parks — listed A-Z

 
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Annapolis Basin Look OffAnnapolis Basin Look Off - Fundy Shore - Enjoy scenic views of the Annapolis Basin as you rest at this small picnic spot. Interpretive display.
Civic address: 260 Shore Road, Digby.
Size: 1.64 ha (4 ac)
GPS: N44 38.338 W65 45.416







Anthony ParkAnthony - 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.
Civic address: 6889 Hwy # 215, Lower Selma.
Size: 7.74 ha (19 ac)
GPS: N45 18.807 W63 36.337







ArisaigArisaig - Northumberland Shore - A picnic park 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. Located 27 km (17 miles) north of Antigonish.
Civic address: 5704 Highway #245, Arisaig.
Size: 28.19 ha (69.5 ac)
GPS: N45 45.280 W62 09.990
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BalmoralBalmoral Mills - Northumberland Shore - Small picnic park adjacent to the Balmoral Grist Mill Museum.
Civic address: 544 Peter Macdonald Road, Balmoral Mills.
Size: 8.29 Ha (20.48 ac)
GPS: N45 38.686 W63 11.777








Barrachois Barrachois - Cape Breton - Formerly a farm, this picnic park situated on a knoll under a canopy of trees, offers a lovely view of Bras d' Or Lake. A short trail leads from the park down to a marshy lagoon. Fishing opportunities on the lake. Located 12 km (8 mi) south of Highway 125.
Civic address: 2315 Route 223, Ironville.
Size: 118.27 ha (292.25 ac)
GPS: N46 08.551 W60 26.658







bayfield beach Bayfield Beach
- Northumberland Shore - Sand and pebble beach offers supervised swimming on weekends, change houses, vault toilets, picnic area and potable water. Located 6 km (4 mi.) north of Exit 36 off Highway 104, on St. Georges Bay.
Civic address: 151 Bayfield Beach Road, Bayfield.
Size: 3.48 ha (8.59 ac)
GPS: N45 38.386 W61 45.524







BayswaterBayswater 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.
Civic address: 4015 Hwy 329, Bayswater.
Size: 4.07 ha (10.05 ac)
GPS: N44 30.109 W64 04.033









Beaver MountainBeaver 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 for cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, wildlife observation, long hikes or quiet walks. Small picnic area, freshwater taps, vault toilets and interpretive kiosk. No facilities in winter; parking at the gate only. Located in James River 2.5 km (1.5 mi) south. Exit 30, Highway 104.
Civic address: 472 Beaver Meadow Road, James River.
Size: 136.31 ha (336.83 ac)
GPS: N45 34.048 W62 09.229
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Ben EoinBen Eoin - Ben Eoin - Cape Breton - Small secluded site on an old farm against hardwood-covered hill. A short walk leads to a lookoff with a view of East Bay. Picnic, hike, wildlife viewing and exploring nature.
Civic address: 5549 Highway 4, Ben Eoin.
Size: 90.16 ha (222.79 ac)
GPS: N45 57.750 W60 27.650








Black Duck CoveBlack Duck Cove - Eastern Shore - A day-use park with a small sandy beach and a 3.5 km (2 mi.) shoreline walking trail.
Civic address: 1409 Little Dover Road, Little Dover.
Size: 137.14 ha (338.88 ac)
GPS: N45 16.705 W61 02.001









Blomidon Look OffBlomidon-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.
Civic address: 3374 Hwy 358, Arlington.  
Size: 0.13 ha (0.32 ac)
GPS: N45 11.972 W64 24.544









Blue Sea BeachBlue Sea Beach - Northumberland Shore - Small day-use park with a wide beach and dune system on the Northumberland Strait. Small picnic area, change house; swimming, walking trail, carry-in boating and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Civic address: 651 Blue Sea Road, Malagash Point.
Size: 202.02 ha (499.20 ac)
GPS: N45 48.288 W63 18.075









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Cabots LandingCabots Landing-Cape Breton - Picnic and beach park on the shore of Aspy Bay featuring scenic vistas of the steep face of the Pollets Cove-Aspy Fault Wilderness Area. Popular with kayakers, hikers and bicyclists travelling the northern coast of Cape Breton. A National Historic Site cairn commemorates the landing of explorer John Cabot. Located in Sugarloaf, Victoria County, 10 km (6 mi.) north of the Cabot Trail.
Civic address: 1904 Bay St. Lawrence Road, Sugarloaf.
Size: 8.63 ha (21.32 ac)
GPS: N46 56.635 W60 28.007






Caddell Rapids LookoffCaddell Rapids Lookoff - Fundy Shore – Small picnic stop overlooking the Shubenacadie River's spectacular incoming tides. Bald eagles can often be seen patrolling the river for food.
Civic address: 1609 Riverside Road, Stewiacke.
Size: 0.34 ha (.84 ac)
GPS: N45 11.942 W63 23.426









Camerons BrookCamerons Brook - South Shore - A small waterside park offering a shaded picnic 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.
Civic address: 7900 Hwy 8, South Brookfield.
Size: 1.47 ha (3.63 ac)
GPS: N44 19.929 W64 57.261









Cape SmokeyCape Smokey - Cape Breton – Located on top of Smokey Mountain and offering spectacular coastal views, this is a popular rest stop for those traveling the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park areas. A 10 km (6.2 mi) return trail provides more exciting views and photo opportunities. Allow four hours to hike the trail.
Civic address: 40301 Cabot Trail, Cape Smokey.
Size: 717.96 ha (1774.11 ac)
GPS: N46 35.687 W60 22.779






Cape SplitCape Split - A large natural environment park popular with hikers, is considered to be a provincially significant coastal landmark overlooking the Bay of Fundy. The site offers wildlife and tidal viewing opportunities. The current trail is approximately 8 km (5 mi) one way, with a return travel time of four to five hours. Users are advised to stay on the trail, wear sturdy footwear and layered clothing, and carry plenty of drinking water. This is a day-use park operating on pack-in/pack-out principles. No camping. Parking, picnic tables and vault toilets are available at the trailhead only.
Civic address: 999 Cape Split Road, Scots Bay.
Size: 447 ha (1104 ac) GPS: N45 18.880 W64 25.755






Card Lake - South Shore - Card LakeA 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.
Civic address: 3895 Hwy 14, Card Lake.
Size: 104.29 ha (257.70 ac)
GPS: N44 43.164 W64 15.855





Central Grove - Fundy Shore – Central GroveLocated about half-way down Long Island in Digby County, this small day-use park offers a roadside picnic area. Take short walk along the 0.8 km (0.5 mi) trail which leads 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.
Civic address: 1731 Hwy 217, Central Grove.
Size 12.62 ha (31.18 ac)
GPS: N44 19.981 W66 16.281








Clairmont - ClairmontFundy Shore - A small day-use park featuring a shaded picnic area beneath a stand of red pine. Walking, cross-country skiing. Located 3 km east of Kingston; off Hwy 101 between Exits 16 and 17.
Civic address: 1405 Hwy 1, Kingston.
Size: 23.4 ha (57.82 ac)
GPS: N45 00.437 W64 54.479








Clam Harbour BeachClam 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. Flush toilets, showers, change rooms, boardwalks, hiking trail, carry-in boating and interpretive panels. Located 10 km (6 mi) south of Lake Charlotte.
Civic address: 158 Beach Road, Clam Harbour.
Size 183.22 ha (452.75 ac)
GPS: N44 43.598 W62 53.141






Cleveland Beach - South Shore -Cleveland Beach A sister beach to Queensland, offering a sandy shoreline and (unsupervised) swimming opportunities. Small picnic area. Limited parking. Located east of Hubbards (Hwy 103, Exit 6).
Civic address: 8878 Highway 3, Hubbards.
Size: 4.43 ha (11 ac)
GPS: N44 38.985 W64 00.017








ColdbrookColdbrook - Fundy Shore – Enjoy a picnic area under a canopy of pine. Located about 1 km west of various take-out restaurants found at Hwy 101; Exit 14.
Civic address: 7073 Hwy 1.
Size: 2.86 ha (7.06 ac)
GPS: N45 04.032 W64 34.406








Cole Harbour -Lawrencetown -- Eastern Shore - Rainbow HavenPopular system of park properties featuring sand and cobble beaches on the Atlantic coast, with adjacent hiking trails. Lawrencetown Beach is noted for its surf, and offers supervised swimming (July – August/STC). Ramped board walks, change house, showers and flush toilets. Strong rip tides and currents are common - swimmers must exercise caution. Also included are Conrads Beach and Rainbow Haven Beach.
Size: 747 ha (1845 ac)
Civic address: Lawrencetown Beach - 4348 Lawrencetown Road, Lawrencetown.
GPS: N44 38.688 W63 20.706;
Civic address: Rainbow Haven Beach -- 2248 Cow Bay Road, Cow Bay.
GPS: N44 38.861 W63 25.416






Cookville - South Shore - CookvilleSmall day-use picnic park with access to the LaHave River for canoeing, kayaking and sport fishing. Community operated. Civic address: 1119 Hwy 10, Cookville.
Size: 1.41 ha (3.48 ac)
GPS: N44 25.368 W64 33.113








Cottage Cove - Cottage CoveFundy Shore - A picnic park overlooking the Bay of Fundy and offering a cool respite from the Valley heat. Located 13 km (8 mi) northwest of Middleton.
Civic address: 11935 Shore Road, Port George.
Size: 0.5 ha (1.23 ac)
GPS: N44 59.602 W65 10.711







Crystal Crescent BeachCrystal Crescent Beach - Halifax Metro - Three white-sand crescent beaches located at the mouth of Halifax Harbour. Boardwalks to the first two beaches, vault toilets. Trailhead for a hike to Pennant Point, 10 km (6 mi) which provides interesting birding and wildlife viewing.
Civic address: 223 Sambro Creek Road., Sambro
Size: 538.89 ha (1331.63 ac)
GPS: N44 28.307 W63 37.364




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Dalem LakeDalem Lake - Cape Breton – Day-use park surrounds a small lake and provides picnic tables shaded by hardwoods, a white-sand beach, and a boat launch for non-motorized craft. Also, 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.
Civic address: 220 New Dominion Road.
Size: 47.72 ha (117.92 ac)
GPS: N46 15.000 W60 25.236






Dominion BeachDominion 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. Flush toilets, salt rinse showers, and change houses. From Sydney, take Highway 4 left, north of Gardener Road, 5 km (3 mi), right 8 km(5 mi) east along Highway 28.
Civic address: 48 Lower Mitchell Avenue, Dominion.
Size: 27.96 ha (69.19 ac)
GPS: N46 12.818 W60 01.729







DundeeDundee - Cape Breton - This day-use park offers a small sandy beach and a boat launch for the Bras d’Or Lake.
Size: 0.2 ha (.494 ac)
GPS: N45 41.847 W61 06.326








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East River - South Shore - East RiverA tiny picturesque picnic stop on a sheltered ocean cove. Located in East River, 1 km (0.5 mi) east of Hwy 103; Exit 7.
Civic address: 2177 Highway 3, East River.
Size 0.51 ha (1.26 ac)
GPS: N44 35.330 W64 10.375







Elderbank - Eastern Shore - ElderbankAn access point for canoeing/kayaking the lower Musquodoboit River. Parking, picnic tables. Located 29 km (18 mi) north of Musquodoboit Harbour.
Civic address: 5819 Hwy 357, Elderbank. Size: 0.81 ha (2 ac)
GPS: N44 58.837 W63 12.970









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Falls Lake - Falls LakeFundy Shore - A small picnic park with beach access on Falls Lake. Carry-in launch point for canoes/kayaks, sport fishing. Limited cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Civic address: 1541 New Ross Rd Hwy 14, Vaughan.
Size: 5.70 ha (14.08 ac)
GPS: N44 50.370 W64 14.384







Fancy Lake Fancy Lake- South Shore - A day-use picnic park with freshwater beach access. Canoe/kayak, or sport fishing.
Civic address: 854 Conquerall Mills Road., Conquerall Mills.
Size: 0.27 ha (0.67 ac)
GPS: N44 19.689 W64 31.936











Fox Harbour - Northumberland Shore - Fox HarbourA day-use park on the shore of Fox Harbour with a sandy beach and warm water. Vault toilets and change houses. Located at Wallace, 4 km (2.5 mi) north of Route 6. Civic address: 865 Fox Harbour South Road, Wallace
Size: 59.77 ha (147.69 ac)
GPS: N45 50.100 W63 26.022







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Glenwood - Yarmouth - GlenwoodA beautiful quiet picnic place on Rickers Lake, bordering Hwy 103. Picnic tables scattered beneath hardwoods with view of lake. Beach access, carry-in boating. Located at the junction of Hwy 3 and Hwy 103.
Civic address: 5570 Highway 3, Lower Argyle.
Size: 38.76 ha (95.78 ac)
GPS: N43 47.637 W65 52.468







Green Hill Green Hill- Northumberland Shore - A picnic park with a magnificent view of the farmlands below. Off Highway 104, 9 km (6 mi) east of West River. Civic address: 209 Dan Fraser Road, Green Hill.
Size: 9.64 ha (23.82 ac)
GPS: N45 34.925 W62 47.464









Groves Point - Groves PointCape Breton – Day-use park featuring a sand and pebble beach and warm salt water. Picnic in the field or at tables under a softwood stand. Change houses, wildlife viewing, kayaking and sport fishing. Located 5 km (3 mi) south of Highway 105, before crossing St. Andrew's Channel.
Civic address: 1055 Hillside Boularderie Road, Groves Point.
Size: 4.64 ha (11.47 ac)
GPS: N46 13.905 W60 20.746






Gulf Shore - Northumberland Shore - Gulf ShoreA beautiful day-use park on a hilltop overlooking the Northumberland Strait. Picnic tables; some with roof, in an open field. Sandy beach with warm water. Located 5 km (3 mi) north of Pugwash.
Civic address: 1033 Gulf Shore Road, Gulf Shore.
Size: 9.78 ha (24.17 ac)
GPS: N45 52.351 W63 37.582








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Heather Beach - Northumberland Shore – Heather BeachA 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.
Civic address: 700 Heather Beach Road, Port Howe.
Size: 6.74 ha (16.65 ac)
GPS: N45 52.483 W63 45.226








Hubbards - South Shore – HubbardsA small day-use park with a picnic area and boat launch for sea kayaking opportunities. Located on Hwy 3, about 3 km west of Queensland Beach Provincial Park.
Size: 0.55 ha (1.35 ac)
GPS: N44 38.323 W64 03.681










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Irish Cove - Cape Breton - Irish CoveA small roadside picnic park located on a hill overlooking Bras d' Or Lake. Some wildlife viewing opportunities. Located 32 km (20 mi) northeast of St. Peter's.
Civic address: 16165 Hwy 4, Irish Cove.
Size: 1.08 ha (2.66 ac)
GPS: N45 48.901 W60 41.537





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Jerry Lawrence - Halifax Metro – Jerry Lawrencea 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 Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea 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.
Civic address: 4775 St. Margaret's Bay Rd (Hwy 3) Upper Tantallon.
Size: 746.92 ha (1845.68 ac)
GPS: N44 41.173 W63 51.442.
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Lake George - Fundy Shore – Lake GeorgeA freshwater sandy beach. Change houses, small picnic area and an adjacent launch for canoes and kayaks. Civic address: 125 North River Road., Lake George.
Size: 4.16 ha (10.28 ac)
GPS: N44 55.474 W64 41.422








Lake Midway - Fundy Shore - lake medwayA small roadside park on Lake Midway. Picnic tables located in hardwood area and open fields. Trout fishing (seasonal). Canoe and kayak opportunitites.
Civic address: 7600 Hwy 217, Lake Midway.
Size: 1.72 ha (4.25 ac)
GPS: N44 31.784 W66 02.511.
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Lake O' Law - Cape Breton – Lake O'LawAn inland park located on the lake providing swimming, carry-in boating, fishing, and picnic opportunities.
Civic address: 4830 Cabot Trail Hwy 19, Lake O'Law.
Size: 2.15 ha (5.31 ac)
GPS: N46 16.572 W60 57.745









Lennox Passage - Cape Breton – Lennox PassagePicnic in forest or open areas, enjoy the 2 km of trails, take a swim 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.
Civic address: 2313 Hwy 320, Isle Madame.
Size: 37.11 ha (91.7 ac)
GPS: N45 35.145 W61 01.378






Lochiel Lake - Eastern Shore - lochiel lakeA quiet picnic park with tables placed under mixed wood trees beside an open field and overlooking Lochiel Lake. The lake is suitable for boating and swimming. Located 6.5 Km (4 mi) north of Aspen.
Civic address: 13575 Hwy 7, Lochiel Lake.
Size: 4.1 ha (10.3 ac)
GPS: N45 21.231 W62 03.496








Londonderry - Fundy Shore – londonderryA small memorial park with an interpretive display on site of former iron works. Located off Hwy 4. Civic address: 1776 Station Road, Londonderry.
Size: 0.11 ha (.27 ac)
GPS: N45 28.303 W63 35.783








Lumsden Pond - Fundy Shore - Lumsden PondPicnic park with easy access to the water. Changes houses, vault toilets, carry-in boating. Civic address: 2530 Corcum Burns Road, Black River.
Size: 7.18 ha (17.74 ac)
GPS: N45 01.554 W64 23.901












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Mabou - Cape Breton - MabouHillside picnic area with a panoramic view of the Mabou Valley. Located 1.5 km (1 mi) north of Mabou.
Civic address: 11925 Hwy 19, Mabou.
Size: 2.23 ha (5.5 ac)
GPS: N46 04.938 W61 22.276










McCormacks Beach - McCormacks beachHalifax Metro – Day-use park adjacent to popular Fisherman's Cove, the park features an extensive boardwalk and provides beautiful views of Eastern Passage, McNabs, Lawlors and Devil's islands and Halifax Harbour. A few picnic shelters.
Civic address: 1641 Shore Road, Eastern Passage.
Size: 6.34 ha (15.6 ac)
GPS: N44 36.443 W63 29.416









MacCormacks Beach - MacCormackCape Breton - A small picnic park overlooking Bras d' Or Lake, with tables scattered through a softwood forest. Beach access and view of picturesque Plaster Cove. Located 0.3 km (0.2 mi) north of Iona.
Civic address: 2481 St. Columba Road, Iona
Size: 4.43 ha (10.95 ac)
GPS: N45 57.833 W60 48.621








MacElmons Pond - - Fundy Shore - MacElmons PondSmall day-use park adjacent to a headpond and wildlife sanctuary. 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. Picnic tables, vault toilets, historic cairn.
Civic address: 219 MacElmon Road, Lower Onslow.
Size: 7.24 ha (17.89 ac)
GPS: N45 23.459 W63 25.677








Marie Joseph - Eastern Shore - Marie JosephA picturesque roadside park with a view of offshore islands. Picnic tables scattered under softwoods overlooking rocky shoreline. Located 1.5 km (1 mi) west of Marie Joseph.
Civic address: 1420 Hwy 7, Liscomb Mills.
Size: 0.68 ha (1.68 ac)
GPS: N44 58.066 W62 05.195








Martinique Beach - Eastern Shore – Martinique BeachA 5 km (3 mi) crescent, white-sand beach with open and wooded picnic areas behind the dunes and overlooking the water. 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. Change houses, vault toilets. Parking may be limited on summer weekends. Located 11 km (7 mi) south of Musquodoboit Harbour.
Civic address: 2389 Petpeswick Road, East Petpeswick.
Size: 47.02 ha (116.19 ac)
GPS: N44 41.394 W63 08.841






Mavillette Beach - Yarmouth & Acadian Shores – Mavillette BeachA 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. Change houses, vault toilets, birdwatching platforms and freshwater taps available. No picnic tables.
Civic address: 295,336,395 John Doucette Road, Mavillette.
Size: 43.06 ha (106.40 ac)
GPS: N44 05.369 W66 11.448






McNabs and Lawlor Islands - MacNabs-LawlorsHalifax 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. Vault toilets located at five sites on the island. No drinking water available.
Size: 484.67 ha (1197.65 ac)
GPS: N44 37.334 W63 32.350
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Melmerby Beach - - Northumberland Shore -Melmerby A popular 2 km (1.25 mi) supervised beach (July-August/ STC) with boardwalks. Change houses, salt-rinse showers, flush toilets, picnic tables, boat launch and abundant parking. Located 16 km (10 mi) north of Hwy 104, Exit 25.
Civic address: 6280 - 6380 Little Harbour Road, Little Harbour.
Size: 113 ha (279.23 ac)
GPS: N45 39.157 W62 29.764






Mickey Hill - Bay of Fundy/Annapolis Valley - Mickey HillDay-use park with gravel trail and swimming area. Interpretive signage, boardwalks, steep staircases, and suspension bridge through rocky areas. Picnic area on the river, vault toilets. Cross-country skiing in the winter; no facilities in off season and parking at the gate only. Located 5 km (3 mi) south of Highway 101, Exit 22.
Civic address: 7956 Hwy 8, Graywood.
Size: 72.93 ha (180.21 ac)
GPS: N44 43.955 W65 29.602








Moose River Gold Mines - Eastern Shore - Moose River Gold MinesLocated in one of Nova Scotia's earliest gold mining regions, the park marks the site of the 1936 Moose River Mine Disaster. Three men were trapped in the collapse. Their rescue story was widely chronicled in the media carried by over 700 radio stations across Canada, the US and England. Interpretive display and picnic area. Located 5 km (3 mi) east of Tangier.
Civic address: 140 Moose River Road, Moose River Gold Mines.
Size: 4.38 ha (10.82 ac)
GPS: N44 58.809 W62 56.621
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Musquodoboit Valley - Eastern Shore – Musquodoboit ValleyDay-use park bordering the Musquodoboit River. Picnic tables in open or hardwood shaded areas, playground, and group use area. Canoeing and kayaking opportunities available. Located on Hwy 224, 42 km (26 mi) north of Route 7.
Civic address: 11685 Hwy 224, Middle Musquodoboit.
Size: 66.99 ha (165.54 ac)
GPS: N45 03.586 W63 06.868






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Northport Beach - Northumberland Shore -Northport 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. Picnic tables, group use area available. Located 3 km (2 mi) east of Northport.
Civic address: 7722 Highway 366, Northport.
Size: 11.1 ha (27.43 ac)
GPS: N45 55.386 W63 50.723






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Oakfield - Halifax Metro – Oakfielda 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.
Civic address: 366 Oakfield Park Road, Grand Lake.
Size: 55.62 ha (137.44 ac)
GPS: N44 54.709 W63 35.116






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Petersfield - Cape Breton – PetersfieldDay-use park overlooking the south arm of Sydney Harbour. The 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. Picnic tables and interpretive signs. Open for winter activities, although no facilities or services are provided.
Civic address: 1126 Westmount Road, Sydney.
Size: 22.81 ha (56.36 ac)
GPS: N46 08.632 W60 13.439






Point Michaud Beach - Cape Breton - Point Michaud BeachA 3 km (2 mi) sandy beach, backed by marram-covered sand dunes and large cranberry bogs. Supervised swimming (July – August/STC). Some surfing opportunities. Boardwalk, picnic tables, change house and vault toilets.
Civic address: 3796 Hwy 247, Point Michaud.
Size: 60.60 ha (149.75 ac)
GPS: N45 35.533 W60 40.805








Pomquet Beach - Northumberland Shore - PomquetThis 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). Other park features include boardwalks, an interpretive display, change house and flush toilets. 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.
Civic address: 432 Pomquet Beach Road, Pomquet.
Size: 164.14 ha (405.60 ac)
GPS: N45 38.691 W61 49.285








Pondville Beach - Cape Breton – Pondville BeachDay-use park with 1 km (0.5 mi) sandy beach, backed by gentle dunes, a large lagoon and a salt marsh. Picnic tables, change house and vault toilets. Located 2 km (1.5 mi) off Hwy 320 east through Pondville.
Civic address: 219 Pondville North Road, Arichat.
Size: 3.35 ha (8.28 ac)
GPS: N45 32.319 W60 58.681








Port Hood Beach - Cape Breton -Port Hood A day-use park with a cobble beach and adjacent to white sand beach. Supervised swimming (July – August/STC), carry-in boating, birding. Picnic tables, boardwalk, trail, change house and flush toilets. Located near Port Hood Station.
Civic address: 8657 Hwy 19, Port Hood.
Size: 16.38 ha (40.47 ac)
GPS: N46 00.191 W61 31.797








Port L’Hebert - South Shore – Port L'HebertAn outdoor recreation park featuring a 2.1 km ( 1.3 mi.) looped trail through hardwoods and granite boulders left by retreating glaciers and providing a pleasant walk with an attractive view of the coast. Site is adjacent a federal migratory bird sanctuary. Parking area, picnic tables and vault toilets at the trailhead. Located about 25 minutes south of Liverpool.
Civic address: 11183 Hwy 103, Granite Village.
Size: 70.97 ha (175.44 ac)
GPS: N43 52.488 W64 57.824








Port Maitland Beach - Yarmouth & Acadian Shores - Port MaitlandA 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. Picnic tables, change houses, and vault toilets. From Hwy 101 take Exit 33 to Route 1 and travel 4 km (2.5 mi).
Civic address: 3297 Shore Road, Port Maitland.
Size: 8.41 ha (20.78 ac)
GPS: N43 59.090 W66 09.225








Port Shoreham Beach - Eastern Shore - Port ShorehamSand and cobble beach park offering picnic tables near the beach, change houses and vault toilets.
Civic address: 1720 Hwy 344, Port Shoreham.
Size: 39.28 ha (97.06 ac)
GPS: N45 25.567 W61 23.946








Powells Point - Northumberland Shore - Powells PointA large day-use park with shoreline access to the warmest salt water in Nova Scotia. Sandy beach on one side, rocky on the other. Large picnic area, kayak launch. Located off Hwy 348, about 6 km (3.7 mi) northeast of Trenton.
Civic address: 8049 Pictou Landing Road, Little Harbour.
Size: 25.57 ha (63.18 ac)
GPS: N45 38.969 W62 34.059






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Queensland Beach - South Shore – queensland beachOne of the most popular beach parks on the South Shore. Supervised swimming (July – August/STC). Arrive early on hot summer days to find a parking spot. Change houses and vault toilets.
Civic address: 9600 Hwy 3, Hubbards.
Size: 1.35 ha (3.34 ac)
GPS: N44 38.127 W64 01.553








Rainbow Haven Beach - Eastern Shore - see Cole Harbour








Ross Ferry - Cape Breton – ross ferryCommunity managed day-use area offering a boat launch to the Bras d’Or Lake. Picnic tables, interpretive display and a short-looped trail.
Civic address: Hwy 305, Ross Ferry.
Size: 2.63 ha (6.5 ac)
GPS: N46 08.632 W60 35.029








Rushtons Beach - Northumberland Shore – Rushtons BeachPopular 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. Picnic area, change houses and vault toilets. Located about 4km (2.5 mi) east of Brule.
Civic address: 723 Hwy 6, Brule.
Size: 18.93 ha (46.77 ac)
GPS: N45 45.164 W63 07.250






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Sable River - South Shore - Sable RiverThis small picnic park has a brook running through it that changes direction with the tide. A canopy of pine provides a relaxing place to stop and picnic. Located just south of Hwy 103, Exit 23 at Sable River.
Civic address: 140 West Sable River Road, Sable River.
Size: 53.65 ha (132.5 ac)
GPS: N43 50.164 W65 03.976








Sackville Lakes - Halifax Metro –Sackville Lakes A natural environment park offering an attractive forest setting in a near-urban area for walking and hiking as well as lake access for canoeing or kayaking. Trail development and management by a community group.
Civic address: 440 First Lake Drive, Lower Sackville.
Size: 283.28 ha (699 ac)
GPS: N44 46.146 W63 39.028








Salt Springs - Northumberland Shore - saltspringsNestled 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. Picnic tables, water taps and vault toilets. Located just off Hwy 104, Exit 19, 17 km (10 mi) west of New Glasgow.
Civic address: 2532 Hwy 4, Salt Springs.
Size: 28.87 ha (71.34 ac)
GPS: N45 32.696 W62 52.772






Sand Hills Beach - sand hillsSouth 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. Picnic tables, change houses and vault toilets. Located about 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Hwy 103, Exit 29.
Civic address: 28 Sand Hills Beach Park Rd., Villagedale.
Size: 94.61 ha (233.79 ac)
GPS: N43 31.585 W65 32.738







Savary - Fundy Shore - SavaryA picturesque day-use park overlooking St. Mary's Bay. At low tide you can beachcomb along the rocky shoreline. Carry-in boatong. Picnic underneath the birches. Picnic tables and vault toilets.
Civic address: 7401 Hwy 1, Plympton.
Size: 10.82 ha (26.73 ac)
GPS: N44 30.698 W65 54.390








Scots Bay - Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley - Scots BaySmall picnic area adjacent to the beach. Watch the world’s highest tides rise and fall before your eyes.
Civic address: 16 Wharf Road., Scots Bay.
Size: 0.26 ha (.642 ac)
GPS: N45 18.051 W64 23.700








Second Peninsula - South Shore - Second PeninsulaThis 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.
Civic address: 781 Second Peninsula Road, Second Peninsula.
Size: 19.44 ha (48.04 ac)
GPS: N44 24.144 W64 17.732








Sherbrooke - Eastern Shore - SherbrookeSmall picnic park on the St. Marys River, Scattered tables under towering softwood trees. Just north of Sherbrooke on Route 7.
Civic address: 8407, Hwy 7, Sherbrooke.
Size: 0.31 ha (.76 ac)
GPS: N45 09.151 W61 58.519










Shinimicas - Northumberland Shore - ShinimicasA small picnic park located under stately elms along the banks of the Shinimicas River. Located 1 km (0.5 mi) east of Shinimicas Bridge.
Civic address: 5252 Highway 6, Shinimicas.
Size: 6.95 ha (17.17 ac)
GPS: N45 52.332 W63 54.557








Shubenacadie - Shubenacadie Canal and Waterway.Shubenacadie Canal
Size: 7.44 ha (18.38 ac)
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Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park – Fundy Shore – Wildlife ParkSet 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 and washrooms available at the park. A 10 ha (24.7 ac) picnic area is located next to the park and offers sheltered picnic tables, potable water and a playground.
Civic address: 149 Creighton Road, Shubenacadie.
Size: 20.23 ha (50 ac)
GPS: N45 05.570 W63 23.576
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Smuggler's Cove - Yarmouth & Acadian Shores – smugglers covePicturesque 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. Picnic tables, vault toilets and an interpretive display outlining the history of the area.
Civic address: 7651 Hwy 1, Meteghan.
Size: 7.74 ha (19.13 ac)
GPS: N44 10.224 W66 10.851








Spry Bay - Eastern Shore - spry baySmall roadside park overlooking the bay. Picnic tables.
Civic address: 19310 Hwy 7, Spry Bay.
Size: 0.13 ha (.32 ac)
GPS: N44 50.525 W62 37.214











St Anns - Cape Breton - StAnnsScenic day-use park overlooking a saltmarsh and bay. A 500 m trail meanders by the water and back through the softwood forest to the parking area. Picnic tables, vault toilet.
Civic address: 51475 Cabot Trail, St. Anns.
Size: 4.27 ha (10.5 ac)
GPS: N46 12.488 W60 37.358










Summerville Beach - South Shore - Summerville-BeachOne of the finest sandy 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. Picnic tables, vault toilets.
Civic address: 7533 Hwy 3, Summerville Centre.
Size: 33.81 ha (83.5 ac)
GPS: N43 57.270 W64 48.888







Swissair Memorial Site (Bayswater)Swissair Memorial Site (Bayswater)South Shore – Located in a peaceful setting near the ocean, this monument was 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.
Civic address: 4100 Hwy 329, Bayswater.
GPS: N44 29.972 W64 04.110







Swiss Air Memorial Site (Peggys Cove) – South Shore - Swiss Air Memorial Peggys CoveA short (30 m/33 yrds) 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.
Civic address: 8250 Peggys Cove Road, Peggys Cove.
GPS: N44 30.400 W63 56.024






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Tatamagouche - Northumberland Shore - TatamagoucheSmall picnic park located 1.5 km (1 mi) east of Tatamagouche.
Civic address: 2664 Hwy 6, Tatamagouche.
Size: 6.47 ha (16 ac)
GPS: N45 42.581 W63 16.004










Taylor Head - Eastern Shore - Taylor HeadLocated southwest of Sheet Harbour, this park occupies a rugged wind swept peninsula that juts 6 km (# mi) into the Atlantic Ocean. The park's hiking trails provide access to a variety of natural habitat, interesting geological features, and wildlife habitat, scenic lookoffs, secluded beaches and 16 km (10 mi.) of unspoiled coastline. Picnic tables, interpretive display, change houses and vault toilets.
Civic address: 20140 Hwy 7, Spry Bay.
Size: 855.95 ha (2115.09 ac)
GPS: N44 50.675 W62 34.889
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Ten Mile Lake - South Shore - Ten Mile LakeA small lakeside picnic park beneath a stand of pine and hemlock. Relax by the shore or take a quick dip. Boat launch for canoes, kayaks or sport fishing. Located 21 km (13 mi) north of Liverpool.
Civic address: 3933 Hwy 8, Middlefield.
Size: 3.27 ha (8.08 ac)
GPS: N44 11.377 W64 49.960









Tidnish Dock - Northumberland Shore – Tidnish DockThis 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. Picnic tables, unsupervised swimming, change houses, vault toilets and interpretive signs.
Civic address: 919 Tidnish Head Road, Tidnish.
Size: 9.32 ha (23 ac)
GPS: N45 59.653 W64 00.667
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Tor Bay - Eastern Shore - Tor BayPicturesque 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 make this an interesting stop along the Eastern Shore. Birding, carry-in boating. Beach is unsupervised.
Civic address: 650 Hwy 316, Tor Bay.
Size: 12.88 ha (31.83 ac)
GPS: N45 11.275 W61 21.267







Trout Brook
- Cape Breton – Trout BrookDay-use park offering picnicking under a mixed-wood forest. Beyond the forested area is a beautiful white sandy beach on the shores of Lake Ainslie. Swimming (unsupervised). Located approximately 22.5 km (14 mi) south of the junction of Routes 19 and 395.
Civic address: 2535 Hwy 395, Trout Brook.
Size: 8.58 ha (21.20 ac)
GPS: N46 05.738 W61 08.454






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Usige Bàn Falls - Cape Breton – Usige Ban FallsEnjoy this 1.5 kilometre round trip hike amid beautiful hardwoods to a spectacular 15 m waterfall. Picnic tables and vault toilets. Located 14.5 kilometres (9 miles) north of Baddeck. From Highway 105, take Exit 9.
Civic address: 715 North Branch Road, Baddeck Forks.
Size: 147.49 ha (364.5 ac)
GPS: N46 12.181 W60 46.580















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Waterside Beach - Northumberland Shore - Waterside BeachLong sandy beach with warm water, salt marsh and open farmland. Unsupervised swimming. Seldom crowded. Picnic tables, boardwalks, change houses and vault toilets. Located 3 km (2 mi) north of Route 6, east of Caribou River.
Civic address: 649 R. Grant Road, Caribou River.
Size: 95.71 ha (236.5 ac)
GPS: N45 45.544 W62 46.585








Wentworth - Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley – wentworthDay-use picnic park with scenic views along a meandering river. Hike the trails connecting to Cobequid Mountain. Popular birdwatching location. Picnic tables, flush toilets, vault toilets, and group use area.
Civic address: 14160 Highway 4, Wentworth.
Size: 143.3 ha (354.10 ac)
GPS: N45 37.782 W63 3.315








West Mabou Beach - Cape Breton - west mabou beachNatural environment park with large sand beach and dune system at the mouth of Mabou Harbour. Several walking and hiking trails, picnic tables, vault toilets, interpretive site and stocked fish pond.
Civic address: 1757 Little Mabou Road, Mabou.
Size: 275.26 ha (680.18 ac)
GPS: N46 04.333 W61 28.952
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William deGarthe - South Shore - DegartheCarved memorial to the fishermen of the area. Long-time resident William de Garthe carved the memorial in a granite outcrop.
Civic address: Peggys Cove, Halifax County
Size: 0.06 ha (.15 ac)









Wildlife Park (Shubenacadie) – see Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park