Ben 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 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-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 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
Cabots 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 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 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 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 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 - 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.
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 – Located 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 - Fundy 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 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 - 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
Coldbrook - 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 - Popular 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 - Small 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 - Fundy 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 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
Dalem 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 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
Dundee - 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
East River - South Shore - A 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 - An 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
Falls Lake - Fundy 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 - 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 - A 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
Glenwood - Yarmouth - A 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 - 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 - Cape 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 - A 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
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.
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 – A 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
Irish Cove - Cape Breton - A 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
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 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 – A 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 - A 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 – An 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 – Picnic 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 - A 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 – A 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 - Picnic 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
Mabou - Cape Breton - Hillside 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 - Halifax 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 - Cape 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 - Small 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 - A 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 – A 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 – 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. 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 - 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. 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 - 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 - Day-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 -
Park closed until further notice.
Located 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 – Day-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
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. 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
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.
Civic address: 366 Oakfield Park Road, Grand Lake.
Size: 55.62 ha (137.44 ac)
GPS: N44 54.709 W63 35.116
Petersfield - Cape Breton – Day-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 - 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. 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 - 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). 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 – Day-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 - 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 – An 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 - 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. 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 - Sand 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 - 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. 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 – One 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 – Community 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 – 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. 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
Sable River - South Shore - This 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 – 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 - 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. 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 - 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. 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 - A 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 - Small 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 - 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.
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 - Small 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 - 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.
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.
Size: 7.44 ha (18.38 ac)
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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 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
Smuggler's 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. 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 - Small 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 - Scenic 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 - One 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) – 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 - A 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
Usige Bàn Falls - Cape Breton – Enjoy 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
Waterside Beach - Northumberland Shore - Long 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 – Day-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 - Natural 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 - Carved 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