Nova Scotia has a wealth of provincial parks. Some are small picnic areas, and others are large parks with a variety of facilities. Lawrencetown Beach is a provincial beach park 19 km (12 mi) east of Dartmouth on Route 207 along the Eastern Shore. This popular sand and cobble beach is noted for its surf. Strong rip tides and currents are common; swimmers and surfers must exercise caution. The park has supervised swimming areas in July and August. Park features include ramped board walks, change houses, showers, and toilets. The beach park connects to a walking trail on a former railbed.
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