Build sandcastles, fly kites, take a surfing lesson, or just walk barefoot in the sand. We know it can be hard to live in the moment – but a beach sure helps.
Unwind in the rolling waves and breathe in the salt air along our 7,600 kilometres of seacoast. Explore, play, or simply relax on the warm sand with a good book.
The Northumberland Shore offers more warm-water beaches than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada. It’s the perfect place to enjoy Nova Scotia’s comfortable climate. Dip your toes at Melmerby Beach, where the sparkly salt water averages more than 22°C (72° F)
The large storm-fed swells that roll in from the Atlantic Ocean and our long sandy beaches combine to attract surfers from around the world. Fall may be the favoured season to jump in the waves, but more and more people are chilling out while winter surfing in Nova Scotia.
Each of our 125 fresh and saltwater beaches has its own distinct character, and you can have a lot of fun discovering the one the best fits your personality. Some are ideal for swimming, others are lively enough for surfing. There are perfect put-in spots for kayaking, beaches with hiking trails and dramatic dunes, and expanses of sand that invite a nap under an umbrella.
And some beaches really come alive after the sun goes down, as the sparks of a bonfire compete with the stars of a night sky.