Discover Your Perfect Beach
Build sandcastles, fly kites, take a surfing lesson, play in the waves, 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 salty air along our 7,600 kilometres of seacoast. Explore, play, or simply relax on a warm sandy beach 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) in the summer months.
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 Nova Scotia's 125+ fresh and saltwater beaches has its own distinct character, and you will have a lot of fun discovering new favourites. Some are ideal for swimming while others are a surfers' heaven, and with 25 lifeguard-supervised beaches, you are guaranteed to find the perfect one for the whole family. There are perfect put-in spots for canoeing and kayaking, beaches with hiking trails, and ones with 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.