Life's a Beach in Nova Scotia: Top beaches, beach accommodations, campgrounds, and beach activities in Nova Scotia
Lazy, hazy beach days are some of the most welcomed days in Nova Scotia. With 7,600 km of shoreline, it's no secret that Nova Scotia is home to some pretty awesome beaches. From favourite places to spend a day in the sand to sweet surf spots, here's a list of some of the most recommended beaches throughout Nova Scotia.
Family Favourite Beaches
A beach day with the whole family often means sandy beaches with amenities such as washrooms, change rooms and lifeguards on duty. Some of the most popular family-friendly beaches include Melmerby Beach, Inverness Beach, Bayfield Beach, the beach at Blomidon Provincial Park at low tide and Clam Harbour Beach which is also a popular sandcastle making destination.
For a list of lifeguarded beaches in Nova Scotia, visit the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service website where, in the months of July and August, daily water and air temperatures are posted.
Popular Surfing Beaches
Surfing in Nova Scotia? You betcha! Nova Scotia is a popular year-round cold water surfing destination. On a great surf day, surfers can be seen at popular beaches such as Martinique Beach Provincial Park, Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park, Point Michaud Beach Provincial Park, and the beach at White Point Beach Resort... along with numerous other spots that only the surfers know about. Want to learn to surf or looking to rent surf gear in Nova Scotia? We've got you covered.
Campgrounds with Ocean Beaches
If the sound of the waves crashing or quietly lapping the shoreline is a must on your vacation, you'll enjoy discovering campgrounds in Nova Scotia with ocean beaches. From Rissers Beach Provincial Park on the South Shore to Gulf Shore Camping Park near Pugwash and MacLeod's Beach Campsite in Dunvegan - both which overlook the warm waters of the Northumberland Strait - you are sure to find a perfect oceanside campsite in Nova Scotia.
Check out blogger Jim Cyr's recommendations of 5 great places to camp by the sea in Nova Scotia.
Picture Perfect Beaches
Personally, I don't think an unphotogenic beach exists in Nova Scotia... but I could be biased. From our social media channels of Facebook and Instagram we often see amazing beach photos shared. Some of the most frequently photographed beaches include: The Hawk Beach in Cape Sable Island, the beach (no swimming permitted) in Keji Seaside, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park, Medford Beach and the beaches in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Favourite Freshwater Beaches
While Nova Scotia is almost completely surrounded by ocean which makes for amazing ocean beaches, we also have some pretty great freshwater lakes with beaches too. From the ever popular Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site where Meadow Beach, Slapfoot Beach and Kedge Beach offer excellent swimming, to Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park, Dollar Lake Provincial Park and Freshwater Lake near Ingonish Beach in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, you are sure to find a perfect place to take a dip wherever you are in Nova Scotia.
Beachside Accommodations in Nova Scotia
Where to stay near the beach - there are so many choices in Nova Scotia! In no particular order: White Point Beach Resort, Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill, Oceanstone Resort, Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island, The Markland - Coastal Beach Cottages, SeaWind Landing Country Inn, Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort, Inverness Beach Village, Cabot Links Resort... and so many more!
Nova Scotia Beach Packages
Looking to explore more of Nova Scotia's coastline? From beachcombing and discovering unique ecosystems to dining on the ocean floor, discover other experiences awaiting you at the beach: Dining on the Ocean Floor at Burntcoat Head Park, Surfing Days & Campfire Glamping Nights near Halifax, First Beach Guided Geological Tour in Parrsboro, Coastal Hikes & Beaches Tour on the Eastern Shore, or Big Tastes & Tides on the Bay of Fundy.