Beaches and Parks

With more warm-water ocean beaches than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada, the North Shore is a beach lover's paradise. Come experience some of the warmest ocean water temperatures on the Atlantic coast north of Virginia.

Caribou Munroe Provincial Park

2119 Three Brooks Road, Pictou

"A mile-long sand beach offers some of the warmest saltwater swimming north of the Carolinas and the campground provides excellent opportunities for camping, or just appreciating nature.

Melmerby Beach Provincial Park

6280 Little Harbour Road, Little Harbour

The beach is supervised in the months of July and August. Park features include change houses, flush toilets, salt-rinse showers, picnic tables, boat launch and abundant parking. The park also offers an accessible coastal viewing opportunity.

Powell's Point Provincial Park

8049 Pictou Landing Road, Little Harbour

The park boasts a large picnic area by the warmest salt water in Nova Scotia, with a sandy beach on one side and rocky on the other. For those with kayaks, the park has a boat launch.

Rushton's Beach Provincial Park

723 Highway 6, Marshville

Rushtons Beach Provincial Park, 4 km (2.5 mi) east of Brule (723 Highway 6) in the Northumberland Shore region, offers sheltered picnic grounds and has some of the warmest ocean water in Nova Scotia with broad sandbars at low tide.

Waterside Beach Provincial Park

649 Grant Road, Caribou River

Waterside Beach Provincial Park, situated east of Caribou River (3 km /2 mi north of Route 6) in the Northumberland Shore region, is a combination of a long sandy beach, salt marsh and open farmland with picnic tables. This long, wide beach is seldom crowded, and the water is very warm.