12 of the Best Beaches in Nova Scotia

Crystal Crescent Beach | Courtesy of Kate Horodyski
Crystal Crescent Beach | Courtesy of Kate Horodyski
Photo of Kate Horodyski
19 October 2017

Seeing as nearly the entire province is surrounded by ocean, it’s not surprising that there is no shortage of great beaches in Nova Scotia. Many visitors are surprised, though, to discover the white sands, crystal clear waters, and world-class surfing conditions that define the province’s beaches. Keep reading to discover our all-time favourites.

Crystal Crescent

This series of three crescent-shaped beaches is located just 40 minutes from downtown Halifax and is a favourite among locals. The third, and furthest beach is a nudist/naturalist beach.

Crystal Crescent Beach | Courtesy of Kate Horodyski

Carters Beach

You may think you’ve somehow wound up on the Caribbean upon reaching Carters’ shores. Its soft, white sand and crystal clear waters make it one of the most beautiful beaches in Nova Scotia.

Martinique Beach

Martinique is the longest beach in Nova Scotia, with five kilometres (three miles) of white sand beach. One of a number of great beaches on the Eastern Shore, it’s also a protected area for the piping plover and a wildlife refuge for migratory waterfowl.

Rissers Beach

Rissers is a perfect family-friendly option due to its calm waters and clean, well-maintained shores.

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Bayswater Beach

Pack your towel, sunscreen, and… hot dogs! Bayswater Beach, located just outside of Halifax, is equipped with outdoor barbeques, making it the perfect place to spend a full day of beaching and grilling.

Melmerby Beach

On the Northumberland Shore you’ll find Melmerby Beach, home to some of the warmest waters in the province. Stroll along the boardwalk, dip in the warm waters, and enjoy the beautiful coastal views.

Lawrencetown Beach

Head to the Eastern Shore’s Lawrencetown Beach for some of the best surf, not only in Nova Scotia but in all of North America. Bring your own board or sign up for one of the onsite surf lessons.

Conrad’s Beach

Conrad’s Beach is situated between the more popular Lawrencetown and Rainbow Haven beaches and is a favourite spot for locals looking to get away from the crowds of its neighbours.

Clam Harbour Beach

This lovely family-friendly beach is on the Eastern Shore and features boardwalks, hiking trailers, change rooms, and showers. It’s popular for the warm streams that flow into the ocean – they’re a great place to hang out and offer a great alternative to the chillier ocean water.

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Inverness Beach

If you’re in Cape Breton (and you should be), you need to make at least one visit to Inverness Beach. Visitors fall in love with its long stretch of soft sand, warm waters, and idyllic boardwalk.

Rainbow Haven Beach

Despite its chilly waters, Rainbow Haven is popular with locals and features white sand beaches and a long boardwalk. Its close proximity to the city is appealing too, and it’s just a 15-minute drive from Dartmouth.

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White Point Beach

This private beach is owned by the White Point Resort Lodge, but you don’t need to be staying at the resort to enjoy it. For $10, you’ll get a day pass to the white sand beach and its facilities. You’ll find this beautiful spot on the South Shore near the town of Liverpool.

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