Summer 2016 at the Beach in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has a plethora of gorgeous beaches, both saltwater, and freshwater. This summer I had the opportunity–nay, the luxury– of visiting and evaluating a small portion of these slices of paradise. Thus, the hashtag #Tuesdayisbeachday was born. Below you will find my very casual, unscientific review of seven of these utopias based solely on me spending summer 2016 at the beach.

Martinique BeachMartinique Beach Nova Scotia

Martinique is a family favourite. It tends to be the beach we hit once every year. Unfortunately, it’s usually the only beach day of the summer. This year I made it to Martinique twice in addition to the other locales. The best part of Martinique is watching the surfers strut their stuff. Though it’s a bit of a windy drive through Musquodoboit Harbour, the scenery is phenomenal. Be sure to take in the whimsical yard decorations owned by the inhabitants of the small fishing village.

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Lawrencetown Beach Nova ScotiaLawrencetown

Lawrencetown is my favourite beach to visit in October. The water is warm enough to walk in, and the crowds have disappeared. One of the rockier beaches in Nova Scotia, Lawrencetown is a quick trip for most city dwellers looking for an escape. Unfortunately on the particular Tuesday in July that I visited this summer, a fog rolled in and I spent the majority of my time there wrapped in blankets. Finally, we gave up and headed to the local sushi joint for a snack. All in all, it was still a win. Lawrencetown has nice facilities with running water and a fair amount of parking for those busy weekend days.

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Clam Harbour img_4088_srgb

Clam Harbour (or Glam Harbour once my friends and I got there) is a gorgeous expanse of sandy paradise. Renowned for its annual sand castle building competition, Clam Harbour is backed by a forested cliff. I hadn’t been there since I was a small child, and had no recollection of how awesome the beach is. However, this one is a bit of a trip out so plan for an early morning departure and a full day on the sand.

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Crystal Crescent Beach Nova ScotiaCrystal Crescent

Crystal Crescent Beach is what could be considered a city beach. It’s just on the outskirts of town, and perfect for a quick trip. The negative to this is, of course, the inevitable crowding on both weekdays and weekends alike. However, the delightful white sand and warm water made up for crowding, which didn’t become an issue until later in the day.

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Rissers BeachRissers Beach Nova Scotia

Rissers Beach is another family favourite. This expansive beach has fantastic facilities, room for everyone to sprawl out comfortably, and an excellent campground. Nothing beats falling asleep to the sound of ocean waves, let me tell you. Rissers Beach also finds itself warmed by unseasonal waters at times. On a family trip a few summers previous, we were shocked to discover that the water was comparable to the Carribean. I kid you not; I’ve swum there before too. Even when Rissers Beach is sporting plain, cold, Nova Scotia water it’s still a sight to behold.

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Queensland Beach Nova Scotia Queensland

Another first-time visit for me, Queensland Beach was perhaps the most shocking visit of the summer. I didn’t realize how stunning it would be, nor how small it would be comparative to the other beaches. Another city beach, Queensland was extremely crowded despite the work week visit and the nasty weather that rolled in. However, it boasted yet another perfect location for a quick trip. I for one was content just to be able to grab sushi on the way. Do you see a common theme here?

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Rainbow HavenRainbow Haven Beach Nova Scotia

Unfortunately my last beach trip of the summer, Rainbow Haven is another crowded city beach. However, it’s expansive enough that despite many visitors, crowding wasn’t a concern. Rainbow Haven is yet another beach with running water and flushing toilets, which is always a plus. I definitely recommend this beach for a quick day trip.

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Best Beach of #TuesdayisBeachDay Goes To…

Clam Harbour. The warm tidal pools, peaceful forest, the vast expanse of sand, and complete lack of crowding takes the title as far as I’m concerned. Of course, this is just an opinion and I’d love to hear about your favourite Nova Scotia beach. I’m sure many readers will be outraged by my small selection in this evaluation, but this is where my old beat up SUV would take me this year. Next year I hope to venture further out and “evaluate” more beautiful beaches. I’m open to suggestions readers, so please tell me where to go and how to get there. Or maybe I should word that differently.

What’s your favourite Nova Scotia beach and why? Let me know!