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Surf Around Atlantic Canada’s Top Parks & Beaches
Summers in Atlantic Canada are best spent outdoors at one of the sandy maritime playgrounds and parks. With windswept dunes, sparkling waters and unique terrain worth photographing, the local beaches and parks in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are unparalleled. Martinique Beach in Nova Scotia spans 5 km and is popular spot for surfing and walking the boardwalk. Over on PEI, Basin Head Beach is known for its pristine beauty and peaceful setting. If you listen closely, you can actually hear the sand sing. New Brunswick’s Aboiteau Beach offers 5 km of sandy shoreline with a popular seafood restaurant on premises, while Parlee Beach has family-friendly options with volleyball nets, lifeguards on duty and showers. For avid adventure seekers, head to Rockwood Park in NB. With freshwater lakes, waterfalls, caves and over 55 nature trails, visitors can hike, bike, fish, swim, sail, or kayak all in one destination. One of New Brunswick’s top attractions, Hopewell Rocks, is known for having the highest tides in the world. With rare shaped rock formations known as flowerpots, there are also two beach areas, picnic tables, a restaurant and snack bar for you to enjoy.
Found just inland of the Green Bay, Crescent Beach is located on Nova Scotia’s South Shore in eastern Atlantic Canada. Featuring windsurfing and plenty of sand, this white-sanded shore is a two-kilometer crescent-shaped beach connecting the mainland to the LaHave Islands.
Crescent Beach visitors may actually drive along the beach itself, or check out nearby Bridgewater – just a 20-minute drive back inland from Green Bay. Crescent Beach Provincial Park is open to the public from May 15th through October 12th of each year – plan your visit to Nova Scotia accordingly
Bay of Fundy
While in the beautiful Maritime Atlantic Canada province of New Brunswick, travel to the southern region to explore one of the most dynamic coastlines in the world.
The 170 mile Bay of Fundy, tucked in between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, features the world's highest tidal range. Whether whale-watching, hiking, white-water rafting, boating, sea kayaking or visiting local wineries, there is plenty to do in this magnificent area.
While in the Bay of Fundy region, be sure to travel north along the coast to Hopewell Rocks, near Moncton, where you can walk along the ocean floor during low tide. Bring your camera to capture the sandstone rock formations.
The Irving Nature Park and the Fundy Trail Parkway are also must-see area attractions offering incredible views of the Bay, while enjoying time outside. At the end of a fun-filled day, stay in the vibrant city of Saint John.
Set on the Kennebecasis River, Rockwood Park is located in Atlantic Canada in the city of Saint John. Set in southern New Brunswick just north of the Bay of Fundy, the 890-hectare city park ideal for year-round outdoor fun. Drive in from downtown Saint John and enjoy a Rockwood Park picnic.
Grab lunch Lily Lake Pavillion on beautiful Lily Lake, or head to Rockwood Stables for a day of horseback riding. Then tee off at Rockwood Golf Course, take the kids to Cherry Brook Zoo, or check out the massive arboretum at the Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre.
Plan a visit to Nova Scotia and check out Fisherman's Cove. This is an exciting and beautiful place to visit along the eastern passage of the North Atlantic Ocean. Located twenty minutes from downtown Halifax, the cove is a haven for those dangling a fishing line into the water. Watch the fishermen reel in a catch or try to catch one on your own line. It's fun either way!
Jump in a boat and enjoy exploring McNabs Island Provincial Park or Lawlor Island. Schedule plenty of time to see it all. Stroll along the shops and galleries of Fisherman's Cove. Find a wonderful keepsake or a piece of locally-made art. The restaurants along the cove will satisfy your appetite for a delicious treat.
Beach Meadows Municipal Beach
Only minutes from nearby Liverpool, Beach Meadows Municipal Beach is a premier retreat on any hot day in southwestern Nova Scotia. Discover the picnic areas, enjoy the playground, and the white sandy beaches.
Beach Meadows Municipal Beach is located on the southern ridge of Summerville Beach Provincial Park. Enjoy a lazy summer day on the beach, or head out in the water of Atlantic for unforgettable aquatic adventures in Nova Scotia.
Rissers Beach Provincial Park
Set along Route 331, Rissers Beach Provincial Park is located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia on Green Bay – just under 30 kilometers from Bridgewater. Found in eastern Atlantic Canada on the Petite Riviere, Rissers Beach is open from May to October.
Rissers Beach Provincial Park features a picnic area, interpretive centre, a boardwalk, and a 1.5-kilometer stretch of beach. Visitors may also try park programs like wildlife talks, sand castles competitions, and environmental education.
Pine Grove Park
Set in Milton along Highway 103, the 54-acre Pine Grove Park is found in the South Shore region of Nova Scotia, along the Mersey River. Pine Grove Park features walking trails, picnic areas, and nature viewing. It's a short drive west of Liverpool.
Established in 1987 in Queen County – also known as the Forestry Capital of Canada – Pine Grove Park is home to the 1.6-kilometer Pine Grove Park Trail. Open year round, Park Grove is a stunning spot in Atlantic Canada. Plan a spring or summer visit to the Liverpool area and enjoy time spent at Pine Grove Park.
Southern New Brunswick travelers in the Bay of Fundy region have wonderful opportunities for fun. Begin your journey by visiting Hopewell Rocks, located in Hopewell Cape. Enjoy your time in this incredible park, one of New Brunswick's top tourist attractions, to see the highest tides in the world. You'll find it south of Moncton.
Take time to stroll along the park's walking trails to the lookout decks for awesome views of the coast, the beautiful sandstone formations and flowerpot rock formations.
During low tide, bring your camera to capture images of these wonderful rock formations, nicknamed Lover's Arch, ET and Dinosaur Rock. Stop by the Interpretive Centre to see the displays, dioramas and sculptures to learn more about this fascinating area of Atlantic Canada.
Irving Nature Park
Plan on visiting the Irving Nature Park on any trip into Saint John. At 242 hectares in size, this southern New Brunswick park features a wide range of scenic and exciting things to do. Featuring dense, well-groomed woodlands, a wealth of excellent hiking trails, and lots of fishing access, Irving Nature Park will yield a day full of outdoor fun.
Bird watchers will find Irving Nature Park exceptionally great, as there are nearly 250 different fowl species who call the park home.