From the white sand of Coote Cove, look across Sambro Harbour to the rugged granite islands defining the western boundary of Halifax Harbour. The red-and-white striped lighthouse on Sambro Island serves to warn of nearby reefs:Shag Rock, Mad Rock, and The Sisters, all of which have claimed victims in the past. For the entire 8.5-km (5.25-mi) walk, the restless Atlantic Ocean is your constant companion as the trail heads over barrens, bogs, and massive boulders to the headland. A 20-minute drive from Halifax, Pennant Point is a different world; yet, the area is an ideal location for families, with several protected beaches that swarm with swimmers on a hot summer day, and a boardwalk front-country trail that permits an easy, but still scenic stroll near the trailhead.

Directions From Halifax’s Armdale Rotary, travel to Sambro on highway 349 (Herring Cove Road). From Sambro follow the signs to Crystal Crescent Beach. There are two parking lots to choose from. As long as you head to the beach then turn right (southwest), you will find the coastal trail.

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