Clam Harbour Beach – Nova Scotia


Clam Harbour is a large 3km long beach that is one of the most scenic and beautiful beaches in Nova Scotia. Clam Harbour is often characterized by its fine sand and large number of foggy days. Each August, Clam Harbour is host to the annual Sand Castle Sculpture Contest. Depending on conditions, Sand Castle Day is usually the single most busy day of all N.S. beaches throughout the summer, drawing tens of thousands to the beach.



Clam Harbour, a natural sand beach on Nova Scotia’s rugged eastern shore, was absorbed by the provincial government in 1977. The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service began supervision of Clam Harbour in 1978 and in 1979, a three storey lifeguard tower was erected to the back of the beach area to provide full and clear surveillance during busy days. In 1980 The Department of Lands and Forests (now the Department Natural Resources) added a full concession and interpretive centre, a 300 car parking lot and board walks. Due to declining populations, supervision of Clam Harbour was reduced to weekends only in 1991, and in 1998, the lifeguard tower was reduced to a one storey storage hut. Despite it’s many cutbacks, Clam Harbour continues to draw large populations on the weekends.


Clam Harbour’s facilities include a large picnic area, male/female flush toilets, male/female change rooms, an interpretive centre, board walks and hiking trails.

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