Clam Harbour Beach is a long, beautiful white sand beach within the Halifax Regional Municipality. For the past 34 years, the Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition has attracted hundreds of contestants and “thousands of spectators”.
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Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park – This beautiful beach park, at the mouth of the Halifax Harbour, has 3 white-sand crescent beaches to enjoy with boardwalks to the first 2 beaches and 2 pit-toilet facilities. The park is also the trailhead for a hike to Pennant Point, 10 km/6 mi each way, giving you an opportunity to explore the area’s wildlife including bird watching.
This is an 11km hike that starts at the parking lot at Crystal Cresent Beach and continues past 2 other small beaches, (the 3rd beach is the infamous “nude beach”). The hike follows the shore behind the beaches and there is a board walk that stays above the marsh areas and leads to the “Pennant Point Trail” that begins at the end of the 3rd beach.
Once you pass the 3rd beach the trail moves up onto the rocks and wanders along the shoreline for 6 – 8km and then cuts back strait over the peninsula to return to the parking area completing the loop.
The trail along the point offers a spectacular view of the rocky Nova Scotia shoreline and waves crashing against the rocks. The shoreline is very similar to Peggy’s Cove, Polly’s Cove and Duncan Cove hike areas. Because it is part of the Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park there is plenty of parking and washroom facilities near the beaches.
A great coastal hike 45 min from Halifax.
One place I would like to get to soon and combine a shoreline hike with a tour of the Fossil Center and exibits . . .
Located at the head of the Bay of Fundy, the 75-foot high cliffs at Joggins are exposed to constant tidal action and as Fundy’s 50-foot tides erode the cliffs, new fossils are revealed including a rich variety of flora, diverse amphibian fauna, important trackways and some of the world’s first reptiles.
See the Joggins Fossil Centre’s Web Site
Cliff at Loggin’s Beach
A Unesco world heritage site, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs became famous in 1851 with the discovery of fossilized tree trunks found in their original positions. When these trunks were closer examined, tiny bones were noticed which turned out to be one of the most important fossil discoveries in Nova Scotia. These remains were from one of the world’s first reptiles and evidence that land animals had lived during the “Coal Age”. Today the Joggins Fossil Cliffs are recognized in a world-class palaeontological site.
“…the action of the tides of the Bay of Fundy being so destructive as continually to undermine and sweep away the whole face of the cliffs, so that a new crop of fossils is laid open to view every three or four years.”
—Sir Charles Lyell, Travels in America (1845)
Drive down Loggin’s N.S. “Main Street”.
Joggins Fossil Centre
100 Main Street
Joggins NS B0L 1A0
Toll-free — 1.888.932.9766
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.