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Check out our list of the best beaches to take your family to in & around Halifax.
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☀️ Ahh summer, the most wonderful time of the year! Halifax really comes alive when the sun is shining, and heading to a beach is a great way to take in those rays amongst the vibrant people in our community. Kids love playing in the waves, building sand castles, and of course, petting the passing puppies. It's a great way to spend a day. Grab your sunscreen, umbrella, water toys, and head off to check out a new spot!
Whether you call this place home, or are here for a visit, this is our list of some the most spectacular Halifax beaches.
17 Herring Cove Rd, Halifax, NS B3N 1P5
Just a short and sweet 5 minute commute from downtown is Chocolate Beach. This beautiful sunny spot is complete with soft sand, shallow shores, and lifeguards are on duty (in the summer).
All things considered, this is a great and safe spot to take the kids this summer!
4348 NS-207, East Lawrencetown, NS
Lawrencetown Beach is one of the most well known beaches in province for reason. This place is absolutely spectacular and is a must-stop on your family's summer to-do list!
If you are interested in watching some world class surfing this is the place to be. With white sand, cool rocks, crazy cliffs, and tons of wildlife this a nature lovers paradise.
158 Beach Rd, Lake Charlotte, NS B0J 1Y0
With its annual sandcastle building competition, shallow tides, warm water, and huge stretch of sandy beach, Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park is another great option to take the kids this summer.
The only negative is the beach is about a 1 hour drive from downtown Halifax. Our suggestion? Pack a picnic lunch, some toys for the car, and some sandcastle equipment. The drive is worth it!
Hwy 3, Halifax, NS B0J 1T0
WOW! This is popular spot indeed.
Queensland Beach has a nice white sandy beach and very easy access to parking (which is great when you are lugging around beach chairs and coolers).
There are always tons of families on the beach, so this is a great place to people watch. Not to mention, on a hot day the water is cool and refreshing, and changing rooms and outhouse facilities are very convenient for beach goers.
Shearwater, NS B0J 3A0
Often overlooked, McNabs Island actually has a beautiful beach on the island very close to downtown ... the only issue is that you need a boat to get there.
The beach is located in area called McNabs Cove and the island provides a great place to camp, or explore the extremely old and historic forts.
We recommend renting a kayaking (or hiring a boat) and packing a picnic lunch to make this beach trip a special event.
West Lawrencetown, NS B2Z 1S5
We love Conrads Beach because it is only a short 25 minute drive from downtown Halifax and is located just before Lawrencetown Beach.
This beach has our favourite sand in the province! Not to mention there is kite and windsurfing nearby, which is sure to keep the kids entertained.
Our only issue with this beach is that parking may be an issue, so be prepared to walk.
Sambro Creek, Nova Scotia
Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park is another fantastic beach in Halifax if your family is looking for long white sand beach(es), a hiking trail, a gorgeous coastline, and views of the Sambro Island Lighthouse (which is the oldest surviving lighthouse in North America).
The beach will take you a little over half an hour to reach by car from downtown.
NS-329, Blandford, NS B0J 1C0
Grab the mini van, some snacks, and some sunscreen, and get ready for a gorgeous drive along scenic Route 329.
Just an hour outside of downtown Halifax is Bayswater Beach. This spot is complete with white sandy beaches, and views of Peggy's Cove in the distance!
5908 Chain Rock Dr, Halifax
Point Pleasure Park is located on the southern tip of the peninsula and is another spot that you must take your children this summer.
The park offers a wide selection of trails, old forts to explore, open picnic areas, and loads of green space. We think this is a perfect spot if you have a dog, or love animals, because we can guarantee there will be tons of pups running around.
2248 Cow Bay Rd, Cow Bay, NS V0R 1N1
Another great place to take the kids this summer is Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park. Since the park is only a half an hour from downtown it gets packed on hot summer days, so make sure you get there early to grab your preferred spot on the beach.
The cove is also very sheltered, so even on a slightly cool windy day this is a perfect place to bask in the sun.
Martinique Beach Rd, Halifax, NS
If you are willing to go for another drive, Martinique Beach Provincial Park is another beautiful beach located just a 1 hour drive from downtown Halifax.
The park has a very long sandy beach, surfing, boardwalks, and tons of free space to play games on the beach or build sandcastles.
We think Martinique Beach Provincial Park is beautiful and totally worth the trip outside of the city.
13 Sailors Memorial Way, Halifax, NS B3H 1B5
Last, but not least is Black Rock Beach. This destination is definitely a different kind of beach. With its small rocky shores (close to the waters edge) the actual shoreline isn't remarkable for lounging around or playing games. However, there is a beautiful big park just steps away and the black rocks provided a perfect backdrop for photographers to capture a cool shot.
Added bonus: there is a lifeguard on duty in the summer for added safety.
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