Discover The White Sand of the Green Bay Coastline

Lunenburg County is home to some of the finest beaches along the South Shore of Nova Scotia.  You can easily discover accessible white sand beaches which dot the coastline from one end of Lunenburg County to the other.

Beginning in Voglers Cove, Highway 331 not only provides a picturesque drive along the scenic South Shore, it’s the main route for finding beaches and water access.

Voglers Cove Marine Park – The newly developed Voglers Cove Marine Park off Route 331 provides a spectacular view of the cove.  In the past year a grassy field, gazebo and picnic tables have been added.  And, if you’re lucky, you can catch fisherman going about their daily activities at the adjacent Voglers Cove East Wharf.

Cherry Hill Beach – This is one of the best kept secrets of the South Shore.  Its access point is unmarked but can be easily found by turning onto Henry Conrad Road near the United Communities Fire Hall, 7987 Highway 331.  The road is about a kilometer long.  Locals know this beach as a stunning piece of the world but with so many other popular beaches close by few seek out Cherry Hill Beach.   When using this beach, use with caution.  Cherry Hill Beach is one of the last piping plover nesting grounds in Lunenburg County so give the nesting birds a wide berth, keep dogs on leashes at all times.  On a side note…it is one of my favorites for taking a walk with my dog (on a leash of course)!

Broad Cove BeachThis shoreline community of Broad Cove boasts a beautiful little beach just minutes from Highway 331.  Turn onto Beach Road.  It will take you to the sandy beach to enjoy the quiet surf.  The surf tends to be calm in this area because of the breakwaters that were installed to protect the cove.  For those who are a little more adventurous, you can hike along Bear Trap Road all the way to Green Bay.  The initial part of the road is accessible.  Once it becomes a path it will lead you beside numerous little sandy beaches and small sparkling coves where you can watch seabirds and the waves crash all along the shoreline.  The path is accessible by foot but there are a few rough spots.  The walk to Green Bay and back should take about four hours or more.

Green Bay Beach – If you prefer to drive to Green Bay, it is not hard to find and only about eight kilometers from Broad Cove.  From Highway 331, turn right onto Drew’s Hill Road and that will lead you to Green Bay Road.  This road will take you beside Green Bay Beach.

Rissers Beach Provincial Park – This is undeniably one of the most populated beaches on Highway 331 because of Rissers Beach Provincial Park.  Its one-kilometre white sand beach has every amenity families seek for a sunny summer day at the beach.  It has lifeguards on duty during the tourist season, a canteen and washroom facilities, including showers.  Other features include an interpretation centre and boardwalk along an inland marsh.

Crescent Beach – Just down the road from Rissers Beach is Crescent Beach.  It’s the area widely used by locals all year long and is the preferred destination of many for evening beach walks.  You can park beside the crescent-shaped beach entrance and walk the two-kilometre white sandy shore that connects Georges Island, the first of the LaHave Islands, to the mainland.

Bush Island – Behind the sand dunes of Crescent Beach, a paved road exists that will take you to the LaHave Islands – Georges Island, Bush Island, Jenkins Island, Bell Island and Cape LaHave Island.  Although it’s a scenic drive from one island to another, if you’re just looking for a little used public beach, look no further than at the end of the Bush Island Road.  In addition to a sandy beach, a boat launch provides direct access to the water.  If you are a kayaker, I can tell you from personal experience, the LaHave Islands provide a fantastic day of kayaking.

LaHave – There is one more saltwater spot along the coast before a tour along Highway 331 can be complete.  Fort Point Museum in LaHave has a nearly one kilometer beach that is ever changing and worth a visit.  The quiet and secluded beach changes depending on storm activity.  Used by generations of locals, it can go from sandy to rocky three or four times during the summer.  It is best to visit the beach at low tide when your can walk along the water’s edge until it reaches the 331.

 

Taken from Waterscapes, Lighthouse Media Group