Best sand beach for beach walks — Martinique

martinique_6208. provincial park, Nova Scotia

What an excellent day at the beach.  Imagine – the last weekend in September and the weather on the eastern shore was sunny and warm – also really windy, so I was glad I’d brought my fleece.  Lots of people had the same good idea 🙂 – almost all of the parking spots were full.  Across the boardwalk and below the dunes we ate our sandwiches (my partner makes the best!) as the tide fell and then we set off for our walk.

Martinique is one of the best sand beaches in Nova Scotia for a beach walk.  Today we watched the shore birds running and fluttering in and out of the waves – always just a few feet ahead.

Far up the beach were piles of seaweed – all kinds.  We found some of the green invasive, Codium  fragile.  It looks like a finger sponge, but it’s not.

Codium fragile

DFO’s website suggests reporting this species (at least the French website does – not the English!), but really there is an awful lot of this around, probably not worth reporting anymore.

Imagine you are looking through binoculars to see the sweep of the beach.

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Check other posts about Martinique Beach.

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Snowy Owl at the beach

bird of prey

Sometimes, you just wish you had a better camera!  Yesterday at Lawrencetown Beach we were lucky enough to see a snowy owl.  We spotted the white bird at a bit of a distance as it flew over the waves, and then flew over us!  The walk in the cold, cold wind over the cobbles was definitely worth it Sunday.

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On the winter beach, cobbles have virtually swallowed the stairs leading from the parking lot to the shore (crossing the dune). We walk frequently at Lawrencetown Beach.  It is close to Halifax and is an excellent hour plus walk on a cobble stone beach.

Keji Seaside – in the wind

Kejimkujik National Park - Seaside

Excellent day hiking at Kejimkujik Seaside.  We walked the trail counter clock-wise out around Port Joli Head and that direction was a most excellent choice because the wind was really blowing!  Gusts up to 50 k (at a guess) and it was cold!  But with the wind at our backs, the ground frozen and the sun shining we had a first rate day.

To start we headed into the wind across a large wetland/bog typical of this coastal area.  The spruce are scrubby and often low and spreading under the influence of the constant wind.

Nova Scotia shoreline spruce

Generally the path is in very good condition with gravel, and boardwalk. In a some sections of the trail is beaten dirt. We were fortunate that the temperature was below freezing so the ground was frozen is these places, since it can sometimes be soft and mucky.

Kejimkujik Seaside, trail

Other posts about Kejimkujik Seaside can be found in 2009 and 2011 under shoreline or search Keji.  The general map has directions.

Tiny jellyfish at Martinique Beach

Martinique Beach

A sea gooseberry is not a jellyfish – title above not withstanding! But they really do look like jellyfish.

sea gooseberry at Martinique Beach provincial park. Nova Scotia. Jan 2014

beach find

Recently we were walking at the beach and there were these amazing little beasties, the size of dimes to quarters, that looked like droplets of water on the sand.  They were scattered across the sand in strung out lines revealing where waves had washed and retreated. A short internet search turned up this excellent video of these sea gooseberries.

There are always neat things to see at the beach and Martinique Beach provincial park and it is such a great walking beach  – highly recommended.

Crystal Crescent Beach’s fall colours

Crystal Crescent BeachA beautiful fall weekend and beautiful fall colours in shades of orange and brown accented by a blue ocean and green spruce.  Crystal Crescent Beach is one of my favorites (and for many Haligonians too!). We didn’t make it out to the point, since we started late in the day and stopped frequently to admire the view, and snap pictures.  The sun was brilliant on the ferns and the fields were painted in sweeps of golden browns and orange browns.

Check out this post for more info on the trail itself and this one for more.

Crystal Crescent, fall colours, Sept, 2013.crystal crescent beach - fall colours

Blue Beach Fossils

Blue Beach, Bay of Fundy

Blue Beach is a fabulous place to find fossils.  We had a grand day at this beach on a recent Saturday – low tide, distant rain, warmth – what more could we have asked?  Sometimes there are places you go for fossils, but the fossils are hard to find.  Here, at Blue Beach, there are fossils everywhere on the beach – above the tide line.  Of course most of the fossils are worms tracks*, but still! My nieces were with us and it was thrilling for them to find real fossils.

fossil burrowsBlue Beach fossilBlue Beach fossil plant

Blue Beach is located on the Avon River close the the Bay of Fundy.  Lots of that Bay of Fundy mud to explore.  By the end of our wander along the beach we (all the women/girls) had taken off our boots and sneakers and squished our toes in the mud; there is nothing like it.

This beach is not hard to find, but does require directions.  Check out my Nova Scotia map or the website for the Blue Beach Museum. The beach is an easy hour drive from Halifax into the Annapolis Valley.

IMPORTANT: Take pictures of your fossil finds because → Fossils in Nova Scotia belong to the province and are protected by the Special Places Protection Act.  You must have a permit to dig or collect fossils.

* Actually these long wiggly tubes are the remnants of silt filled burrows that may have been made by creatures that are like worms, but are not necessarily worms; but the term worm tracks is just so much more evocative and easier.

Nova Scotia Beaches

sandy beach in Nova Scotia Canada

It is pouring rain today, so here is a bit about sunshine beaches in Nova Scotia.  Living close (at least closer than two years ago) to the ocean is one of life’s pleasures, as is being able to walk on the beach; and any type of beach – sandy, rocky, cobbles, covered in seaweed, or squishy mud – will do.

Last weekend was a beach weekend, four in two days.  Kejimkujik National Park – Seaside was one and two others were:  Carters Beach and Summerville Beach provincial park.  These beaches are easy to find and have parking too.

sandy nova scotian beach

A friend recommended Carters Beach as the place to find sand dollars.  And indeed, we did find more than the usual number.  Carters Beach is actually a series of three beaches.  We only walked the first; a stream separated us from the next two.  Access to the beach was down a rocky bank, not for everyone, but the beach is lovely and sandy.

Summerville Beach provincial park is a marvelous sandy beach. It is very close to the road and access is easy since as a provincial park there is a boardwalk and stairs to the beach.   Down-loadable coordinates for all provincial parks can be found here. And if you would like to share your experience NSbeaches.com is the place.

Across hikesilike the best way to find beaches is to use the tag shoreline since I began posting by including the shorelines of streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and the Bay of Fundy as well as the ocean beaches of Nova Scotia.