12 Percent - Parks and Protected Areas System Plan Consultation

Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park




183.22 Hectares


Outdoor Recreation


Designated; Operational

Location NS Atlas

69 W 1

Managed As

Core Park

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Picnicking, walking, cross-country skiing, community picnics

Protection Values

Regionally significant opportunity to protect natural elements including headlands and saltmarsh, dune system and beach; protects First Nations archaeological sites.  One species of bird found within the park has been identified as being critically imperiled

Education Values

Regionally significant opportunities for interpretation of coastal processes, habitats, cultural history

Tourism Values

Regionally significant tourism attraction and popular day use park for both resident and out-of-province visitors; offers hiking, supervised swimming, picnicking; sand castle competition attracts 10,000 +. Easily accessible for day trip from core HRM

Outdoor Recreation Values

Supervised swimming, picnicking, walking trail, carry-in boat opportunity

Annual Visitation

High visitation numbers especially on warm sunny days during peak park season.

Operating Cost


Other Site Considerations

Susceptible to coastal processes (storm events with high tide surge or wind driven waves) that cause site erosion.

Mature Spruce trees may require ecological restoration program to remove dead and dying trees in areas of public use to re-establish a more suitable forest cover

Limited landbase to accommodate high use events.