Designated; Operational (Man. Agreement)
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Large coastal property on Northumberland Strait with beautiful sand beach and important conservation values
Contributes to Province’s goal of protecting 12% of its land base by 2015; unique dune field; one species of bird found at the park is listed as critically imperilled and another two species vulnerable to extirpation or extinction. In addition, two species of vascular plants were listed as imperilled and one species as vulnerable to extirpation or extinction.
Range of local and regional themes including landforms, dune ecology, coastal processes, wildlife
Important in regional tourism infrastructure; just off Ceilidh Trail; one of the region’s nicest beaches, significant tourist attraction; one of few high quality public beaches on west coast of Cape Breton
Front country hiking and walking trails, high quality beach, opportunities for picnicking, cross-country skiing, birding
Vandalism and unauthorized activities on beach and dunes
Federally owned breakwater located at the end of the beach
Adjacent aquaculture leases border property.
Susceptible to coastal processes (storm events with high tide surge or wind driven waves) that cause site erosion