Know the Tides
West Hants Regional Municipality covers 124,200 hectares of land. Within the Region, the Avon River empties into the Minas Basin where the world's highest tides rise and fall 16 meters (53 feet) along 160 kilometers of shoreline and the banks of tidal rivers.
Thirty kilometers of dykes protect 2,436 hectares of land. This highly productive, rich and diverse natural ecosystem has shaped the environment, the economy and the culture of the West Hants. The effect of the world's highest tides on our shoreline has created dramatic cliffs and the red sandstone and volcanic rock have been worn away to reveal fossils from over 300 million years ago.
To explore this beautiful coastline, it is first critical to Know the Tides for the beach you're visiting. The tide rises and recedes every 12 hours and 25 minutes, so each day the tide times are a little different!
The Rising Tide Shore video sums up just what it's like to live in such a beautiful region with so many wonders near the water. Below are our municipally owned water access points:
- Armstrong Lake Park: 640 Armstrong Lake East Road, Vaughan, NS (non-motorized boating, swimming)
- Fundy Centennial Park (tidal): 1 Avon Street, Hantsport, NS (beach walking/swimming access)
- Falmouth Boat Launch: 2058 Hwy 1, Falmouth, NS (boat launch)
- St. Croix Recreation Site: 54 Ball Park Road, St. Croix, NS (Fishing – stocked pond)
- Bramber Beach (tidal): Bramber, NS (beach walking, fishing?)
- Cheverie Salt Marsh (tidal): 6500 Hwy 215, Cheverie, NS (beach walking, clam digging)
- Kempt Quarry Recreation Site: 6020 Hwy 215, Kempt Shore, NS (swimming, non-motorized boating)
- Hobarts Beach (tidal): 192 Block Wharf Road, Summerville, NS (fishing, boat launch)
- Avondale Wharf & Waterfront (tidal): 15 Belmont Road, Avondale, NS
- Falls Lake Municipal Land: 550 Pioneer Drive, Vaughan, NS (boat launch, swimming access, fishing)