Having a cottage on the ocean means not having to go anywhere to find a beach. However, I love to explore. Nova Scotia is rich in so many ways and there is certainly no shortage of beaches and types of beaches. This one is only about a half an hour away from where we park ourselves during the summer: Heather Beach.
Heather Beach is surrounded by cottages, and the last part of the drive in is along a well-maintained dirt road through summer residences, but it is an “official” beach. It has parking lot, change houses, washrooms, an outside tap to wash off sand and salt, and on-duty lifeguards. There is a little rocky area along the high tide line, but after that, it is a marvellous red sand beach. Wade, swim, sit, lay, it’s a lovely place to pass time. When the tide is out, it goes out a very long way, meaning that this is a fairly shallow beach much of the time, ideal for children. The waters here are part of the Northumberland Strait, so are much warmer than typical Atlantic waters. Because it’s a supervised beach, it can be crowded on hot summer days by local standards, though if you are from densely populated areas, you’ll find that “busy” still means lots of room.