Hitting the Trail: Crystal Crescent Beach (Nova Scotia, Canada)
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Crystal Crescent Beach (Nova Scotia, Canada)
We discovered Crystal Crescent Beach within a month of moving to Nova Scotia and over the course of our five years in the province we visited many times in all seasons. It quickly became one of our favorite places to hike and explore, with not only the sandy beach but also the rocky coastline and multiple trails leading through a variety of landscapes. Below you will find a collection of photos of the beach from around the year.
Some Things to Know
Habitat: Sandy seashore and rocky coastline mixed with grasses and scrub brush.
Favorite Plant & Animal Life: A variety of sea faring birds can be spotted along the coast, on shore and in the water. In the tide pools barnacles, mussels, sea stars, crabs and other small crustaceans can be found. Many different types of seaweed can be found on the beach and in the tide pools. A wide variety of wild flowers are also abundant along the trails, providing a splash of color in the warmer months.
Special Features: There are three crescent shaped sandy beaches in this park, along with a 6 mile (10 km) hike out to Pennant Point that meanders through a variety of shoreline habitats. The board walk, with high growing grasses and wild raspberries on each side, is a favorite section of the trail for the little ones.
Best Time of Year to Visit: The gates that lead to the parking lot near the beaches are open May through October. If one is willing to hike the short distance from the main road to the beach there is a parking area at the gate for access during the late fall and winter – our favorite times to visit.