Cape Blomidon Beach

Nova Scotia, Canada

Starfish Rating of 4

Claim to Fame

The sheer red cliffs can be seen from far, far away and at sunrise or sunset appear to be on fire.

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image courtesy of Cat Delaney
  • Where is it?on the Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin in the north central sector of Nova Scotia, east end of the Annapolis Valley, about 1 hour from Halifax by car, on the southeast edge of the Blomidon Peninsula
  • Coordinates: latitude» 45.2271°
    longitude» -64.3562°
  • Water Type: saltwater
  • Climate: maritime
  • Development: natural area, part of Provincial Park
  • Length of Beach: .6m/1km
  • Type: red sand
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Part of the spectacular, natural Blomidon Provincial Park, Cape Blomidon Beach has a false sense of comfort and security with its sunny southern exposure and warm red cliffs that rise 109 yards (100 meters) to the north and shelter the beach. This is one of the most dangerous beaches in Nova Scotia; lives have been lost here, so sudden and high are the tides.

Nonetheless, Cape Blomidon Beach has a magic to it that draws visitors, local and “from away” (Nova Scotia vernacular for, “you were not born here”), and the risks are outweighed by the stunning color, the sea and the serenity.

The red cliffs form part of the North Mountain Range of the Annapolis Valley, and are a sight to behold from various parts of the valley, including the town of Wolfville and Evangeline Beach, which sits on the Grand Pré lands of the Acadians, and the main route into the Valley from Halifax, Highway 101. Many a gasp has been uttered as a car rounded the bend, revealing this majestic view.

Accessible by a set of stairs, Cape Blomidon Beach sits at the foot of the red cliffs; a narrow waterfall teems down the façade when even a little rain has fallen in the region. This is a beach for paddling and beach-combining, strolling and sketching or painting. Blomidon is short for “blow me down” and one look says it all.

See additional Annapolis Valley Beaches.

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