False Harbour Beach

Nova Scotia, Canada

Starfish Rating of 3.5

Claim to Fame

Mistakenly thought to be the much larger (and safer) harbor at Yarmouth, this is the site of many shipwrecks over the past four centuries.

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image courtesy of Sue Hutchins
  • Where is it?the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the seaport town of Yarmouth, near the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Fundy
  • Coordinates: latitude» 43.8069°
    longitude» -66.1583°
  • Water Type: saltwater
  • Climate: maritime
  • Development: developed areas; cottages and permanent homes
  • Length of Beach: .3m/.5km
  • Type: mixed pebbles in various colors, blended with grainy beige sand
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As you enter Cape Forchu Island, passing across the commercial harbor causeway, on a high rocky plateau there is a collection of individual houses, some of those summer cottages, with unique character, and then the road descends and curves to the lower plain. The lower area is lush with vegetation typical of this area, including thousands of thorny rosehip bushes that act as hedgerows.

On the immediate right, at the beginning of the second causeway, is dramatic False Harbour Beach. The name explains it. This is a deep curve out of the Atlantic coast that was, historically, often mistaken for Yarmouth harbor.

Across the causeway is indeed a small harbor, albeit lacking much of a wharf, commonly used to moor fishing vessels that are in need of repair, and this is a wonderful place for classic Nova Scotia boat shots.

On the False Harbour Beach side of the causeway there is a wall of boulders, created to protect the road from flooding and wind erosion (a sand storm on the road makes it impassable), and on the other side of the wall, a pebbly, stunning beach in a horseshoe-shaped inlet, lined with evergreens on the left and scrubland on the right.

There is almost nowhere in the world where such peace can be had, and we have never found another person there when we have visited. This is a small, slightly curved beach with substantial waves, not a spot to swim, but a place to find your soul.

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