Port Maitland Beach

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Claim to Fame

Port Maitland is on the majestic Bay of Fundy with the highest and lowest tides in the world. A well-kept beach that is part of a Nova Scotia Provincial Park.

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image courtesy of Sue Hutchins
  • Where is it?half an hour by car north of the town of Yarmouth on the western side of Nova Scotia at the confluence of the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic Ocean
  • Coordinates: latitude» 43.9839°
    longitude» -66.1607°
  • Water Type: saltwater
  • Climate: maritime
  • Development: small city with beachfront area
  • Length of Beach: 1.25m/2km
  • Type: sand and pebbles
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The lazy curve that defines Port Maitland Beach is very wide when the Fundy tides are out, and narrower when they are in, blessing the shore with gentle waves. The diversity of the water at this beach makes it perfect for swimming and strolling. With driftwood and shells galore, it’s a beachcomber’s paradise. The quiet of the area makes it a perfect spot to daydream as you listen to the waves, the seagulls and the breeze running through trees and wild rosebushes.

Port Maitland Beach offers excellent amenities (there is camping in the park portion) like picnics areas (in the grassy section), change rooms, public washrooms and drinking water access. Here you will find a ring of rocks surrounding the land-side of the beach, followed by sand that changes from taupe to grey, depending upon how wet it is, speckled with pebbles.

Located on the stretch of Bay of Fundy coastline known as “Acadian Shores”, French is the more common language here, and many of the street and family names are derived from the area’s rich Acadian history.

At the south end of Port Maitland Beach is the wharf, still part of the busy little fishing port. It’s a fine spot to watch the activities of the daily catch, chat with the affable fishermen about their lives and work, or just sit and gaze over the water as the sun dips below the horizon.

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