A wonderful part of living in Nova Scotia is that you don’t have to drive far to visit beautiful and unique locales. Burntcoat Head Park (aka Burncoat), is a must visit for families visiting the area. Exploring the ocean floor, with its pools of sea-dwellers, caves, and glorious red mud is enjoyable for every age.
Open from June until Mid-September, Burntcoat Head Park gives you safe and easy access to one of the best spots to walk the ocean floor in the Bay of Fundy’s Cobequid Bay.
Burntcoat Head Park is home of the world`s highest recorded tides. 160 billion tones of water flow daily into the basin every 13 hours which is more than the combined flow of the world’s freshwater rivers!Discover small species of ocean life in pools of ocean water left behind when the tides are out and walk for miles on the ocean floor.On site is a beautiful lighthouse and 3-acre park. You will also find, walking trails and a scenic view of the Cobequid Bay offering spectacular sunset displays in the evening.
Approximately an hour and a bit outside of Halifax, it’s a lovely drive no matter which route you take. Although I highly recommend taking the route along the water at least once and making a stop in the historic ship-building community of Maitland, and if your timing is right, catching a glimpse of the tidal bore as the water enters the Shubenacadie River. Before you plan your trip though, check the tide tables or you could show up at high tide and be outta luck.
If you can get through an entire visit without singing ‘Under the Sea’ in your best Sebastian the Crab voice, I applaud you.