Town of Amherst trails

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Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary

More than 200 bird species have been observed at Amherst Point, which is a regular nesting site for regionally rare varieties such as Gadwall, Redhead, Ruddy duck, Virginia rail, Common gallinule, and Black tern. Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary's 1,000 acres of forest and trails are adjacent to the 1,480 acre John Lusby Marsh. Together, they make up the Chignecto National Wildlife Area.

A surprising variety of habitat live within the sanctuary, and 66% of its area is open water, marsh, and bogs, or controlled water-level impoundments, an environment ideal for waterfowl. The enclosed wetlands, specifically the impoundments created by the dikes and sluices built by Ducks Unlimited in the 1970s, are among the best waterfowl breeding grounds in Nova Scotia.

Visitor tip: "Bring bird seed and sit at the bench just after the entrance. They land on your hand and eat from it." Check out more reviews and photos on Tripadvisor.

Directions: The sanctuary is about 6 km from downtown Amherst, and it takes less than 10 minutes to get there. Travel west on Victoria Street (Highway 6) and continue for 2.8 km on Southampton Road, once you cross over the TransCanada Highway.

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 Amherst Shore Provincial Park

On the shore of the Northumberland Strait, Amherst Shore Provincial Park offers an attractive mixed woodland setting for camping. The park offers trail walking, swimming or beachcombing. This park, like others along this coast, offers some of the warmest saltwater swimming north of the Carolinas.

6596 Highway #366, NS

Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

At Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, towering 185-meter (600-foot) cliffs rise from the Bay of Fundy while the world’s highest tides lap at their base. Cape Chignecto is a 4,200-hectare natural environment park on a dramatic coastal peninsula. The park features 29 kilometres (18 miles) of pristine coastline, some of Nova Scotia’s most significant geological features, deep valleys, sheltered coves, rare plants, remnant old growth forest, scenic views, and a rich cultural heritage. We offer wilderness camping in secluded coves and ravines, while a spectacular coastal hiking trail leads visitors along high cliffs and deep valleys. Because Cape Chignecto is a wilderness hiking park, there are no drive-up camping sites.

1108 West Advocate Road, NS

Eatonville Day Use Area

Cape Chignecto Provincial Park’s new Eatonville Day Use area provides visitors of all ages with two user-friendly trail systems and an entire day of relaxation and outdoor enjoyment. There’s no rugged backcountry hiking required to reach some of the finest scenery in North America.

Eatonville, NS

Five Islands Provincial Park

Rising majestically from the shores of the Bay of Fundy, Five Islands Provincial Park is one of Nova Scotia's premiere outdoor destinations. The park features 90 metre (300 ft.) sea cliffs overlooking the world's highest tides, a spectacular setting for camping or any of the many opportunities that abound for hiking, beachcombing, rock collecting, clam digging, and ocean kayaking.

618 Bentley Road, Hwy 2, Five Islands, NS

Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site

Situated at the head of the Bay of Fundy on the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland stands at a crossroads of natural and cultural history. The site is an excellent venue to view a heritage landscape of great importance to Canadian history.

111 Fort Beausejour Road, Aulac, NB

Fox Harbour Provincial Park

The park offers a small picnic beach park on the shore of Fox Harbour with a sandy beach and warm water. Change rooms are also available.

865 Fox Harbour South Road, Fox Harbour, NS

Fundy Geological Museum

The Fundy Geological Museum is the world centre for experiencing geological history interpreted from the unique features of Nova Scotia's fundy region. Established in December 1993. The Fundy Geological Museum an exhibition gallery, lab space, a multi-purpose room, gift shop and administration offices.

The Fundy Geological Museum draws visitors from around the world. In our galleries, an ancient Nova Scotia is revealed. Come see what this province was like 200 million year ago, when the dinosaurs roamed. View our diverse collections of local minerals.

Pay us a visit and stay for awhile. Discover our beautiful region along the Bay of Fundy’s northern shore, where you can connect with an ancient past and discover a spectacular present, complete with the world’s highest tides, breath-taking vistas and opportunities for active outdoor adventure.

162 Two Islands Road, Parrsboro, NS

Gulf Shore Provincial Park

Gulf Shore Provincial Park is beautiful picnic park on a hilltop overlooking Northumberland Strait. It offers tables, some shelters and a sandy beach with warm water

1033 Gulf Shore Road, Upper Gulf Shore, NS

Heather Beach Provincial Park

An excellent supervised beach, it is crowded on weekends during good weather.

700 Heather Beach Road, East Lindon, NS

Joggins Fossil Centre

Located on the upper Bay of Fundy, home of the world's highest tides, is Joggins, Nova Scotia. This beautiful seaside community is perched above the famous Joggins Fossil Cliffs.

For more than a century, scientists have studied the cliffs and visitors from around the world have come to explore. The coastal cliffs reveal the most complete fossil record of life during Earth's "Coal Age", 300 million years ago. It is truly a site of universal value, the only place on Earth where visitors can view these rare fossils of plants and animals preserved in the place where they lived.

Constant erosion from the Fundy tides, rising and falling 15 metres (47 feet) twice daily, creates possibilities for exposing new fossils. With careful observation visitors may find fossils on the beach that have fallen from the cliff, or view the spectacular sandstone layers that entomb ancestors of the first dinosaurs. It is all here, at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, waiting to be discovered.

100 Main Street, Joggins, NS

Newville Lake Provincial Park

The park is a small picnic site under softwood trees along the shore of Newville Lake

HWY#209, Halfway River, NS

Northport Beach Provincial Park

Northport Beach is a red sandy beach accessible by stairs. It has warm water and the gentle tide and at low tide, sandbars trap pools of warm water for wading.

7722 Highway # 366, Northport

Shinimicas Provincial Park

A small picnic park located under stately Elms along the banks of the Shinimicas River

5252 Highway # 6, Shinimicas, NS

Tidnish Dock Provincial Park

The park marks the eastern terminus of the historic Chignecto Marine Transport Railway - one of Nova Scotia's most ambitious engineering projects. The project called for the construction of a 17 mile (28 km) long double-tracked railway from Fort Lawrence on the Bay of Fundy, across the isthmus to Tidnish Dock on the Northumberland Strait. Vessels were to be floated over huge wheeled cradles, which would be lifted by hydraulic presses to the level of the railway. The vessels would then be hauled across the isthmus where, on the other side, vessel and cradle would be lowered into the water until the vessel floated free.

919 Tidnish Head Road, Tidnish, NS

Wentworth Provincial Park

Wentwoth is a day use picnic park with scenic views.

14160 Highway # 4, Wentworth, NS