Clam Harbour Beach

Clam Harbour Beach
Clam Harbour Beach is located in Halifax County

History

Clam Harbour, a natural sand beach on Nova Scotia's rugged eastern shore, was absorbed by the provincial government in 1977. The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service began supervision of Clam Harbour in 1978 and in 1979, a three storey lifeguard tower was erected to the back of the beach area to provide full and clear surveillance during busy days. In 1980 The Department of Lands and Forests (now the Department Natural Resources) added a full concession and interpretive centre, a 300 car parking lot and board walks. Due to declining populations, supervision of Clam Harbour was reduced to weekends only in 1991, and in 1998, the lifeguard tower was reduced to a one storey storage hut. Despite it's many cutbacks, Clam Harbour continues to draw large populations on the weekends.

Facilities

Clam Harbour's facilities include a large picnic area, male/female flush toilets, male/female change rooms, an interpretive centre, board walks and hiking trails.

Beach Safety

Clam Harbour is generally a very safe beach. It has a very gentle slope and with predictable surf on most days. The hazardous areas include a tidal channel on the right side of the beach that is fed by a large flood plain. The flood plain is filled at high tide. When the tide goes out the flood plain empties through the channel causing a moderate current that can be dangerous for small children and weak swimmers. Another less prominent hazard are the rocks to the left of the beach that become submerged at high tide. The supervised swimming area is marked by two red and yellow flags. This area is usually located in front of the lifeguard hut but may change according to surf conditions and the position of the channel. Clam Harbour is supervised by two lifeguards on weekends only. Clam Harbour tends to experience a high number of foggy days, that affects air and water temperatures. Clam Harbour is generally one of the colder beaches supervised by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service, although, a sunny day and warm water are not uncommon. Clam's surf conditions are usually calm to moderate. The lifeguards advise patrons to swim in the supervised area to avoid the hazards of the channel and rocks. Floatation devices are not permitted on days when the wind is blowing offshore.

Directions

Clam Harbour Beach Park is located 84 kilometres east of Dartmouth off of Route 7.