Melmerby Beach is located in Pictou County
Melmerby takes its name from the barque "Melmerby" which sank off the beach on October 12th, 1890 on route to Quebec City. Fifteen of a twenty person crew perished despite the efforts of locals who formed a human chain and used a boat to rescue the other six crew members. The beach park has always been one of Nova Scotia's busiest. Melmerby was one of the original 15 beaches first supervised by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service in 1973.
Melmerby's facilities feature two main change houses which are approximately 400m apart, a canteen, showers, flush toilets, and abundant parking.
Melmerby is generally a very safe beach. Hazardous areas of the beach include the fragile sand dunes that house Nova Scotia's most potent poison ivy. Other hazards include jelly fish which are prominent from the middle of July to early August and on occasion rough surf conditions which develop strong currents which can make swimming dangerous.
The supervised area is marked by two red and yellow flags approximately 250m apart and two red buoys in the water. This area is located directly in front of the canteen and changing area.
The lifeguards advise patrons not to enter the sand dunes and to always swim in the supervised area. On days with offshore winds lifeguards ask that no inflatables or floatation devices be used. Boats and other hard-shell craft are also not permitted in the supervised swimming area.
Take exit 27A off Highway 104 and travel approximately 3 kilometers. Turn right onto Woodburn Road and travel approximately 5 kilometers. Turn right onto Highway 348 and travel approximately 3 kilometers to Melmerby Beach Provincial Park.