Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park

#11 in Best Things To Do in Halifax
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Key Info

220 Sambro Creek Rd.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Beaches, Hiking, Recreation, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.6

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  • 5.0Value
  • 1.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Less than an hour by car from downtown Halifax, Crystal Crescent Beach offers an outdoor respite from the busy city. Here, you'll find three white sand beaches, a 6-mile hiking trail and ample opportunities to view wildlife. In the distance, you can see the Sambro Island Lighthouse, which was built in 1759.

Recent visitors praised the beauty of the beach and the clear waters. They also noted that one of the beaches welcomes nude bathing.  

The park is located south of Halifax, so you'll need a car to get there. Latrines are available on-site, but there are no other amenities. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, visit the park's website.

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