False Harbour Beach, at the foot of the Cape Cottage, is undeniably one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. But if you’d like to spend a day or two beach-hopping, there are at least 10 lovely beaches within a 45 minute radius.

Be prepared… the water temperature is “bracing,” however you’ll feel like a million bucks when you come dashing out. It’s an invigorating experience to wade in the surf,  try body-surfing or kneeboarding then soak up the sun on the shore.


If you’re counting on a wide expanse of sand when you arrive, it’s always best to check the tide before you make plans for the day. It changes from low to high, slowly, over a span of six hours and vice versa. The change can be dramatic and in some cases, high tide doesn’t leave too much room to walk on the beach.

Here’s a link to current tide times, as well as sunrise and sunset times.

This Google Map highlights the 10 beaches in the area. Click on the picture for each beach for more information.

The Municipality of Barringon also has some spectacular beaches. It’s just 40 minutes from Yarmouth on Hwy 103, or take the picturesque route Hwy 3 part way, accessed at West Pubnico Exit 31. Proceed about one km and turn left by Petro Canada garage.

You’ll drive through East Pubnico and see the wind turbine farm to your right across the harbour. The route also goes through Woods Harbour and Shag Harbour where the Shag Harbour Incident Interpretive Centre chronicles the sighting of a UFO which crashed into the waters of Shag Harbour in 1967, leaving no trace other than yellow foam.

True story!