Port Maitland Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada

3297 Main Shore Road Port Maitland, Nova Scotia

The light breeze coming from the water is welcomed to cut the humidity. I jam my foot into my flip flop and scrunch my toes up to secure it in place then grab my chair and beach bag and head down the path lined with dune grasses and change rooms. The tide is definitely low but has made its turn and is ever so slowing inching back in.

I choose my spot, drop my bag, pry open my chair and have a seat. The website described this beach as a 1 km sand beach with supervised staff July and August complete with picnic area, change facilities, and a wharf, which is off to the left and a bit unsightly. I spot the lifeguard drowned in suntan lotion with a set of sunglasses snug to her face. She sits under her hat, glued to the chair like she has been there since the start of her employment. I have never been very good at sitting in a chair baking in the sun and within ten minutes, I am making the long saunter down the sand towards the water’s edge. I bring my camera in case I can get a decent shot of the waves cresting.

Yes that darker dot is a man way out there. Below the highest tide line, the sand is permanently saturated and compressed into ripples from the waves. They feel a bit like lumps under my toes as I make my way towards the water. Once I’m ankle deep, I have debate with myself about whether I could actually walk out far enough to duck under. It is cold but not as cold as the The Hawk Beach, Cape Sable Island, I push outward twice then retreat. Even at knee deep depth, incoming waves strike about my hips and I have to consider my camera and whether I should bring it back to my beach bag. I finally give myself an honest answer; I am just not up for a cold soaking today. Back across the ripples for a walk down the beach towards its end. I had read somewhere Port Maitland beach it is considered the finest beach on the Fundy Coast. It is indeed special but New Brunwicker’s would argue New River Beach, is equally impressive.

Into the haze I can just about make out a land mass and I wonder If I am far enough North along the coast that I could be seeing Briar Island and Digby Neck. I pose this question to the lifeguard. “I am not sure,” she says. and goes directly to her phone for the answer. “It is the coast of Maine,” she declares and adds no more.

The daytime humidity has built up some friction in the air. Out over the Bay of Fundy some thunderstorms are brewing, I can hear a low grade boomer and the wind is picking up. At least I got an hour at the beach. I pack up my belongs and head to the truck. Pulling out my old school paper map I can attest It is Maine across the Bay. I have officially left Nova Scotia’s south shore and have begun the Evangeline Trail that parallels the Fundy coast side of Nova Scotia. I will head towards Digby and see what I can find next.

Until then, Happy Travels from Maritime Mac

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  1. I like the beach, it looks so inviting. I’m not up for a cold soaking either, Kelly! Probably a good idea to head back to the truck, if you can hear the boom, you are close enough for a lightning strike. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

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  2. As a youth, cold water never stopped me. In I would go and stay as long as I could get away with it. Those days are a while ago, however. πŸ™‚ Tropical waters seem just about right. Like you, Kelly, I’ve never been one for sitting on a beach. Just maybe if I have a good book and a beach umbrella. Thanks for your continued explorations. –Curt

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    1. yes, I was down the that way last March too. and there was a crazy storm Digby Ferry to Saint John was cancelled I had to drive all the way around the Annapolis on towards around Wentworth Valley. Thank you for commmeting

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