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Melmerby Beach

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Melmerby Beach is located in Pictou County


Melmerby Beach takes its name from the barque "Melmerby" which sank off the beach on October 12th, 1890 returning from Quebec City. The beach park has always been one of Nova Scotia's busiest. Melmerby Beach was one of the original 15 beaches first supervised by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service in 1973.


Melmerby Beach features two main change houses, showers, flush toilets, outdoor cold water, and abundant parking.

Beach Safety

Melmerby Beach 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 early July to early August, and on occasion rough surf conditions develop strong currents which can make swimming dangerous. The supervised area is marked by two red and yellow flags approximately 200m apart and two red buoys in the water. This area is located directly in front of the first changing area. Lifeguards advise patrons not to enter the sand dunes and to always swim in the supervised area. On days with offshore winds, no inflatables or floatation devices are to be used. Boats and other hard-shell craft are also not permitted in the supervised swimming area.


Take exit 27 off Highway 104 and travel approximately 3 kilometers. Turn right onto Woodburn Road and travel approximately 5 kilometers. Turn right onto Highway 289 and travel approximately 3 kilometers to Melmerby Beach Provincial Park.

Civic Address

6280 Little Harbour Road