Crystal Crescent Beach is one of the best-known beaches in the Halifax area. White sand and a sheltered beach park make this area very popular with locals and tourists. We headed there on a lovely summer day and stayed until the fog rolled in.
Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park is situated in Sambro Creek, which is part of the Halifax Metro region. This beautiful beach park, at the mouth of the Halifax Harbour, has three white-sand crescent beaches to enjoy with boardwalks to the first two beaches and two pit-toilet facilities. The park is also the trailhead for a hike to Pennant Point, 10 km/6 mi each way, giving you an opportunity to explore the area’s wildlife including bird watching. I’ve never actually been down this trail myself but have heard it is one of the nicest trails to walk around in Nova Scotia. At certain times of the year, you can find wild blueberries growing and for most of the trail it circles the water.
The main beach at Crystal Crescent is great for everyone but there is an area of the beach which is a clothing optional. The beaches are open during the summer season from May 20 to October 10 each year. The terrain in the area is similar to Peggy’s Cove, extremely rugged granite beauty.
On hot summer days, the beach can get quite crowded earlier on in the day but when we were there, it was busy but we were still able to find a spot far enough away from people that we couldn’t overhear what they were saying or get hit on the head by their soccer or beach volley balls.