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The Hawk Beach

The Drowned Forest

Record #: TOB0348
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2021
Last Full Update: 28 Oct 2021


Located In Cape Sable Island
Where To Find Us
Hawk Rd
Cape Sable Island, NS
Areas Served Shelburne County ; South Shore Region


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Contact Misty James, Recreation Director; Phone: 902-637-2015 ext 239; Email:
Alternate Contact Joel d'Entremont, Physical Activity Coordinator; Phone: 902-637-2015 ext 237; Email:
Mailing Address c/o Barrington Recreation Centre 
PO Box 100 
Barrington, NS B0W 1E0
Fax 902-637-2598

Description & Services

The Hawk, Cape Sable Island, NS. The Hawk Beach is located on the most southerly tip of Nova Scotia. Walk this white sandy beach and explore the 1500 year old drowned forest; a broad area of three stumps still rooted in the original soil. Exposed at low tide.  
A great birding destination as it is part of the Cape Sable Important Bird Area which makes it one of the best birding areas in Nova Scotia. 
From the beach you can view the Cape Sable Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Nova Scotia, standing at 101 feet tall. 
Bathroom on site during the summer months. 
Explore at own risk. 
Directions: Drive on Highway 330 and turn on Hawk Point Rd and then turn on New Rd, which is where the parking lot will be located. The sandy beach will be on your left, and the drown forest, and the lighthouse will be on your right.