Lawrencetown Beach, a south-facing stretch of sand that unfurls for nearly 1.5 km (1 mi), is renowned as a prime destination for local and international surfers. From your first breath-taking view of the beach and the sea as you drive along Route 207 from the hustle and cosmopolitan bustle of downtown Halifax just twenty-five minutes away, you’ll fall under the spell of Lawrencetown.
The beach is characterized by regular surf conditions, fog, and cold water temperatures. Patrons at this popular beach include locals, families and surfers and body-boarders.
Lawrencetown's facilities include:
Lawrencetown Beach is a provincial park and was one of the first beaches in the province to be supervised by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service who have been on duty there since 1973. The lifeguards supervise a 200 metre area situated close to the lifeguard hut and canteen area. The lifeguards open two lifeguard stations on busier days and incorporate regular walk patrols to keep swimmers away from rip and lateral currents, or higher surf areas like the reef.
Beach conditions are recorded daily by lifeguard staff and can be accessed on their website. The site is updated daily in July & August and can be accessed at Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service.
Lawrencetown can experience exceptionally high surf conditions as a result of tropical storms and hurricanes. Lawrencetown's rough conditions can create many currents and rips which can be dangerous for non-confident or weak swimmers. Distressed rescues during high surf days at Lawrencetown are not uncommon.
This beach is a local favourite. Families, couples, hikers, mountain-bikers (loving that great trail system near the beach), and body-boarders share the beach life with the dedicated surf crowd. For nature enthusiasts, Lawrencetown Beach area is home to lots of watchable wildlife.
The beach is also the site of all kinds of activities and events. Surfers gather for contests like the September Storm Classic. Kids of all ages love the Kite Festival with demonstrations, a barbeque, and prizes. Go on an active outing like a guided flora and fauna walk or sign up for the annual Cyclesmith Duathlon that starts at Lawrencetown Beach.
Whatever your interest there are organized events to suit you at Lawrencetown most months of the year. Of course, you are also welcome to just relax and take in the surf and the sand.
Lawrencetown Beach has four entrances for parking. However, only two of these get you to the main parking lot where the pavilion is located. Note that when you approach the beach, there is no access next to the pavilion. You can either take the first entrance and travel along the parking lot to the pavilion, or you can stay on the highway. You will then actually go past the pavilion to the second entrance, which then circles back.
The other two parking places are for:
- Stoney Beach - Stoney Beach is a smaller beach that you access before you reach the tea house. This beach is constantly changing as it is completely covered by water when the tide is in.
- Surfer Beach - Many of the surfers prefer to surf next to the out-cropping made by the hill next to Lawrencetown Beach.