Nova Scotia: Queensland Beach

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Canada, Destinations, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 18 comments

Queensland Beach

Queensland Beach, steeped in early morning fog, was the first stop on my wander along Nova Scotia’s South Shore last week. Welcome to week 291 of Travel Photo Thursday. Queensland Beach is one of the closest saltwater beaches to Halifax, and my memories include Saturday afternoons of standing room only, and boom boxes providing the entertainment. The beach may not see the crowds of days gone by, but that hasn’t taken away the beauty. Enjoy my photos of a foggy morning at Queensland Beach. 

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Nova Scotia Beach

I love this photo! Nova Scotia beachgoers are die-hards. That yellow umbrella “knew” that the sun would make an appearance eventually, and I bet that the beach lover on the shore knew that the sun would be breaking through and it would be off with some of those clothes!

Queensland Beach, Nova Scotia

Queensland is a relatively short beach, and when the tide is in the sand disappears.  As you can see by the rock, the tide was low this foggy morning.


Queensland Beach, Nova Scotia


Thinking of getting into the chilly fog-shrouded North Atlantic.


Queensland Beach, Nova Scotia


We have two brave hearts here!


Queensland Beach, Nova Scotia


One takes the plunge! Woo hoo!


Queensland Beach, Nova Scotia


Here we have a point again taken from the other end of the beach. That fog was without a doubt lifting!


Queensland Beach, Nova Scotia


Queensland Beach is a provincial beach, which means that lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. They were around, but with the fog,  low temperature, and few people, they were moving slow.


Queensland Beach, Nova Scotia


In my travels around the world, I am always surprised at how little seaweed I see on the beaches. That’s not the case here in Nova Scotia. You’ll find lots of seaweed on most ocean beaches here in the province. Not that many years ago you would have also seen a lot of driftwood, but sadly, not as common these days.


Queensland Beach, Nova Scotia


I wasn’t a total wuss. I did dip my toes in, and they didn’t turn blue!


Queensland Beach, Nova Scotia


If you’re in Nova Scotia and looking for a white sand ocean beach within 40 minutes of Halifax, Queensland Beach is for you. You’ll need a car to get there.

Queensland Beach used to have a favorite beachfront restaurant, which, unfortunately,  felt the brunt of Hurricane Juan in 2002. However, you will find food trucks on this route, and they’re cash only. An ATM can be hard to find, so be sure to have some money. Trust me on this! I ended up at a food truck only to discover that I was severely short of cash. I had to empty my bag to find three bucks in change. That was enough for a small bag of fries (delicious!)

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  1. Love the photo with the rocks. Glad you had some money for food!!

    • Hi Lydia! I really like that shot too. Yes, there is almost always change in the bottom of my bag!

  2. This reminds me of the water in Ireland, always cold!!

    • Hi Jackie. We sometimes get a week or so in August when it is warm. If you go along the other coast, it is much warmer.

  3. So, the beach lost popularity after the hurricane? Not sure if that is a good things or a bad thing ;0) Anyway, I get an idea of why you like that beach so much. I am not surprised by seeing people taking a dip. I have seen people doing it in Los Angeles’ beaches during winter.

    • Hi Ruth. I’m not sure if the hurricane is the reason or not. Yes, it’s not uncommon to see people in the water here, even if it is cold!

  4. Your foggy beach reminds me of Washington State! I set off on a ferry ride this week in bright sun and within minutes the fog horn was blasting at a few seconds interval. Like your side of the world, we always have faith – and the sun did later appear! Fun photos, Nancie.

    • Hi Jackie! It ended up to be a sunny, blazing hot day and just an hour or so later! Fog is good for the complexion 🙂

  5. I must admit that I always envisage beaches as warm places with cool or refreshing water on a hot day. It is a shame about the beachfront restaurant.

    • Hi Jan. We do get hot beach days, but they are numbered! Actually, within an hour of these shots the fog had burned off, and it ended up to be a blazing hot day! The restaurant had been there forever, so it was a shame.

  6. Well I live in Queensland in Australia and our beaches look nothing like this! Your photos have a retro look about them. Did you purposely add a retro effect to them?

  7. I was very disappointed the first time I went to a beach (in Quebec) and the water was freezing even though it was July. It was a total shock to my system as in Jamaica, the water is warm year round. I still love going to beach – the water is very calming – but when I go here, I just watch the waves.
    The beach I used to visit when I lived in Jamaica has changed now but I have such lovely memories of Sundays and holidays with my cousins splashing in the water, learning – or trying – to learn how to swim, despite the waves. Once when the water got into my mouth, I couldn’t believe how salty it was. Thanks for sharing this post, Nancie. It made me smile as I read it. I could almost feel the sun on my face, even though the people in your photos look cold.

  8. Glad you dipped your feet in the water!

  9. Queensland beach looks a lot like beaches where I grew up in Connecticut. Every time you post about Nova Scotia I want even more to go there! Someday….

  10. Texas beaches have bathtub temperature water. I’m always in shock whenever I try to go in anyplace where it’s remotely cold. I don’t know if I’d be brave enough for Queensland. Good thing that it’s beautiful, and I can occupy my time just looking at things. I especially like those water smoothed rocks.

  11. Lovely beach, Nancy, and I like the fact that it’s uncrowded and looks like a place just to walk and enjoy the beauty of the place. We lived in Montana for years and I can remember the bone-aching chill of the water: blue toes and feet! It always amazes me that a few brave souls actually get into the water!

  12. I really really love Queensland beach. I go there every time I am home. It’s so quiet too! (Compared to other beaches I’ve been to.)

  13. SO I’m too late to join you this week, but my photo linky party stays open all week long, and I’d love to have you join [email protected]

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