Like many of Nova Scotia’s most “post card” white, sandy beaches, Rissers Beach is located on the south shore (Atlantic coast), but unlike its nearby sister beach, Carter’s Beach, Rissers Beach Nova Scotia is a designated Provincial Park, giving it perks that beaches not managed by the province do not deliver.

What does Rissers Beach offer? Beside a 1.5 km-long tract of beautiful sandy beach, calm waves, seashells (can you find an intact sand dollar?), and great swimming, it’s Provincial Park status means it also has:

  • picnic tables, fire grills, wood and ice
  • ample parking for beach-goers and campers
  • a canteen
  • a disposal station and dishwashing facility
  • well maintained public washrooms
  • changing houses with private showers
  • camping facilities (two campgrounds, some with sites in the shade)
  • electric hook-ups
  • supervised beach during July and August with lifeguards on duty
  • an interpretation centre
  • playground and hiking trails

Rissers Beach Provincial Park is in close proximity to several attractions and places of interest. It is near the historic town of Lunenburg, which makes for a terrific day of shopping, gallery-going, and dining. Be sure to stop at the waterfront Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and hop on the world-famous schooner, Bluenose II if she is in dock (if not, just across the street from her sloop is the official Bluenose Company Store). Also check out the Wile Casting Mill, Fort Point Museum and the Des Brisay Museum.

Even better, take a side trip to the incredible The Ovens Natural Park. Here the cliffs reveal the sea-caves created over thousands of years. Located right at the mouth of Lunenburg Bay, besides stellar scenery, it offers paths and walking trails, most of which lead to a lovely licensed restaurant. There are seaside cabins and camping here, so you might want to stay the night before heading back to Rissers Beach in Nova Scotia. So many options in such a condensed area!

Being orderly, clean and well managed, Rissers Beach, Nova Scotia, is a perfect locale for a family beach vacation, safe and friendly. The washroom facilities were recently upgraded, and are modern and efficient. If you plan to camp, be certain to make reservations in advance; your odds of finding an available spot on a drop-in basis are low. This is a popular spot! And for good reason… Rissers accepts leashed pets (be a good visitor and clean up poop!) and you can pay for your stay with all major credit cards. Camp, kayak, swim, hike or just laze around in the sunshine. Rissers has it all.

Planning and executing a vacation stay at Rissers Beach campground enables visitors to this bucolic shoreline to have all the amenities they need at home base, and with the ability to visit nearby attractions, as well as local Carter’s Beach. It is often cited as being like the Caribbean, with its three connected crescent beaches, white sand and turquoise waters, but parking is limited (get there early for your day trip to the beach) and there are no washroom facilities; unlike Rissers Beach Provincial Park, which covers all campers’ needs. However, Carter’s Beach is very much worth a visit while you’re in the area enjoying beautiful Nova Scotia beaches.

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