In 1989, the government of Nova Scotia enacted a new Act of the Legislature known simply as “Beaches Act” (chapter 32, revised statutes) that had two principal aims: to protect Nova Scotia beaches and to ensure that all beaches with water past the “high water line” were public. In other words, the beaches of Nova Scotia belong to everyone. The subtitle of the Act spells out the primary intention clearly: An Act to Preserve and Protect the Beaches of Nova Scotia. It means no individual can outright own a beach in Nova Scotia. This, obviously, includes White Point Beach, situated on the southern shoreline along the Atlantic coast.
White Point Beach is as perfect a vacation beach as they come. Long, sandy, soft waves, buckets of sunshine, safe, and while popular, large enough to accommodate hundreds without feeling crowded. It’s social and friendly, great for catching a tan, going for a dip or enjoying a picnic lunch. But it is located on the grounds of one of Nova Scotia’s most famous resorts, and generally used mainly by guests. Is it still okay for non resort guests to use the beach? According to the Nova Scotia Beaches Act, it is.
People who have never been to Nova Scotia don’t realize how un-red-tape it is. For example, unless there is a dry period in the height of summer, people make small fires on the beaches to cook their meals, toast their marshmallows or just lounge nearby in evenings. No “beach police” bother them. It’s how we go here. Easy and without unneeded rules.
Visitors to White Point Beach are generally of two types: beach-goers and resort guests. The former tend to spend a day here enjoying the beautiful beach. It does not take as many Haligonians as, for example, Queensland Beach, which is just an hour from Halifax, but the majority fall into the second category, resort guests.
White Point Beach Resort occupies hundreds of acres on the shoreline, and is rather like the summer resorts of old, a classic lodge with guest rooms, and a string of cabins (for dog-loving travellers, the cabins are dog-friendly). Because of its vast tract of land straddling the shore, day beach-goers might find it tricky to negotiate getting to the beach, and skirting the resort, but it’s their right to use the beach. Having said that, White Point Beach is so beautiful, you’ll want to stay for more than a day, so book a room or cabin. They fill up quickly in the summer months, so take action now; White Point is open all year and dons special festive accoutrements for the Holiday Season. The beach is a draw all year long, a perfect place for long walks, winter and fall, too.
While rustic, White Point Beach Resort has modernized in recent years after a fire gutted the main building. Now it’s modern rustic, and has all the amenities vacationers want in a beach holiday. The Resort also offers meeting and banquet facilities, and is a favourite for Nova Scotians getting married. It’s all in one place: a beach wedding, a fine banquet hall, and a special room for honeymoons.
There are places of interest nearby, but the Resort is self-contained, and features local seafood and wines on its menu, plus its own golf course. If you hanker for a day trip while you’re staying at White Point Beach Resort, pop into the town of Liverpool, go a little south and visit the incredible Kejimkujic Park Seaside Adjunct (lots of seals at play!), or sip a little wine at Petite Riviere Vineyards. They’re all just “beachy” places to see, and close to White Point Beach.