Coastal Access East Side of the Bay - Page Two
Paddy’s Head is a site for scuba diving. Take the Paddy’s Head Road off the Peggys Cove Road (Route 333), and drive to the little white bridge. Parking is on a crushed rock flat area to the left of the community mailboxes. The small sandy beach is just 10m from the vehicles. There is ample parking for 5 or 6 vehicles.
The marine ecosystem is sensitive so act accordingly. Swimming is possible though the water may be quite frigid. There are no public facilities.
Further along the shore, you discover a ecologically rich saltmarsh and pond, rocky intertidal habitats rich in marine life, and coastal forests where you’ll likely hear a lively chorus of songbirds or catch a glimpse of the resident ospreys.
Unlike so many of our coastal islands, nature has been mostly left unimpeded on Troop Island, offering a unique outdoor classroom and opportunity to understand and to study coastal dynamics and climate change.
The are no toilets on Troop Island, campfires are forbidden and there is no Hunting. Please clean up and take away your garbage with you or any you spot on the beach or elsewhere.
Troop Island was purchased through a joint fundraising campaign by the St. Margaret's Stewardship Association and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. As those who have visited Troop Island well know, Troop is a truly incredible and ecologically
unique place. It is only accessible by boat or kayak.
Wandering inland from the charming sand beach, you enter a new and unexpected world. Lush mossy ground gives way to a cathedral of towering centuries old American Beech, Yellow Birch, and White
and Red Spruce trees. The island is one of only a few remaining places in the entire province providing refuge for Acadian hardwood forest.
The right of fishing gives the general public the right to fish in all tidal waters up to the point where the tide ebbs and flows. This right must also be carried out reasonably, with regard to other people’s rights including the public right to navigation. This means that if you can get to the water’s edge you can fish from land. You do not need a license to fish in tidal or salt water in Nova Scotia. However, you must respect Canadian federal fishing seasons and bag limits.
There are places along the highways which skirt the shore of St. Margaret’s Bay where there is no private land so any adjacent land is considered “Crown” land
and is therefore accessible. This is the situation along Highway 333 in the area of French Village and Seabright and is popular with fishermen. Parking can be tricky so by all means find a place to pull over where it is safe. The same advice goes for other such spots around the Bay.
Micou's Island is a 22 acre tidal island located at the end of the Indian Point Road. The island is accessible by a sandbar at low tide and has become a very popular beach during summer months.
In 2007 the island was purchased through a community fundraising campaign and is now being cared for jointly by Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and the St. Margaret's Bay Stewardship Association.
The island is also known as Big Indian Island, named together with Little Indian Island (a smaller tidal island next to Micou's) and Indian Point peninsula because of arrowheads that have been found there in the past, suggesting that this was once a Mi'kmaq summer camping ground.
Micou's has a carefully restored historic cottage on it for the use of “stewards”, along with a beach wetland and forest with trails. It has a sensitive ecology so be mindful of this. It is used frequently by hikers, divers, kayakers, boaters and youth education groups such as local schools.
No Hunting. Pets should be on a leash. Garbage disposal is available. No Toilet