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Travel Atlantic Provinces

Beaches of Nova Scotia

Discovering the secrets of some of the province's most beautiful beaches

by (author) Allan Billard & Donna Barnett

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
May 2015
Atlantic Provinces, Coastal Regions & Shorelines
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2015
    List Price

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Nova Scotia has a wealth of beautiful beaches, some well known, others hidden and treasured by those who know them. Beaches are incredibly rich in what they reveal about ecological processes and diversity.

As a biologist and naturalist, Allan Billard wanted to share the secrets that often lie in plain sight to those in the know. For this book, he chose 27 of the province's beaches, drawn from every region. Some are well known -- Lawrencetown, Martinique, Melmerby, and Blomidon. Others are well worth knowing. The narrative text, enhanced by photographer Donna Barnetts striking images, focuses on a natural process each beach illustrates, including wetland evolution, formation of a barrier beach, salt ponds, and fish nurseries. The themes span a wide range of interests.

Nova Scotia Beaches will enhance the experience of visiting any beach, but it also showcases the uniqueness of each of the 27 featured in the collection.

This book draws the reader in and, in words and pictures, shows the astonishing and fascinating diversity of Nova Scotia's coastal landscape.


About the authors

Allan Billard is a long-time commentator on resource and fisheries issuses and currently leads the effort to complete the Trans-Canada Trail from Halifax to Truro. Since 1988, he has been involved in the province’s outdoor recreation and tourism industries. He has written extensively on canoeing and canal development in Nova Scotia, including a bestselling guidebook on Nova Scotia Waterfalls. He lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Allan Billard's profile page

Donna Barnett is a photographer and writer specializing in outdoor and natural subjects. She has worked throughout Canada, particularly in the Maritimes and the Arctic. Her work appears frequently in magazines and books; her most recent books include Halifax Regional Municipality and River of Dreams. At present, Donna lives in Van Kleek Hill, Ontario, but maintains a home in Nova Scotia.

Donna Barnett's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"If your interests are in the bird habitat, biology, oceanography, photography and geology vein, this book is right up your alley."

The Chronicle Herald