Some of the most beautiful, natural coastline in Nova Scotia is found within the Municipality of the District of Shelburne (MDS). From the warm estuarine waters of Louis Head to the wild, open coastline of Black Point, an array of dynamic coastal ecosystems provide habitat for plants, birds and other wildlife. Residents and visitors are drawn to our sandy beaches for a wide range of activities including walking, kayaking, photography, bird watching and simply spending time in nature. Several MDS beaches are particularly special as they provide critical nesting habitat for endangered Piping Plover and are important stopover sites for migrating shorebirds during late summer and fall.

Healthy Beaches for People and Wildlife

‘Sharing the Beach’ is an important principle of the MDS beach stewardship initiative. We appreciate the multiple ways residents and visitors value our beaches while also recognizing the importance of thriving plant and wildlife populations, including species at risk. To balance the needs of beach users with those of plants and wildlife, the MDS encourages the wise stewardship of our beaches.

We can all help share the beach by:

  • respecting signs and signed areas marking sensitive habitat
  • using designated access points
  • keeping motorized vehicles away
  • keeping pets leashed, and
  • leaving only footprints – taking trash out.

View our pdf beach brochure (2.62 MB) for a list and description of our amazing beaches.

Roseway Beach Sign

A 'Healthy Beaches for People and Wildlife' sign (see below) has been posted at both Roseway Beach and Louis Head Beach as a reminder to users of the important 'Sharing the Beach' principle.


Healthy Beaches and Dunes for Tomorrow: A Stewardship Guide for Nova Scotia Landowners
NS Piping Plover Conservation Program
Piping Plover Conservation in Nova Scotia Facebook
South Shore Important Bird Area (IBA Canada)
IBA Port Joli Sector
IBA Roseway to Baccaro Sector
Nova Scotia Nature Trust
Nature Conservancy of Canada, Nova Scotia