Lawrencetown Beach has a network of boardwalks, as well as change houses and a canteen.
Beaches are more than just strips of sand for sunbathing, surfing or strolling. Beaches and salt marshes are complex and dynamic systems with many interconnected components that merit protection because of their beauty, fragility; and ecological and economic importance. Their
protection means ensuring the entire system is protected including sediment sources and adjacent coastal features like salt marshes.
Migratory shorebirds including the endangered Piping Plover need beaches for breeding, feeding and shelter.
Intensifying development on and adjacent to beaches causes habitat loss and disrupts natural coastal processes and alters the natural system and its functions, making these systems more vulnerable to floods, storm surges, accelerated erosion and sea level rise. Driving and walking
through sand dunes destroys the vegetation and destabilizes the dune system making it more vulnerable to erosion and blowouts.
This is a serious problem along the beach ecosystems of Atlantic Canada. The health of these vital ecosystems is a responsibility we all share.