The Cole Harbour/Lawrencetown Coastal Heritage Park System includes the former rail bed and beaches which is governed by the Parks Act and Regulations.
The theme of this park is to protect and preserve the landscape and wildlife and their habitats while being accessible to the public. The dune grass, plant life and nesting areas are all very sensitive and need protection. We want our coastal community to remain beautiful for future generations.
Motorized vehicle and equestrian use is not permitted on the trail and beach areas. This includes ATV’s, motorbikes and skidoos.
Do not remove or damage any plants, rocks or artifacts from the trail and park system. Stay on the trail or board walks and picnic areas; do not wander in the woods or on to sensitive sand dunes.
Dogs must be on a leash. Dog waste must be cleaned up to protect the park environment.
Park and Trail areas are closed to the public between 11:00pm-6:00am.
Camping and fires are prohibited.
Do not litter.
Cole Harbour/Lawrencetown Coastal Heritage Park System
Classification - Natural Environment Status - Designated; Operational Location N.S. Atlas: 68 V 2 Last Updated on March 20, 2012
A relatively large coastal park system that offers a range
of outdoor recreation opportunities, including supervised
swimming, hiking, and picnicking, as well as plays an
important conservation role.
Relatively large land base, a large portion of which
contributes to regional representation and biodiversity;
contributes to Province’s goal of protecting 12% of its
landbase by 2015; complements provincially-owned Cole
Harbour; endangered species (piping plover) nests on
beach (Rainbow Haven and Conrad Island); Site of
Eological Significance (Conrads Island); several
archaeological sites within Cole Harbour Heritage Park.
One species of bird found within the Cole Harbour portion
has been classed as being critically imperiled. On the
Lawrencetown portion, one non-vascular plant species,
one bird species and one small mammal species were
classed as critically imperiled. In addition, two bird
species were listed as imperiled and six more as
vulnerable to extirpation or extinction. On the Rainbow
Haven portion, one species of bird was listed as critically
imperiled. In the Conrads Island/Beach portion, one
species of vascular plant and one species of bird were
listed as critically imperiled. Two species of birds were
listed as imperiled. Some of beach area is also
designated under the Beaches Act.
Opportunities to interpret a variety of natural and cultural
themes including coastal processes, saltmarsh, other
ecosystems, endangered species, landscape evolution;
Provincially and regionally significant coastal park
system; includes regionally significant beach parks,
proximity to rails to trails corridor, Trans Canada Trail
passes through Cole Harbour Heritage Park; trail system
developed close to metro.
Outdoor Recreation Values:
Swimming, hiking, picnicking, surfing, fishing, kite flying.
High visitation numbers.
Other Site Considerations:
Zoning of the Cole Harbour Coastal Heritage Park
causes some difficulties with demand for other uses that
are not consistent with the entire network of beaches –
in particular Lawrencetown Beach which has a high
recreational use and Conrods Beach is minimal
recreation and high conservation.
Stoney Beach has a dangerous rip current and
swimming is discouraged at this location but people
continue to use it for a variety of activities.
Susceptible to coastal processes (storm events with high
tide surge or wind driven waves) that cause site erosion.