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River Route 1: Broad River to Summerville Beach

Organization / Program Name

Public Bulletin
Neither South Shore nor the Region of Queens Municipality own or control the canoe routes, portages or boat launches listed, and assume no responsibility or liability for the safety of those using the canoe routes or walking the portages. 
It is recommended that users approach all canoe routes and portages in a safe and responsible manner. Conditions can change through fluctuating water levels, natural debris, and logging activity.  
South Shore and the Region of Queens Municipality are not liable for any errors or omissions in this listing.


Located In
South Shore Region
Where To Find Us
Broad River, NS


Recreation Department, Region of Queens Municipality

Description & Services

This scenic route was designed with family in mind and follows the mixed growth shores of the beautiful Broad River from the end of Bear Hole Falls to the white sand shores of Summerville Beach. 
Access: Fishermen's Memorial Highway 103, Exit 20 onto Route 3, turn right onto Broad River Road to the Broad River Road Picnic Park. 
Skill Level: Beginner 
Distance: 5 km return 
You will start your journey at a secluded picnic park nestled at the base of Highway 103 at the end of Broad River Road, proceed downstream for approximately 1 km. You are then encouraged to proceed northeasterly for up to 1 km, depending on tidal levels, exploring the shallows of an impressive saltwater lagoon and numerous tidal pools. After exploring this area, you are encouraged to travel toward the train bridge, visible throughout most of this journey. From the southwestern side of the train bridge, take the opportunity to hike the 1 km long white sands of Summerville Beach, picnic in the Summerville Beach Provincial Park, or just relax on the sand and listen to the crashing surf. 
Notes & Precautions: 
It is recommended that less experienced users do not proceed past the train bridge as tidal currents and wave action can be very dangerous. Beware of sudden changes in current and water level due to tidal action. Also, beware when attempting to travel under the train bridge the channel can be obstructed with bridge supports and should be scouted first.
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Categories - General
Beaches ; Canoeing ; Kayaking ; Picnic Grounds ; Recreational Oceanfronts ; Recreational Rivers

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Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 | Last Full Update: 17 Nov 2017
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