Black Point, Nova Scotia
Black Point is the closest community in the Ten Beaches area to Metropolitan Halifax, just 25 minutes away. Black Point Beach is the first of the Ten Beaches you will come to when traveling southwest on Highway 3, after taking Exit 5 at Tantallon.
Black Point is believed to have been given its name because its land mass appear black from outside of St. Margaret’s Bay. Original land grants were given in 1786, but it was not until the 19th century that the community began to take shape. Black’s Point first post office opened in 1867. A new school opened in 1879 and, United Baptist Church was dedicated in 1898.
Today, the fire station and community hall are focal points of the community, where community suppers and social events are held. The village also boasts some antique and craft shops, and has two sand beaches, the Black Point Beach and The Puddle Beach.
Although not as sandy as some of the other Ten Beaches, the Black Point Beach is a popular spot for snorkelling. Snorkelling from this beach, one can discover a whole array of marine life, from lobsters and crabs to eels and various kinds of rock fish. At low tide, the beach is also a pleasant place for swimming.
For a tiny little beach, Puddle Beach sure has a lot of admirers. A tiny little strip of sand, maybe 100 feet in length, this well-protected beach is a fun place for kids. The water swishes back and forth from the sea into a stream that comes from a small freshwater body of water across Highway 3, known as “The Puddle.” This popular little spot in Black Point is a great connection point to the St. Margaret’s Bay Trail, where you can hike or bike. Within a short bike ride, you can easily access three or four beaches in the area in a short period of time. A picturesque little trellis bridge, along the trail, goes right over The Puddle. There are picnic tables there, making it a fun spot to visit.
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