We are attempting to upgrade our index information on canoe launch sites in southwest Nova Scotia. We will add more as they become available.
Our site provides information on places where permission has been granted for launching. However, if you see an attractive site not listed as public access local property owners are usually glad to give permission for access and maybe some advice.
Site Name: Great Pubnico Lake
Caution: This is a large lake and it easy to get disoriented. Preferable to have a GPS to manage a safe return to the launch site. Don’t forget extra batteries.
Site Name: Slate Falls Dam/Quinan
Site Name: Doctors LakeLocation: Go north on Main Street, Yarmouth and follow Route #1. The turnoff #1 in Dayton 2 km from the Town line. The turnoff is signposted Chegoggin and the launch site is about 20 metres from the turnoff on the right. Shoreline: Type of access: There is a launch suitable for power boats into the lake. Parking: There is room to park 2 or 3 cars. Government facilities:None Public slipway:Yes Public Concrete Ramp: No Topographic Reference: Marine Chart #: UTM grid: Latitude: Longitude: N43-52-419 W 066-06-304 Public Access Description: There is a gravel driveway leading directly to the lake
Site Name: Lake MiloLocation: Located on extreme north end of Main Street, Yarmouth clearly identifiable by the Milo Boat house. Belongs to Town of Yarmouth. Shoreline: Rocky Type of access: Direct access off Main Street to parking lot. Parking: There is limited parking at the edge of the lake. Across Main Street there are two parking lots. The lower one reserved for the RCMP and an upper one that is free to the general public. Government facilities: The boat house is open and supervised during the summer months. It has washrooms, meeting rooms and a lifeguard is on duty during posted hours. Public slipway: Yes Public Concrete Ramp: ?? Topographic Reference: Marine Chart #: UTM grid: Latitude: Longitude: Public Access Description: The boat house is located on Main Street with limited on site parking. Across Main St there are two parking lots. One is for the RCMP but the one higher up is open for the public.
Site Name: Quinan LakeLocation: From the Church in Quinan (on route 308) drive further along another 5 km to where the pavement ends. To the left will be the Coldstream Road. Turn RIGHT onto the Shunacady Road. This road is not marked as such, although you will find it on a topo map and Google maps. From the turn, drive 20.8 km and you will be at the small bridge where you can park and set off on your paddle. NOTE 1. There are no sides to the bridge. It just covers a small stream and is made of heavy wooden beams over the road and is very safe to drive over. NOTE 2: the first 3 km of dirt road are rough and if there’s been a rain, there may be large pools of water on the road but they are not deep. The road is solid and, after 3 km, gets a lot better and is fine all the way in. The “landing” to get into Quinan lake is immediately to the right of the little bridge, mere feet from the road. Parking: Plenty of space to park (and turn around) on the side of the road just past the bridge. Shoreline: There are campsites on at least three islands. The largest one is on the big island on the centre of the lake. A smaller island just before that has a small campsite. A larger L-shaped (double island that’s connected with a sand bar when the water is low can support three tents. Type of access: Access to the lake is a short steep drop next to a small bridge. It’s not ideal but not very difficult. Parking: Both sides of the bridge provide ample room for parking several cars. Government facilities: There are no facilities Public slipway: There is no public slipway. Public Concrete Ramp: There is no ramp Topographic Reference: Marine Chart #: UTM grid: Latitude: Longitude: N 43.83181 W 065.65844 Public Access Description: From the end of the pavement in Quinan it will take about 1 hour to reach the bridge where you launch. The first part of the gravel road (3 km) is rough in spots but there is no danger of getting stuck or damaging your vehicle. The government maintained fire road (17.8 Km after the first 3km) is in very good shape with a few pot holes. Again no danger of getting stuck in mud.
Site Name: Wentworth Lake
Location: In the community of Wentworth on highway 340, 22 km from Carleton and 32 km from Weymouth.
Type of access: Turn off the 340 At the launch site
Parking: Ample gravel parking
Government facilities: Adjacent to the launch site is a small park with washrooms, garbage collection.
Public slipway: Gravel and low slope
Public Concrete Ramp:
Marine Chart #:
Latitude: Longitude: N44 – 10.617 W 065 – 56.640
Public Access Description: Clearly marked entrance to launch site.