54. The Hawk

Location: Cape Sable Island
Shoreline: rocky
Type of access: paved road
Parking: yes
Concrete ramp
Topographic reference: 20 p/5 (Cape Sable Island)
Marine chart # 4241(Lockeport-Cape Sable)
UTM grid: E0287375  N4809841
Latitude: N 43° 24.772’/Longitude: W 65° 37.495′
Public access

The Hawk Point Beach is an excellent birding area and Cape Sable Island was designated  an Important Birding Area in the year 2000. From this location on most days during low tide you can see American Oyster Catchers feeding on the sand flats. On a clear day you can also see the Cape Light,the tallest in Nova Scotia 101 feet tall.

Cape Sable Island was designated an Important Bird Area in the year 2000. No other IBA site in the Maritimes has this number of globally and national significant species to meet the IBA criteria. Five in total these include: Atlantic Brant, Piping Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher. The beaches, dunes and intertidal flats of Cape Sable Island form strategic migratory nesting habitat for many bird species. Cape Sable Island has many excellent locations for launching sea kayaks. The Town of Clark’s Harbour is a major fishing community and home of The Cape Island Fishing Boat. You will find many friendly and helpful fishermen working around the wharves if you need information about the islands and surrounding area. In the town of Clark’s Harbour within walking distance from the wharf is a Grocery Store the only one on Cape Sable Island where you can get supplies. The Seaside Heritage Centre is another excellent source of information and local history. Visitors Information Centre, post office and many other conveniences and places of interest. Located at Kenney Wharf is the Fisherman’s Haven, hot food, sandwiches, hot/cold drinks can be bought here during the day. Adjacent to the visitor centre is the boardwalk which goes along the coastline and ends at the Clark’s Harbour Wharf.

For more information about Cape Sable Island visit: www.clarksharbour.com, www.capesableisland.ca for birding information; www.csiba.ca

From Clark’s Harbour and The Hawk there are many islands to explore along the coast.