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Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition

Sunday, August 14, 2016 - Rain or Shine!
(Gates open at 9:00 am)

Clam Harbour Beach is a long, beautiful white sand beach within the Halifax Regional Municipality. For the past 35 years, the sandcastle and sand sculpturing contest attracts over 10,000 people every year to the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.  There are cash prizes for various categories, live music, food vendors, First Aid personnel and Provincial Lifeguards on site. There is an onsite bus shuttle service to transport people to and from the beach after the park opens at 9:00 am.  Dress for all weather conditions as this is a “rain or shine” event.  Bring beach attire, sneakers, change of clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, water, bug repellant, snacks, a positive attitude and all your sand building tools and creative ideas.  Please note that there is a fee of $10.00 for adult groups to participate in the competition and no fee for youth & children.  The Registration Tent will be available onsite as you step off the board walk onto the beach. 

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Once the parking lot fills up, you'll be required to park on the road. Parking is only permitted on the RIGHT hand side of the road as you drive towards the beach. Please respect this request as it permits for easy shuttle bus access and emergency access. No Parking signs are posted along the route as a reminder.


Depending on the amount of traffic coming in and out of the beach parking lot, there may be a temporary closure of the Clam Harbour Beach Road (at the bridge heading into the beach) to safely allow exiting traffic to leave. (Usually everyone wants to leave between 4 and 6 pm, this will allow us to speed up the shuttle buses departure from the site and get people back to their vehicles!)


Pick up and drop off is only permitted in the designated spots.


Only service animals are permitted on the shuttle buses. We recommend you leave your pets at home due to the sunny & hot weather and crowds.


No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park / on the beach!

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