Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – Dig out your best beach buckets, shovels, and sand sculpting tools, and head to Clam Harbour Beach this Sunday for the region’s largest annual sandcastle competition.
Clam Harbour Beach is a long, beautiful white sand beach located along the municipality’s Eastern Shore. Over the years, this free, family-friendly sandcastle competition has attracted hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators.
Date: Sunday, Aug. 14 (rain or shine)
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (free shuttle service begins at 9:30 a.m.)
Location: Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park, 158 Beach Road, Clam Harbour, Eastern Shore
In addition to watching the many creative sand sculptures formed throughout the day, you can enjoy the Family Fun Zone, listen to live music, search for one of five buried starfishes to win great prizes, and see real live mermaids on the beach from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Food vendors will be onsite once again in the beach parking lot, and merchandise will be sold at the registration tent. We recommend people dress for all weather conditions and to bring their own water, sunscreen, and bug repellant. We also encourage you to leave pets at home in the event of hot, sunny conditions and anticipated large crowds. Please note there is no rain date for this event, and it will proceed rain or shine.
Prizes for the best sandcastles will be awarded to individuals and teams in three categories – Adult, Youth and Child – as well as the People’s Choice Award, with judging to take place at 3 p.m. and prizes awarded at 4:30 p.m.
Please note there is limited parking available in the beach parking lot, and there will be parking restrictions in effect along Clam Harbour Road and Beach Road from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16. Parking will be permitted only on the right-hand side of the road (travelling towards the beach). Any vehicles parked on the left-hand side of the road (travelling towards the beach) will be ticketed and/or towed. Please respect this request as it allows for easy shuttle bus access and emergency access. No parking signs are posted along the route as a reminder.
For more details on parking and shuttle service, or for directions to the beach, visit www.halifax.ca/sandcastle/GettingtotheBeach.php. Please note only service animals will be allowed on board the shuttle buses.
For information on this unique event, visit www.halifax.ca/Sandcastle/index.php.