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Smuggler's Cove

Stroll along the dramatic, rocky coastline and discover a history of smuggling operations at this pretty bay in southwest Nova Scotia.

Get close to nature and enjoy outdoor activities at Smugglers Cove Provincial Park. Hike along a cliff-top path, enjoy a swim in the ocean and look out for lots of local birdlife. 

During the time of Prohibition in the early 20th century, liquor was smuggled into the area from here, hence its name. Today, the picturesque park and its beach are popular weekend getaway spots.

At high tide the cove is filled with water, but during low tide, the beach is easily accessible. Make your way down the long staircase to the small stretch of shingle. Dip your toes in the water or go for a swim, and look for the cave that is not visible to passing vessels. For years, bottles of rum were hidden here before they were secretly transported to the USA. 

After your swim, head back up the stairs to the field that overlooks the cove. With several wooden tables, this is a good place for a picnic. 

Set off along the path that winds along the cliff top. Stop at the lookout platforms and gaze out over the sea. From high up on the cliffs you should be able to spot a variety of seabirds such as gannets and cormorants. 

Be sure to check out the interpretative panels that are dotted along the main walking route. The information on these panels covers the history of Smugglers Cove and feature stories of the illicit smuggling operations. Read about secret meetings, police raids and shipwrecks.

Smugglers Cove Provincial Park is located on the southwest corner of Nova Scotia just south of the fishing commune of Meteghan. The park is open between May and October and entry is free. It is a 40-minute drive north from the town of Yarmouth.


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    Situated in a rural location, this property is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Smuggler's Cove and within 9 mi (15 km) of Sacre Coeur Catholic Church and Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse. Mavillette Beach Provincial Park and Rendez-Vous De La Baie Visitor Centre are also within 12 mi (20 km).

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      4.4
      of 5, from 156 reviews
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      Situated on the waterfront, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse and Mavillette Beach Provincial Park. Smuggler's Cove and Yarmouth Ferry Terminal are also within 25 mi (40 km).

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        Situated on the waterfront, this bed & breakfast is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Mavillette Beach Provincial Park. Smuggler's Cove and Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        Beautiful Oceanfront Getaway on the French Shore of Nova Scotia
        Beautiful Oceanfront Getaway on the French Shore of Nova Scotia

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          Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sacre Coeur Catholic Church and within 9 mi (15 km) of Smuggler's Cove and Rendez-Vous De La Baie Visitor Centre. Sainte-Marie Church and Church Point Lighthouse are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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          Brier Island Lodge

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            Situated near the beach, this lodge is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Peter Island Lighthouse and within 12 mi (20 km) of Central Grove Picnic Park and Balancing Rock Trail. Islands Museum and Tourist Bureau is 12.3 mi (19.7 km) away.

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            Richmond Highland Farm

            Richmond Highland Farm

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              4.7
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              Situated on a lake, this apartment building is 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park and Hebron Recreation Complex. Pembroke Beach and Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse are also within 16 mi (25 km).

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              , Church Point
                 
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                Churchill Mansion Inn

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                  5.0
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                  Situated in Darlings Lake, this luxury bed & breakfast is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Hebron Recreation Complex and Pembroke Beach. Yarmouth Regional Hospital and Firefighters' Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).