This 47-acre picnic park in a quiet, natural setting beside Tatamagouche Bay on the Northumberland Shore.

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Discover Nelson Memorial Park

Picnics and special use

You can reserve a picnic shelter at Nelson Memorial Park for picnic or special event. For more information, go to picnics and special use or or call 902-897-3180.

  • Picnic with family or friends under the large timberframe shelter or one of the smaller covered picnic tables.
  • Enjoy the ocean view from the paths along the shore.
  • Explore the Butter Trail (rail trail), part of the Great Trail.
  • Young visitors will enjoy the playground.
  • Stroll along the paths through the woods.
  • Walk along the gravel beach and watch for wildlife in the salt marsh.
  • Stop and smell the flowers in the floral gardens.

Know when you go

  • The park is closed for the winter, but walkers are welcome to explore the park year-round. The park gate and washrooms are closed for the winter. Parking is available at the entrance during the winter months.
  • 2021 Season: May 8 - October 11, daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (gate opens at 8:00 am and is locked at 8:00 pm)
  • Free admission.
  • Barbeque grills are available at the two smaller picnic shelters. You must bring your own charcoal briquettes.
  • Dogs must be on leash in the park. Dogs may be off leash only in the fenced dog area. Please clean up after your pet.
  • There is a narrow beach and ocean access, however due to the tidal variation and shallow bay, water activities such as swimming, canoeing, and kayaking are limited.
  • Hunting is not allowed.
  • Off-highway vehicles are allowed only on the Butter Trail (part of The Great Trail); they are not allowed on the walking trails in the park.
  • In spring 2021, we will open a new washroom building.

Visit the park



153 Loop of Highway 6, Bayhead, NS

Directions from Tatamagouche

  • on Highway 6, continue 2 km west of Tatamagouche
  • turn right onto Rocklyn Road
  • turn left onto Loop of Highway 6
  • continue about 250 m to the park

Directions from Truro

  • take Route 311 north
  • continue about 50 km
  • turn left onto Highway 6
  • continue 2 km through Tatamagouche
  • turn right onto Rocklyn Road
  • turn left onto Loop of Highway 6
  • continue about 250 m to the park