Nelson Memorial Park

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

Discover Nelson Memorial Park

  • Picnic with family or friends under the large timberframe picnic 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.
  • Swing and slide on the playground.
  • Stroll along the paths through the woods.
  • Walk the gravel beach and watch for wildlife along the salt marsh.
  • Stop and smell the roses in the floral gardens (a project in partnership with Tatamagouche Communities in Bloom)

Use of Park for Events

To inquire about scheduling an event or reserving the main picnic shelter at the park, please contact Colchester Recreation at 902-897-3185, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the online park reservation form.

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.
  • 2020 Season: May 9 - October 12, daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (gate opens at 8:00 am and closes 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 keep on leash in the park. Dogs may be off leash only in the fenced dog park. Please pick up after your pet.
  • There is 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 rail trail (Butter Trail, part of The Great Trail), and not on the walking trails in the park.


Address: 153 Loop of Highway 6, Bayhead

Location: 2 km west of Tatamagouche via Highway 6; 55 km north of Truro via Route 311.

From Highway 6 on the west side of Tatamagouche, follow the blue and white signs to the park.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


In 2019-2020, we are constructing a new washroom building; it will include a multi-purpose room for community use. In 2014, we expanded the walking trails in the park and constructed a timberframe picnic shelter. Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to improve the park for your enjoyment.

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