Sunset, Hirtles Beach, Gaff Point, NS (Photo by NCC)

Sunset, Hirtles Beach, Gaff Point, NS (Photo by NCC)

Gaff Point

Gaff Point, Nova Scotia (Photo by NCC)

Gaff Point, Nova Scotia (Photo by NCC)

Gaff Point offers dramatic ocean views and linking a series of critical beaches and dune systems. The rustic trails of this nature preserve wind through cool, quiet forests and along the ever-changing edge of the sea. The beauty and accessibility of Gaff Point make it a favoured destination for local residents and visitors alike.

Habitat and conservation values

Located on Nova Scotia's popular South Shore, Gaff Point is a pristine, spectacularly beautiful headland consisting of impressive cliffs, conifer forest, heaths and grasslands. NCC has protected this important natural area in partnership with two other organizations. Gaff Point hosts a variety of wildlife species in its marine, terrestrial and wetland ecosystems. Its coastal habitats are an ideal place for hiking, bird watching, photography and outdoor learning.

In the bays surrounding Gaff Point, sea birds, whales and seals can be seen. It is a wonderful place to connect with nature.

Gaff Point is a crucial element in the larger coastal landscape of this region. As the link between two protected beach-dune systems, it unifies these habitats, plays an important role in supporting the biodiversity of the surrounding area, and more than doubles the protected area at this site.

Threats

As the demand for recreational residential property in Nova Scotia increases, large areas like Gaff Point, which contains contiguous, undeveloped shoreline, are becoming extremely scarce. Public access is being reduced as waterfront areas are subdivided and sold. Only a handful of Nova Scotia's large intact headlands remain in their original wild state and just a few are under formal protection

Conservation status

NCC is working in partnership with a local organization, the Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy, to care for the ecologically sensitive lands under our protection through our stewardship program. Through collaborations with the local community it is possible to conserve species, sites and habitats forever, and minimize damage caused by human disturbance while still allowing the public to access beautiful Gaff Point.

NCC's goal is to maintain this magnificent headland as a nature preserve for the protection of biological diversity, special beauty and educational interest, and as part of a natural heritage legacy for all Nova Scotians.

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