Port Joli, NS (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Port Joli, NS (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Port Joli, Scotian South Shore

Aerial view of Port Joli, NS showing its white sandy beach and aquamarine waters (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Aerial view of Port Joli, NS showing its white sandy beach and aquamarine waters (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

A spectacular natural area with a deep history

Port Joli features a shallow and sheltered ocean inlet, sandy beaches, salt marshes, mudflats, small islands and dunes. Inland are coastal forests, freshwater wetlands and coastal barrens. These habitats combine to make a sensitive and unique ecosystem.

Port Joli is known for its peace and tranquility. It provides habitat for a variety of shorebirds and other birds, including Canada goose, endangered piping plover, tern and American black duck, as well as a variety of plants.

Explore the history of Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC) work in Port Joli, and what our donors have helped us accomplish here >

Port Joli at a glance

  • Located in the south shore of Nova Scotia, only 170 kilometres from Halifax.
  • Boasts a rich cultural and natural history. It was home to the Mi'kmaq as early as 1,200 years ago.
  • Identified as a priority site for conservation. More than 630 hectares (1,558 acres) have already been protected here.
  • Port Joli is an important coastal site. Unique plants and animals, such as the rare boreal felt lichen and endangered piping plover, thrive in the area.

Conservation values

  • More than 10,000 Canada geese spend the winter in Atlantic Canada. Between 30-40 per cent can be found in Port Joli.
  • Coastal areas, such as Port Joli, offer a wide variety of habitat types. Forests, dunes, beaches and mudflat habitats help promote species diversity.
  • The South Shore has been identified as one of the five best sites for habitat conservation in Nova Scotia.
  • Port Joli Harbour is one of four Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in the area.

Our vision for Port Joli

Coastal Nova Scotia has stunning ocean views and beautiful beaches. Because of this, it is in danger of over-development. The lands along the Port Joli shoreline act as buffers to inland areas by absorbing the impact from storms and water damage. They also help keep wildlife habitat connected. By protecting these areas, we can ensure the integrity of this important coastal area.

With the help of our supporters, we will continue our conservation efforts to protect additional land in Port Joli. Our volunteers will also help to maintain the beauty of this reserve through our stewardship and volunteer programs. If you’d like to help with hands-on conservation activities, join our network of Conservation Volunteers!


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