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

The Port Joli coastal region features a shallow and sheltered ocean inlet, sandy beaches, mudflats, small islands and dunes. These habitats combine to make it a sensitive and unique ecosystem.

Port Joli is known for its peace and tranquility and provides habitat for a variety of shorebirds and other birds, the most prominent being Canada geese, endangered piping plovers, terns and American black ducks, as well as a variety of plants.

Explore our interactive map showing the history of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) work in the Port Joli area >

Port Joli at a glance

  • located in the South Shore region of Nova Scotia, 170 kilometres from the provincial capital of Halifax;
  • boasts a very rich cultural and natural history. It was home to Mi'kmaq aboriginal peoples as early as 1,200 years ago;
  • having identified Port Joli as a priority site, NCC has acquired more than 586 hectares (1,450 acres) here;
  • our conservation efforts will help preserve the Port Joli shoreline, ensuring that this important coastal inlet will remain unspoiled for the unique plants and animals that thrive in the region.

Conservation values

  • Of the 10,000 Canada geese that overwinter in Atlantic Canada, 30-40 percent can be found at Port Joli.
  • Coastal irregularities offer a wide variety of habitat types, which in turn 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.


Because of its stunning ocean views and beautiful beaches, coastal Nova Scotia is in danger of over-development. While the small-scale development of properties adjacent to a sanctuary may have minimal impact, together they will have a cumulative effect. Conserving the upland buffers along the Port Joli shoreline will ensure the integrity of this important coastal inlet.

Our vision for Port Joli

The Port Joli Natural Area is of great importance to NCC. Our conservation plan for the area involves a campaign to acquire additional properties, as well as the continuation of stewardship and volunteer programs to sustain a site which offers great beauty and vitality.


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