You’ll need at least two days to appreciate all the sights on Brier Island, but the main sights can be done in one day. Explore the Brier Island Guide website; it will help you plan a better trip. Here are our quick tips for visiting Brier Island to get you started:
- RV’s: They’re welcome on the ferries to Brier Island, and there are plenty of RV-accessible scenic points and spots for a picnic lunch. Park in R.E. Robicheau’s parking lot, where there’s plenty of space for large vehicles.
- Public toilets: On the Brier Island map we’ve shown every public toilet, but the only public washroom with flush plumbing is located by the Icehouse Giftshop. There’s a wooden outhouse on the road to West Lighthouse, and a surprisingly clean porta-potty at the ferry wharf.
- Warm clothing: Even the hottest summer days are cool on Brier Island. A warm sweater and a pair of pants will keep you comfortable as you admire the coastal scenery. Warm clothing is especially recommended for a whale watching tour
Visit these sights at low tide
Seal Cove. The aptly named Seal Cove (usually) features seals sunning themselves on the rocks. At low tide many seals will be out of the water. At high tide you only see tiny seal heads as they swim in the water.
The Polygonal Rocks. The polygonal rocks near the Slocum monument are easy to get to (the parking area is right next to them). The rocks are unique-looking and great for exploring and photos… but they are mostly underwater during high tide.
Ridge Rocks. The mighty current at Ridge Rocks is remarkable at high or low tide, but the ridge is more exposed (hence impressive) at low tide.
When is low tide? The tide changes daily but is predictable; see the Government tide tables for Westport (available months in advance).
Sunset at West Lighthouse: The West Lighthouse area is the westernmost point of Nova Scotia, and in clear weather it’s a delightful spot to watch the sunset. Great for both photographers and romantics.
The seagulls at Whipple Point: If you hike out to Whipple Point (near West Lighthouse) be prepared for beauty… and seagulls. The area is a nesting ground and the seagulls get loud and defensive. To distract you from their babies they will squawk warnings, fake injuries, and swoop near you.
Brier Island Guide has more tips, more details, and more stunning photos of the sights that await you on Brier Island.
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