HALLS HARBOUR FALLS
Halls Harbour, Kings County
N 45° 11.990 W 064° 36.577
20T E 373580 N 500641 0
RIVER: Houghton Weir Brook
CLASS: oceanside plunge
RATING: excellent (****)
HIKING TIME: 1 0 minutes
NS Atlas Page: 46/Y1
NS topo map: 21 H02 (Berwick)
DIRECTIONS: from Kentville, downtown, travel north on HWY359, 1 8km,
to its terminus at the fishing village of Halls Harbour. Turn right onto Cove Road
and drive to near its conclusion, where you will notice a pull-off with a trail leading
down to the beach. Park here, well out of the way of traffic.
Trail Description: follow the trail down to the beach. About halfway down it
crosses over private property, so please be respectful. At the beach, head to
your right, you should be able to see these oceanside falls almost immediately.
They fall over the cliffs of the Minas Basin draining Houghton Weir Brook directly
into the ocean. At fifty feet in height, they arent the most dramatic of Nova Scotia's
oceanside waterfalls, but they are among the more approachable.
Watch the tides, as the Minas Basin features the highest tides in the world, and
come right up to the cliffs at their highest, leaving no beach behind. The best approach
to these falls is around low tide, where they drop directly onto a large outcropping on
the beach, in a natural shower. A perfect place on a hot summer day.
You can check the tide times for Halls Harbour at
Just off to the right hand side of the falls, as you look at them, is a sea cave, a 25'-
deep slot formed by constant ocean forces. Halls Harbour is a vibrant example of a
Nova Scotia fishing village, with an active lobster, shark and halibut fishery. The low
tides here often leave the fishing boats on dry land, until the high incoming tides pick
them up again. The village is also home to many artists, and several galleries are located
here, as well as the Fish House Museum which details the fishing industry's history in
the village, and the Old Schoolhouse Museum which details the history of the area and
it's many personalities.
One such individual, Charles MacDonald built the Concrete Cottages at nearby
Huntington Point. A proponent on the advatages of concrete construction, and the owner
of Kentville Concrete, MacDonald and his company constructed five fantasical aesthetic
cottages at the point between 1934 and 1938. Four of the five remain today, three of them
as private homes,and the Blue Faerie Cottage converted into a musuem and is a Registered
Historic Place in Nova Scotia. The most appealing of the cottages, the Teapot Cottage, was
destroyed in 1982.
Further hiking oppurtunities in the immediate area of Halls Harbour are served by
the Halls Harbour Ecotrail. Two trails, bot well marked and gravelled, make for nice hikes
around the area, with rest benches along the way and vistas over the Bay of Fundy. In
February of each year, the village plays host to IceFest, a Climb NovaScotia event, with
nearly vertical ascents off the ice falls along the cliffs.
slot cave next to falls....