Dawson Dowell Park

Dawson Dowell Park: a relaxing spot for sightseeing, tidal bore viewing, and enjoying the Bay of Fundy shoreline.

Discover the hidden gem of Maitland, Nova Scotia, at Dawson Dowell Park, where the Cobequid Bay and Upper Bay of Fundy meet the mouth of the Shubenacadie River. Nestled in the heart of Nova Scotia’s very first Heritage Conservation district, this picturesque park offers a perfect escape for nature enthusiasts and families seeking a peaceful rest stop.

Did you know? Twice a day, you can witness the tidal bore from Dawson Dowell Park’s public wharf. You can even see the bore from multiple locations nearby, such as the Fundy Tidal Interpretive Centre in South Maitland. Learn more about the Fundy Tidal Interpretive Centre to plan your adventure.

Park features:

  • Sheltered picnic tables and gazebo
  • Seasonal, accessible washrooms
  • Newly constructed playground with swings and slide
  • Beyond the Wharf Artisans (open seasonally). A haven of local, authentic handmade gifts from the area – stop in to meet the artists whose items are sold right there on the shelves!
  • Walking distance to explore the historic village of Maitland, including Canada’s oldest general store, the Frieze & Roy. 
  • Viewing platform/public wharf overlooking the mouth of the famous Shubenacadie River. This public wharf is steeped in history, just steps away from where Canada’s largest wooden ship was built and launched in 1874. Stop at the nearby Lawrence House provincial museum (open seasonally) to learn all about the village’s rich shipbuilding history!
  • Tidal bore viewing: plan to visit at the exact right time each day to witness the powerful Bay of Fundy tides push up the river and reverse its flow, creating a natural phenomenon called the “tidal bore”. For more information, visit the nearby Fundy Tidal Interpretive Centre.

Park grounds are open year-round. Washrooms and Beyond the Wharf Artisan Gift Shop are seasonal (mid-May to mid-October). No winter maintenance, use at own risk in the off-season.

Looking for more attractions in the area? Visit Burntcoat Head Park, site of the world’s highest tides, or try tidal bore rafting for a more thrilling adventure.


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