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Cow Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Crowds: 2.5
Accommodation: 2.0

Overall: 2.9

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Cow Bay Spot ID

Halifax Nova Scotia Aloha Spirit Surf Company, Cow Bay photo

Cow Bay

Photo credit: Meredith O'Neill

Winter Swell in Cow Bay photo

Cow Bay

Photo credit: Matt Robertson

Type: reef and point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell E | Wind NNW

Sea Temperature Today is: 1.4 °C

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Wednesday, 8 April 2020, 02:48 Local time
Wednesday 08
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 9 9 9 8
Wind (km/h) 10
SSE 10
SW 15
WSW 10
Wind State on cross-
cross cross

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Cow Bay in East Shore is an exposed reef and point break that has quite reliable surf Offshore winds blow from the north northwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the east. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here. Take care of the strong rips here.

Nova-Scotia wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Cole Harbour, 8 km from Cow Bay.

IS AT (local time)

Cow Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Shearwater, 6 km from Cow Bay.

light winds from the SSW

Air temperature
7.8 °C

Current weather near Cow Bay

Buoy Data:

At Halifax Harbour Buoy, 7 miles from Cow Bay.

  9PM 10PM 11PM 12AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 0.7
Dominant period (s) 10 10 10 11

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Overall Cow Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in April


Surf stats for Cow Bay: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Cow Bay: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Cow Bay Location Maps

Cow Bay Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Cow Bay:

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Wave buoys nearest to Cow Bay:

Tide stations nearest to Cow Bay:

  • Closest tide station
    Cole Harbour
    5 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    8 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Bedford Institute
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Sambro Harbour
    12 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Chezzetcook Inlet
    16 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Cow Bay is Shearwater (Halifax) Airport (YAW) in Canada, 6 km (4 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Cow Bay is Halifax International Airport (YHZ), also in Canada, 31 km (19 miles) away.
  • Third is Greenwood Airport (YZX) in Canada, 124 km (77 miles) away.
  • Charlottetown Airport (YYG) in Canada is 189 km (117 miles) away.
  • Greater Moncton International Airport (YQM), also in Canada is the fifth nearest airport to Cow Bay and is 193 km (120 miles) away.
Cow Bay break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Cow Bay, Nova Scotia. Use the tab navigation above to view Cow Bay sea temperature, Cow Bay photographs, Cow Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Cow Bay webcams, current wind from Nova Scotia live weather stations and Cow Bay tide predictions. The Canada swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Canada and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Canada wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Cow Bay.