Balancing Rock is a Nova Scotia coastal geological formation in DIgby County. It’s a must-see attraction for visitors to this area of Nova Scotia and is located on the St. Mary’s Bay side of Long Island at the tip of Digby Neck. It’s a 9-metre high columnar stack of basalt rock that appears to be balancing although it’s narrowly attached to its base. Only by viewing it from water’s edge can you see half of it is actually attached. It’s thought to have been like this thousands, if not millions, of years. There are many such basalt formations along the coast of St. Mary’s Bay. Water erosion has caused many to tumble.
There are two islands at the tip of Digby Neck. The Bay of Fundy is on one side of the Neck and its two islands while St. Mary’s Bay is on the other side. Petit Passage separates Long Island from mainland Nova Scotia. The island is accessible by a short ferry ride. Grand Passage separates Long Island from Brier Island. It was Samuel de Champlain who named both of these passages between the Bay of Fundy and St. Mary’s Bay. The rock can be seen from a viewing platform at the end of a 2.5 km trail that can be walked in just over an hour. Scapes Gallery