Silver Sands Beach in Cow Bay was once a popular destination for beach-lovers from not only Eastern Passage and Cow Bay, but also Halifax and Dartmouth as well.
The beach was made up of fine white sand and extended from where the moose stands today to Hartlen's Point.
There was a canteen and dance hall in an area fringed by trees and accessible from the road. Many statues of animals sculpted by Winston Bronnum were found near the pond and roadway and children loved to play on them. The only one left is our famous Cow Bay Moose. Most of this area is now under water, the trees are gone.
Sand was hauled away for construction and the beach was destroyed. The provincial government, prompted by the destruction of Silver Sands and other beaches, passed laws preventing the removal of beach materials.
Silver Sands, or the Cow Bay Beach, is used now as a recreation area by hikers & surfers.
Information gleaned from the pages of "The View from Here, An Oral History of Eastern Passage, 1864-1945. Joe Brown, Shearwater Development Corporation", and from my childhood memories.