Seafoam is an unincorporated area in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, located in Pictou County. It is on Nova Scotia Trunk 6 between the communities of Melville and Toney River. It is a rural area on the Northumberland Strait to the east of Cape John. The nearest village is River John, some 8 km southwest, and postal, telephone and fire services are provided from there. The nearest town is Pictou some 23 km to the east.

There are two alternative sources for the origins of the name. One is that it comes from the name of a schooner that was wrecked here. The other is that it describes the state of the shore during a storm.

Most work in the past has been from farming, fishing and forestry. There were once two wharves at Seafoam, both with lobster canneries. Neither are being worked today. One at MacDonalds Cove is now derelict and the other was 3 km to the east at Baillies Cove. In the early 1900s a quarry was exporting stone by sea.

A school was built here in approximately 1900. The first building burnt down in 1926 and was replaced by a nearby hall that served as the school until 1968. The building is now the Melville-Seafoam Community Hall.

Make sure to stop in at Seafoam Lavender when you’re in the area!

North Shore Communities

Experience the unique qualities of the many towns and villages along the north shore of Nova Scotia.

TIDNISH

AMHERST SHORE

PUGWASH

WALLACE

MALAGASH

TATAMAGOUCHE

BRULE SHORE

RIVER JOHN

SEAFOAM

TONEY RIVER

PICTOU

NEW GLASGOW

MERIGOMISH

ANTIGONISH