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  • Arisaig

    Northumberland Shore

    Park is known for its fascinating geology and fossils; an interpretive kiosk examines highlights of the four million years of earth history found here. Pleasant 1.5 km walking trail through forest, and to shore access. Geocaching opportunities as well as snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Located 27 km (17 miles) north of Antigonish.

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    Address: 5704 Highway #245, Arisaig
    County: Antigonish
    Size: 28.19 ha (69.5 ac)
    GPS: N45 45.280 W62 09.990
  • Battery

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: June 10 to October 17
    Park contact number: (902) 535-3094

    Located on the south coast of Cape Breton Island, Battery Provincial Park overlooks St. Peters Bay and the Bras d’Or Lake.

    The lighthouse found in the park serves as a beacon for the entrance to St. Peters Canal. Completed in 1869, the 800 m (2,600 ft.) the St Peter’s Canal and lock system allows vessels to sail between Bras d' Or Lake and the Atlantic Ocean.

    Battery Provincial Park saw European occupation as early as the 1700’s and is home to a number of historically significant sites, including the site of a lime kiln used to make plaster and mortar, some of which was used in the construction of Fortress Louisbourg, as well as the remains of two forts that were involved in the French and English struggle over the North American continent.

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    Facilities and Services

    Battery Provincial Park offers 56 campsites, 22 open, 8 partially wooded, and 23 wooded, located on a picturesque hillside, showers and flush toilets, a picnic area, and an unsupervised beach. Walking trails provide good views of the surrounding landscapes and bodies of water. Learn more about the history of the area at interpretive sites kiosks along the way.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Amherst

    • Cumberland County Museum (36 km)

    St. Peter's Area

    • St. Peter's Canal (adjoining)
    • Nicolas Denys Museum (1.5 km)
    • Wallace MacAskill Museum (2 km)

    Point Michaud Beach Prov. Park (18 km)

    Canso Causeway (65 km)

    Sydney (90 km)

     

    Museums and festivals provide a glimpse into the rich Acadian and Celtic heritage found throughout the region.

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.


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  • Cape Chignecto

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: May 20 to October 10
    Park contact number: (902) 392-2085
    Civic address: 1108 West Advocate Road, Advocate Harbour, NS

    At Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, towering 180 m (600 ft.) sea cliffs rise from the Bay of Fundy, while the world's highest tides lap at their base. Best described as a wilderness park, it has 29 km (18 mi.) of pristine coastline, deep valleys, sheltered coves, rare plants, and remnant old-growth forests. The park offers over 40 km (25 mi.) of wilderness trails and remote walk-in campsites.

    Please note: There are no drive-up sites in the park; however, there is a community-operated campground 5 km (3 mi.) east of the park. Refer questions about this park to (902) 392-2085.

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    Facilities and Services

    Cape Chignecto offers walk-in campsites, 5 open, 75 wooded, 3 cabins, 1 bunkhouse, and 12 kayak.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

    Campgrounds and Backcountry Sites

     

    New Yarmouth Campground

    A system of high quality front country hiking trails (and backcountry trails) connect with these walk-in sites. Several hiking opportunities (coastal; ravine complex; inland; etc.) are readily available using these sites as a base camp. Twenty-eight walk-in tent sites are accessible from a central parking lot and/or drop off area, situated 300 m and 75 m respectively from the first campsite. A small capacity ( 3 - 5 person ) walk-in group tenting site is situated adjacent to the drop off area. Individual walk-in tenting sites are designed to accommodate extended stays. Campsites are accessed via a multi-use/service trail with centralized pit privies and woodshed, each site has a fire grill and is well buffered from the others.

    Backcountry Sites (Hike In)

    Backcountry sites are only accessible from the trail head at Red Rocks. The coastal trail includes physically challenging conditions. Users should be physically fit and carry equipment appropriate for wilderness travel. Kayaking sites are available at Refugee Cove and Seal Cove.

    Wilderness Cabins and Bunk House

    These units offer dry and secure overnight accommodation on the coastal trail (no power or running water). These facilities can be reserved through the toll-free reservation number (1-888-544-3434).

    Arch Gulch Cabin - 8.5 km from Red Rocks on coastal trail (4 double bunks).

    Big Bald Rock - 4 double bunks.

    Seal Cove/Carey Brook - 4 double bunks.

    Eatonville Bunkhouse - 8 single bunks. 

    Before you arrive

     

    Cape Chignecto is a backcountry trail and camping experience. Know your capabilities, and come prepared for the time of year and the activities you want to do. Be aware of tide times before your arrive.

    The park offers a 52 km coastal loop which is rated very challenging. It is recommended to allow a three-night stay to complete the loop. Keep in mind that elevation is a significant factor when planning your trip.

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    Nearby Attractions

     

    Cape d'Or (12 km)

    Port Greville (20 km)

    • Age of Sail Heritage Centre

    Parrsboro (45 km)

    • Fundy Geological Museum
    • Ottawa House Museum

    Joggins (45 km)

    • UNESCO World Heritage Site Fossil Cliffs & Interpretive Centre

     

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.


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  • Cape Split

    Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

    An iconic provincial coastal landmark overlooking Bay of Fundy and its mesmerizing tides. Enjoy a moderately challenging backcountry hike as the trail opens out to a lookoff 60 metres (200 ft.) above the rugged coast of the bay. The trail is about 6 km (4 mi.) one way and hikers should plan on 2.5 to hours to make the return trip.

    Prior to heading out on the trail, users are advised to tell someone where they are and when they expect to return home. Users are advised to stay on the trail. Cliffs are actively eroding and unstable so keep well back from the edge. Shoreline exploration is NOT recommended as incoming tides are fast, strong and unpredictable. Plan to return to the trailhead before dusk. Remember it will get dark earlier on the trail under the dense canopy of trees.

    Hikers should wear sturdy footwear and layered clothing as weather and temperatures can change quickly. Carry plenty of drinking water and bring along snacks and sun protection. Please respect this natural area. Pack out all garbage and keep pets leashed at all times. Toilets are located at the trailhead with a seasonal composting toilet located about 1.5 km along the trail so plan accordingly. No campfires, no camping, and no hunting. The park is not staffed so users must call 911 in case of an emergency. Open year round from dawn until dusk daily.

    Address: 999 Cape Split Road, Scots Bay
    County: Kings
    Size: 447 ha (1104 ac)
    GPS: N45 18.880 W64 25.755
  • Eatonville (day-use area of Cape Chignecto)

    Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

    With towering 185-metre high cliffs, sheltered coves, and exciting wildlife viewing, you’ll want to be sure to bring along your camera. Choose between two user-friendly trails that will let you behold some of the nation’s best scenery. One trail will take you to the iconic Three Sisters sea stacks, while the second trail leads to Squally Point. The trails are in good condition and suitable for most ages and abilities. Please note the interpretive centre is not open. Pack out all garbage and keep dogs leashed. Make this day-use area part of your itinerary when you visit the nearby Fossil Cliffs at Joggins, Cape D’Or, or the Fundy geological Museum at Parrsboro.

    Address: 2375 Eatonville Road, Eatonville
    County: Cumberland
    GPS: N45 25 18.12 W64 53 40.69
  • Green Hill

    Northumberland Shore

    The elevation provides magnificent views of the farmlands below. Off Highway 104. 9 km (6 mi) east of West River.

    Address: 209 Dan Fraser Road, Green Hill.
    County: Pictou
    Size: 9.64 ha (23.82 ac)
    GPS: N45 34.925 W62 47.464
  • Laurie

    Visitor Notice

    Entry to the park requires a gate access code. If you arrive at the park without an access code, please call 1-888-544-3434 or use the yellow phone at the park kiosk. Be prepared to provide your reservation information to obtain the gate code.

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: June 10 to September 12
    Civic address: 4949 Hwy 2, Grand Lake, NS

    Only minutes from metro Halifax/Dartmouth, Laurie Provincial Park is the perfect escape from the urban rush, yet the park is close enough for day trips in to visit the many attractions found in the metro area. The quiet lakeside setting offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities including camping, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, and swimming. Please note that this park is a self-registration park.

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    Facilities and Services

    The park has 63 wooded campsites, 1 serviced site for campground host, a large picnic area, and trailer dump station. There is a small unsupervised beach on Shubenacadie-Grand Lake. Oakfield Provincial Park, just a few kilometers north, offers a large open picnic area, boat launch and beautiful sand beach ideal for family swimming.

    No check-in for campers prior to 1:00 PM

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Enfield (10 km)

    • Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum
    • Halifax Stanfield International Airport
    • Knaut Rhuland House Museum

    Dartmouth (20 km)

    • Shubenacadie Canal/Fairbanks Centre

    Halifax (25 km)

    • Citadel, Museums, Province House
    • Public Gardens
    • Sports Hall of Fame

    Shubenacadie

    • Provincial Wildlife Park

     

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.

     

  • Valleyview

    Park Info

    2016 Season Dates: June 10 to October 10
    Park contact number: (902) 665-2559
    Civic address: 960 Hampton Mountain Road, Bridgetown, NS

    Valleyview Provincial Park offers a quiet woodland setting overlooking the Annapolis Valley. The park is within easy traveling distance of the Fundy Coast and communities along Route 1.

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    Facilities and Services

    The park offers a 30 site campground and picnic area. It also features an interpretive site overlooking the breadth of the Valley below.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Annapolis Royal (23 km)

    • Historic Sites & Gardens
    • Tidal Power Project
    • Golf courses (2)

    St. Peter's Area

    • St. Peter's Canal (adjoining)
    • Nicolas Denys Museum (1.5 km)
    • Wallace MacAskill Museum (2 km)

    Upper Clements Theme Park (30 km)

    Port Royal National Historic Site (33 km)

    Aylesford (40 km)

    • Oaklawn Farm Zoo

     

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.


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