Accessible Beaches and Adaptive Equipment
Nova Scotia Provincial Parks is committed to promoting accessible and inclusive public use of our park properties.
A roll out beach access mat was installed at Melmerby Beach Provincial Park in Pictou County this season and there is a hippocampe chair available for bookings by contacting the McLellans Brook Office at 902-922-4020 (Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm). Please book at least 2 days prior to the date you would like your appointment. Same day appointments can be accommodated if there is an available slot.
Appointment times are:
10:00 am - 11:30 am
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry purchased accessible beach mats (Mobi-mat®) for:
- Clam Harbour Beach (Halifax Regional Municipality)
- Mira River (Cape Breton County)
- Rissers Beach (Lunenburg County)
We have also partnered with two municipalities to install Mobi-mat® at two other Provincial Parks:
Heather Beach Provincial Park: Partnership with Municipality of Cumberland. Mobi-mats® installed by Lands and Forestry. The Municipality of the County of Cumberland has an Adapted Equipment Loan program which includes a floating wheel chair. Please contact the municipality regarding adaptive equipment loans.
Pomquet Beach Provincial Park: Partnership with the Municipality of the County of Antigonish. Mobi-mat® installed by Lands and Forestry. The Municipality of the County of Antigonish has a Mobi-chair available at the beach. For more information please contact Antigonish County Recreation at 902-863-1141.
The Department of Lands and Forestry has also done extensive work to make our parks more accessible. This includes upgrades or the construction of accessible washrooms and change rooms at Boylston, Caribou- Munroes Island, Pomquet Beach, The Islands and Valleyview provincial parks. There have also been numerous upgrades to the access points of trails and beaches.
The work to make our provincial parks and beaches more accessible to all Nova Scotians is ongoing and will make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities.