Advisories

September 24, 2020

Provincial Parks Reopening
All Provincial Parks that were closed due to Hurricane Teddy will reopen by noon on Thursday September 24th. Staff have completed inspections and have determined provincial parks can safely reopen. The camping parks that were closed (Battery, Graves Island, Mira River, Porters Lake, Rissers Beach and Whycocomagh) will reopen at noon today. All day-use parks and beaches along the Atlantic coast will reopen by noon or before. 
 
Provincial Beach Closures by region: Effective at noon on Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020 the following provincial beaches and day-use parks will close:
Western
Bayswater Beach, Lunenburg County
East River, Lunenburg County
Second Peninsula, Lunenburg County
Rissers Beach (day-use), Lunenburg County
Summerville Beach, Queens County
Port L’Hebert, Queens County
Thomas Raddall Day Use, Queens County
The Islands day use, Shelburne County
Sandhills Beach, Shelburne County
 
Central
Queensland Beach, Halifax County
Cleveland Beach, Halifax County
Crystal Crescent Beach, Halifax County
MacCormacks Beach, Halifax County
Rainbow Haven Beach, Halifax County
Lawrencetown and Stoney Beach, Halifax County
Conrads Beach, Halifax County
East Chezzetcook Beach, Halifax County
Martinique Beach, Halifax County  
Clam Harbour Beach, Halifax County
Taylor Head, Halifax County
 
Eastern
Marie Joseph, Guysborough County
Tor Bay Beach, Guysborough County
Port Shoreham Beach, Guysborough County
Point Michaud Beach, Richmond County
Pondville Beach, Richmond County
Dominion Beach, Cape Breton County
Cabot Landing, Victoria County
 
Advisory for coastal beaches:
Jellyfish have been sighted recently at provincial beaches. Jellyfish are common near shore areas and should not be considered a cause for concern, but swimmers should take caution. Jellyfish stings can be hazardous. Don't touch them in the water or on shore. Avoid swimming in areas where jellyfish are present. If stung, treat the affected area with vinegar. Portuguese man-of-war have been spotted at Lawrencetown, Martinique, Queensland and Rissers beach. These are unusual sightings for our area and should be reported to the local Department of Lands and Forestry office: https://novascotia.ca/natr/staffdir/offices.asp
 
Blomidon Provincial Park 
Ongoing construction work for the new entry building at Blomidon Provincial Park requires extending the working day from 7:00am through 7:00pm for the period Monday August 17 through Friday August 21.  Every effort will be made to keep noise levels down and minimise inconvenience to park users. Thank you for your understanding. Campers are to proceed with caution when approaching the entrance area of the camping park. Day-use visitors are to park in the lower parking lot or the upper day use field. Please follow the direction of signage on site.
 
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park
Please be aware that the backcountry is only accessible from the designated trailhead at Red Rocks. Please check-in at the park office upon arrival. Due to a recent road washout at Edgits Beach, the park cannot be accessed from the north via Apple River. The Eatonville Road from the park office to Eatonville is passible to trucks and high body vehicles using caution.
 
Cape Split Provincial Park
Please be advised construction of a new trail is underway at Cape Split. The existing trail remains open for use. Please stay off the new trail under construction and follow the direction of signage on site.
 
Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park
Please be advised that the water at Ellenwood is subject to a chemical advisory and is posted not safe for drinking or cooking. Campers need to bring their own potable water. We apologize for any inconvenience.
 
Five Islands Provincial Park
Please be advised that the water at Five Islands is subject to a chemical advisory and is posted not safe for drinking or cooking. Campers need to bring their own potable water. We apologize for any inconvenience.
 
Lumsden Pond Provincial Park
Nova Scotia Environment has issued a water advisory for Lumsden Pond due to a potential blue-green algae bloom. People and pets are advised not to swim in, or drink the water until further notice.  For more information on Blue-Green Algae please see the NSE website https://novascotia.ca/nse/environmental-health/blue-green-algae.asp
 
Rissers Beach Provincial Park
Please be advised that if you are camping at Little Rissers (sites 1-57) you must stop at the Park office upon arrival to get a gate code.
 
Trout Brook Provincial Park 
Nova Scotia Environment has issued a water advisory for Trout Brook Provincial Park due to a blue-green algae bloom in Lake Ainslie. People and pets are advised not to swim in, or drink the water until further notice.  For more information on Blue-Green Algae please see the NSE website https://novascotia.ca/nse/environmental-health/blue-green-algae.asp