Event Criteria

Events that meet the following criteria will be considered for the 2017 Nova Scotia Provincial Parks Guide:

  • Any person, association, or public agency can make application.
  • The event must take place or originate in a provincial camping or day use park, and fit into one of the following categories:
    A) Community or holiday celebrations Ex.: Canada Day
    B) Demonstrations of activities that match with the management objectives of the property. Ex: Geo-caching in a provincial park.
    C) Educational/ Interpretive based on natural or cultural history that will broaden participants’ knowledge or expand their appreciation. Ex. Guided hikes, bird watching
    D) Environmental/ Green events to enhance or maintain the natural environment. Ex. Beach sweeps, river clean-ups.
    E) Instructional for compatible activities that reflect management objectives of the site. Ex: Canoeing in a provincial park, photography, cross country skiing clinic etc.
    F) Sports and recreation activities that matches property management objectives. Ex: sandcastle building in a recreational beach area.

    PLEASE NOTE: Some activities may be prohibited by regulations, policy or management requirements.



Events should be non-profit, although fees are permitted to cover expenses. There
are no fees associated with the use of the park for the event.

Event Timing 

Events must take place between April 2017 -  March 2018.

Event Promotion 

All approved events will be promoted in the Parks Guide and on the NS provincial parks website if event application is received by February 17, 2017. Copies of the guide will be sent to Event Leaders in May, 2017 as well as any posters that have been requested.

Event Cancellations

Please contact Pam Grace if an event is cancelled or re-scheduled. This will be communicated to the public through our website. You may also phone (902) 893-5371 or contact the main office (902) 662-3030. There will be no one available to take your call during the weekend. 

Event Set-Up 

The organization, preparation, presentation and any required materials for the event are the responsibility of the organizing group or agency. The Department of Natural Resources will assist with the provision of equipment (ex. picnic tables) if possible.


All events must comply with Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations and Guidelines. Each group is responsible for any specific risks associated with the activity, ensuring the safety of participants, and their general well-being.

The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources assumes no responsibility for any accident or mishap that may occur during the course of an event and shall not be liable for any injury or damage (including death) or for the loss of or damage to property.

Each Group shall at all times indemnify and save harmless the Minister of Natural Resources from and against all claims demands, losses, costs, debts, damages, actions, suits, or other proceedings by whomever made, sustained, brought or prosecuted in any manner based upon, occasioned by, arising out of or attributed in any way to the performance or purported performance of any group in carrying out all events.

Event Compatibility

Event leaders are expected to review the objectives of the chosen location to determine the compatibility of their event. For Park Management plans please visit the NS Department of Natural Resources.

Event Permit

Please note, NS Department of Natural Resources Area Supervisors may require a permit be completed for your event if: 

  • Your event will affect the capacity of the parks operationally
  • Special arrangements may need to be made for parking, extra toilets, security and garbage removal 
  • The area supervisor may need to discuss the Park Regulations as they apply to your event should no prior approval exist