Holding private events in Nova Scotia Provincial Parks
All events must be approved in advance by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This allows us to know what is going on within the park system on a daily basis, and make special arrangements, if required. Be sure to bring your approval letter with you to the event.
Please ensure you are familiar with the park event rules and regulations before registering your event.
Weddings, Family Reunions, Corporate Picnics, Church/Club Gatherings
How do I select a park for my event?
Information about most parks is available online. While a small wedding might work in a natural environment park, an outdoor recreation park would be a better choice for a large corporate picnic.
Who do I contact to book an event?
Contact the DNR office nearest your park of choice and ask for the Area or District Manager.
How far in advance do I need to make a booking?
At least two weeks before the event, but booking earlier is better.
What sort of details will I be asked to provide?
In addition to your name and contact information, you’ll need to tell us the dates you require, date flexibility, start/end time of event, number of people attending, number of vehicles, brief description of the event, type of activities planned, and any equipment you want to bring into the park such as event tents or barbecues. If your event is approved, you will be issued a Letter of Authority (LOA) that you must bring with you on the day of the event.
Is there a fee?
No, no fees are charged to hold an event in a day-use park.
Can I book the entire park to ensure my event is private?
No, exclusive use is not granted. The park remains open to other users, and perhaps other events. By knowing the events planned for a park, we can work to ensure everyone has the space they need.
Can I have an event even though park has closed for the season?
Yes, but entrance gates may be closed, facilities are usually closed, and limited snowplowing may result in reduced parking. For bookings, contact your nearest DNR office.
Are there events or activities that are not permitted?
Yes. Events that conflict with the management objectives of the provincial park system or that would threaten natural features, wildlife, structures, or other park users are not permitted. Alcohol, fires, firearms, ATVs, gambling and retailing (without a permit) are not permitted in provincial parks. Fireworks are generally prohibited; some exceptions may apply— contact the local DNR office at least one week before the event.
What about liability?
All activities are undertaken at the users’ risk.
Is there anything else I need to do?
Make safety a priority. During your event make sure you have First Aid kits on hand and people who are trained to use them, a fire extinguisher, cell phones, and personal floatation devices (PFDs) if water activities are planned. Ensure all guests are adequately prepared for attending your recreational event.
Film and TV Productions
A separate policy applies to filmmaking in provincial parks. Contact the DNR office closest to the park of interest to discuss your plans with a staff member.
Educational, Commercial, Large Scale Sporting Events, Other
Each request is reviewed individually and assessed to as to its compatibility with the management objectives of the provincial park system and the natural attributes of the park. Contact the Parks and Recreation Division.