Parks Reopening Update

Parks Reopening Update

Parks Reopening Update
Thursday, September 21, 2023 10:55 a.m. 

We continue to assess storm damage at our provincial parks. Most of our parks have now reopened. We are reopening others as it is safe to do so. For everyone’s safety, we ask people to stay out of parks that are closed.

Rissers Beach

On Friday, September 22, 2023, North Rissers (campsites 58 – 93) will reopen at 2:00 pm for registered campers. Serviced campsites will have power. The washroom facility and vault toilets will be open. The water from taps is not safe to drink without boiling; signs will be posted on them advising campers to boil before consumption. Potable water is available from the washroom facility. Wood and ice are available for sale from the park office. 
Due to storm damage, the rest of Rissers Beach Provincial Park will remain closed for the rest of the season. This includes Little Rissers (campsites 1 – 57), the day-use beach and trails – they are closed to all camping and public access. Remaining reservations will automatically be canceled and campers will be refunded for all bookings. Please avoid the area and respect the closures in place for the safety of visitors. Storm clean-up work continues.

Camping Parks 

Today, September 21, Thomas Raddall in Queens County will reopen for camping at 2 pm. The the trails are closed but people can walk to and on the beach.

On Friday, September 22, 2023, The Islands in Shelburne County will reopen at 2:00 pm.

Earlier this week, the following camping parks reopened:
-- Battery, Richmond County 
-- Blomidon, Kings County 
-- Caribou-Munroes Island, Pictou County 
-- Ellenwood Lake, Yarmouth County 
-- Mira River, Cape Breton County 
-- Porters Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality 
-- Valleyview, Annapolis County 
-- Whycocomagh, Inverness County
-- Amherst Shore, Cumberland County 
-- Cape Chignecto, Cumberland County
-- Dollar Lake. Halifax Regional Municipality 
-- Five Islands, Colchester County 
-- Graves Island, Lunenburg County 

Smileys, Laurie, Boylston and Salsman camping parks had already closed for the season before the storm.

Day-use Parks

The majority of day-use parks and beaches have reopened with some exceptions. 

The boardwalk at MacCormacks Beach and Crystal Crescent Beach were significantly damaged however the parks have reopened.

The boardwalk at Martinique Beach was also damaged but the park is able to open today, September 21.

Queensland Beach remain closed until further notice due to significant storm damage. At Thomas Raddall, the trails are closed but people can walk to and on the beach.