Day Use Parks in Nova Scotia

Day Use Parks in Nova Scotia



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Clairmont

A small shaded picnic area beneath a stand of red pine. Cross-country skiing opportunities in winter. Located 3 km east of Kingston; off Hwy 101 between Exits 16 and 17.

Clam Harbour Beach

A long, wide sandy beach; supervised (July-August weekends only, STC). Visitors can enjoy a picnic in a field on top of a bluff. Also some cross country skiing in winter. Located 10 km (6 mi) south of Lake Charlotte.

Cleveland Beach

A sister beach to Queensland, offering a sandy shoreline and (unsupervised) swimming opportunities. Limited parking. Located east of Hubbards (Hwy 103, Exit 6).

Coldbrook

Enjoy a picnic under a canopy of pine. Located about 1 km west of various take-out restaurants found at Hwy 101; Exit 14

Cole Harbour Heritage Park

This park features 7 main trails (7.9 km total) which highlight the area’s heritage and natural flora and fauna, as well as woodlands, fields and salt marsh shoreline. The trailhead and parking lot are located at 256 Bissett Road in Cole Harbour.

Cookville

Small park with access to the LaHave River. Adjacent LaHave River Trail. Community operated.

Cottage Cove

One of few public access points to the Bay of Fundy along this stretch of coastline. Located 13 km (8 mi) northwest of Middleton.

Crystal Crescent Beach

Three white-sand crescent beaches located at the mouth of Halifax Harbour. Boardwalks to the first two beaches. Trailhead for a hike to Pennant Point, 10 km (6 mi) which provides interesting birding and wildlife viewing.

Dalem Lake

This park surrounds a small lake and is shaded by hardwood. Beach is white sand. A 2.2 km (1.5 mi) hiking trail encircles the lake. Birding, wildlife watching and sport fishing opportunities. Located at Boularderie East, 4 km (2.5 mi) north off Highway 105.

Accessible Facilities

Dollar Lake

Situated on a large lake not far from the Musquodoboit Valley, Dollar Lake Provincial Park is the perfect escape. The quiet woodland setting offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities, including camping, boating, canoeing, water-skiing, and fishing. A beautiful sandy beach at the north end of the lake offers fresh water swimming.

Dominion Beach

A 1.5 km (1 mi) sandy beach offering supervised swimming (July – August/STC). Boardwalks provide access to the beach and protect the dunes. Wind surfing opportunities.

Dundee

A boat launch for the Bras d’Or Lake providing some beach access.

East River

A picturesque stop at a sheltered ocean cove on Mahone Bay. Located in East River, 1 km (0.5 mi) east of Hwy 103; Exit 7.

Accessible Facilities

Eatonville

With towering 185-metre high cliffs, sheltered coves, and exciting wildlife viewing, you’ll want to be sure to bring along your camera. Choose between two user-friendly trails that will let you behold some of the nation’s best scenery.

Elderbank

One of few public access points on the lower Musquodoboit River. Located 29 km (18 mi) north of Musquodoboit Harbour.

Accessible Facilities
Electrical Hook-up

Ellenwood Lake

Nestled between two lakes in the heart of southern Nova Scotia, this 114 ha (280 acre) park offers offers opportunities for sport fishing, hiking, paddling and swimming. 

Located in an International Starlight Foundation designated Starlight Reserve it is a great spot for stargazing.

Falls Lake

Picnic park located on Falls Lake. Carry-in launch point for canoes/kayaks, sport fishing. Limited cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Fancy Lake

A picnic park with freshwater beach access

Accessible Facilities
Electrical Hook-up

Five Islands

Rising majestically from the shores of the Bay of Fundy, Five Islands Provincial Park is one of Nova Scotia's premiere outdoor destinations. The park features 90 metre (300 ft.) sea cliffs overlooking the world's highest tides, a spectacular setting for camping or any of the many opportunities that abound for hiking, beachcombing, rock collecting and clam digging.

Fox Harbour

A sandy beach with warm water on the shore of Fox Harbour. Located at Wallace, 4 km (2.5 mi) north of Route 6.

Glenwood

A quiet place on Rickers Lake, bordering Hwy 103. Picnic tables scattered beneath hardwoods with view of lake. Located at the junction of Hwy 3 and Hwy 103.

Accessible Facilities
Electrical Hook-up

Graves Island

Joined to the mainland by a short causeway, Graves Island Provincial Park is typical of many of the small islands found along Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast. This quiet ocean-side campground has long been a popular vacation spot for Nova Scotians and visitors alike.

Green Hill

The elevation provides magnificent views of the farmlands below. Off Highway 104. 9 km (6 mi) east of West River.

Groves Point

A sand and pebble beach and warm salt water. Picnic in the field or at tables under a softwood stand. Located 5 km (3 mi) south of Highway 105, before crossing St. Andrew's Channel.

Gulf Shore

A popular public beach with warm water, and a picnic park overlooking the Northumberland Strait. Located 5 km (3 mi) north of Pugwash.