Boat Launch

  • Card Lake

    South Shore

    A small lakeside park under a canopy of mature softwood trees. The small beach provides an opportunity for a quick dip, or launch a canoe or small boat and explore the lake. Located near Chester, 17 km (10 mi) north of Hwy 103, Exit 8.

    Address: 3895 Hwy 14, Card Lake
    County: Lunenburg
    Size: 104.29 ha (257.70 ac)
    GPS: N44 43.164 W64 15.855
  • Dollar Lake

    Open June 5th to October 12th, 2020
    5265 Old Guysborough Road, Wyses Corner, NS
    Telephone: (902) 384-2770
    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.
    Facilities and Services
    • 117 Campsites
    • Group Camping Sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trails
    • Beach Access (supervised beach July & August)
    • Boat Launch
    Nearby Attractions
    • Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum, Enfield
    • Bicentennial Theatre, Middle Musquodoboit
    • Mastodon Ridge & Showcase Nova Scotia, Stewiacke
    • Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, Shubenacadie
  • Dominion Beach

    Cape Breton

    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.

    Address: 48 Lower Mitchell Avenue, Dominion.
    County: Cape Breton
    Size: 27.96 ha (69.19 ac)
    GPS: N46 12.818 W60 01.729
  • Dundee

    Cape Breton

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

    Address: 2285 West Bay Road
    County: Richmond
    Size: 0.2 ha (.494 ac)
    GPS: N45 41.847 W61 06.326
  • Ellenwood Lake

    Open May 15th to October 12th, 2020
    1888 Mood Road, Deerfield, NS
    Telephone: (902) 761-2400 
    Nestled between two lakes in the heart of southern Nova Scotia, this 114 ha (280 acre) park offers a walking trail in a hardwood setting, canoeing, swimming, and camping for all those who like to enjoy the outdoors.
    The quiet beauty of nature is evident everywhere at Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park. The shoreline holds some of Nova Scotia's rare plants, and the lakes have both brown and speckled trout, chain pickerel, and Atlantic salmon.
    Facilities and Services
    • 87 Campsites
    • 21 Serviced Campsites (electrical and water) sites 37-42, 46-53 & 75-81
    • 5 Walk In Sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking trail
    • Beach access
    • Boat Launch
    • Self-Registration Sept 5th to Oct 12th
    Nearby Attractions
    • Firefighters Museum of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth
    • Yarmouth County Museum, Yarmouth
    • Cape Forchu, Yarmouth
    • Bangor Sawmill Museum, Saulnierville

    For more information on these and other attractions, please consult Tourism Nova Scotia or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.

  • Falls Lake

    Fundy Shore

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

    Address: 1541 New Ross Rd Hwy 14, Vaughan.
    County: Hants
    Size: 5.70 ha (14.08 ac)
    GPS: N44 50.370 W64 14.384
  • Graves Island

    Open May 15th to October 12th, 2020
    230 Graves Island Road, East Chester, NS
    Telephone: (902) 275-4425
    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.
    The campground is an excellent base for outdoor adventures including ocean kayaking and biking along the South Shore as well as day tripping to the area's many attractions. 
    Facilities and Services
    • 95 Campsites
    • 33 Serviced Sites (water & electrical)
    • 11 Walk In sites
    • Group Camping Sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trails
    • Shoreline access (unsupervised)
    • Boat Launch
    • WiFi available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.
    Nearby Attractions
    • DesBrisay Museum, Bridgewater
    • Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg
    • Knaut Rhuland House Museum, Lunenburg
    • Ross Farm Museum, New Ross
  • Hubbards

    South Shore

    A boat launch site on St. Margarets Bay. Limited picnic opportunities. Located on Hwy 3, about 3 km west of Queensland Beach Provincial Park.

    Address: 9 Yacht Club Rd Hubbards, NS B0J 1T0
    County: Halifax
    Size: 0.55 ha (1.35 ac)
    GPS: N44 38.323 W64 03.681
  • Lake Midway

    Fundy Shore

    One of few access points to a fresh water beach in the area. Picnic tables located in hardwood area and open fields. Trout fishing (seasonal).

    Address: 7600 Hwy 217, Lake Midway.
    County: Digby
    Size: 1.72 ha (4.25 ac)
    GPS: N44 31.784 W66 02.511.
  • Lake O' Law

    Cape Breton

    The only provincial park in Inverness County located on the Cabot Trail. A rock cairn dedicated to first Irish settlers in the area. Popular with traveling public; especially tour buses as a rest/viewing location.

    Address: 4830 Cabot Trail Hwy 19, Lake O'Law.
    County: Inverness
    Size: 2.15 ha (5.31 ac)
    GPS: N46 16.572 W60 57.745
  • Lennox Passage

    Cape Breton

    A pleasant park on Isle Madame with two kilometres of shoreline, an operating lighthouse and site of a former post office (c.1910), ferry terminal and two limestone quarries. Picnic in forest or open areas, enjoy the 2 km of trails, or explore the lighthouse. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opportunities in the winter, however parking is available at the gate only. Located on Hwy 320, 5 km (3 mi) east of the junction of Routes 320 and 206.

    Address: 2313 Hwy 320, Isle Madame.
    County: Richmond
    Size: 37.11 ha (91.7 ac)
    GPS:  N45 35.145 W61 01.378
  • Martinique Beach

    Eastern Shore

    A 3.7 km crescent, white-sand beach with open and wooded picnic areas behind the dunes. Boardwalks and hard-surfaced paths offer access for beachcombing and swimming. Supervised swimming (July-August/STC). Wildlife refuge area for migratory waterfowl and protected area for piping plover. Parking may be limited on summer weekends. Located 11 km (7 mi) south of Musquodoboit Harbour.

    Address: 2389 Petpeswick Road, East Petpeswick.
    County: Halifax
    Size: 47.02 ha (116.19 ac)
    GPS: N44 41.394 W63 08.841
  • Melmerby Beach

    Northumberland Shore

    One of Nova Scotia’s most popular beaches, this 2 km (1.25 mi) sandy beach is supervised beach (July-August/ STC). Even on the busiest days, there’s lots of room to spread out and enjoy yourself whether that would be strolling the beach, swimming, flying a kite with the kids kayaking away from it all. Swimmers are advised to be aware of currents and how to reacte to them. Abundant parking. Located 16 km (10 mi) north of Hwy 104, Exit 25.

    Address: 6280 - 6380 Little Harbour Road, Little Harbour.
    County: Pictou
    Size: 113 ha (279.23 ac)
    GPS: N45 39.157 W62 29.764
  • Mira River

    Open May 29th to October 19th, 2020
    439 Brickyard Road, Albert Bridge, NS
    Telephone: (902) 563-3373
    Jutting out into the famous Mira River and only minutes from Sydney or Fortress Louisbourg National Historic site, Mira River Provincial Park is the perfect escape.
    Facilities and Services
    • 156 Campsites
    • 59 Serviced Campsites (water & electrical)
    • 16 Walk In sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trail
    • Beach access (unsupervised)
    • Boat Launch
    • WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.
    • Self-registration from September 5th to October 19th 
    An electronic entrance gate system is in place. Campers will be charged a $3.50 deposit for the card. This charge will be refunded upon the return of the card when their camping stay is over. Please stop at the admin building when leaving to receive the $3.50 refund.
    Nearby Attractions
    • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Louisbourg
    • Two Rivers Wildlife Park, Marion Bridge
    • Miners Museum, Glace Bay
  • Oakfield

    Halifax Metro

    A popular day-use park on Shubenacadie-Grand Lake featuring a small beach (supervised July – August/STC) and a boat launch for motorized craft. Picnic tables, vault toilets, walking trails nearby, and ample parking. Well suited to group events such as corporate picnics or reunions. Camping nearby at Laurie Park.

    Address: 366 Oakfield Park Road, Grand Lake.
    County: Halifax
    Size: 55.62 ha (137.44 ac)
    GPS: N44 54.709 W63 35.116
  • Porters Lake

    Open May 15th to October 12th
    1160 West Porters Lake Road, Porters Lake, NS
    Quiet lakeside setting offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities including camping, boating, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, and swimming.
    Facilities and Services
    • 80 Campsites
    • 10 Serviced Campsites (water & electrical)
    • 27 Walk In sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trails
    • Shoreline access (unsupervised)
    • Boat Launch
    • WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area.
    • self-registration park
    Please note: Park Gate is locked at 11:00pm
    Nearby Attractions
    • Old Hall Wilderness Heritage Centre, Porters Lake
    • Musquodoboit Railway Museum, Musquodoboit Harbour
    • Fisherman's Life Museum, Jeddore Oyster Pond
  • Powells Point

    Northumberland Shore

    A large day-use park with shoreline access to the warmest salt water in Nova Scotia. Sandy beach on one side, rocky on the other. Some winter recreation opportunities such as snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Located off Hwy 348, about 6 km (3.7 mi) northeast of Trenton.

    Address: 8049 Pictou Landing Road, Little Harbour.
    County: Pictou
    Size: 25.57 ha (63.18 ac)
    GPS: N45 38.969 W62 34.059
  • Ross Ferry

    Cape Breton

    Community managed day-use area offering a boat launch to the Bras d’Or Lake.

    Address: Hwy 305, Ross Ferry.
    County: Victoria
    Size: 2.63 ha (6.5 ac)
    GPS: N46 08.632 W60 35.029
  • Salsman

    Open June 5th to September 14th, 2020
    15641 Hwy 316, Country Harbour, NS
    Located on a small peninsula on the east side of Country Harbour, Guysborough County. Salsman Provincial Park offers campers a quiet setting to relax.
    Facilities and Services
    • 40 Campsites
    • Comfort Station
    • Shoreline Access
    • Boat Launch
    • Picnic area
    • Limited WiFi available
    • self-registration park
    Nearby Attractions
    • Sherbrooke Village, Sherbrooke
    • Antigonish
  • Ten Mile Lake

    South Shore

    A small lakeside park beneath a stand of pine and hemlock. Relax by the shore or take a quick dip (unsupervised). Excellent fishing. Located 21 km (13 mi) north of Liverpool.

    Address: 3933 Hwy 8, Middlefield.
    County: Queens
    Size: 3.27 ha (8.08 ac)
    GPS: N44 11.377 W64 49.960
  • The Islands

    Open June 5th to October 12th, 2020
    183 Islands Park Road, Shelburne, NS
    Bounded by Shelburne Harbour, The Islands offers visitors a maritime camping experience.
    Facilities and Services
    • 63 Campsites
    • Group camping
    • Comfort Station
    • Unsupervised beach
    • Boat Launch
    • WiFi is available at the registration kiosk and surrounding area.
    • self-registration park
    Please note: Park Gate is locked at 11:00pm
    Nearby Attractions
    • Black Loyalist Heritage Center, Birchtown
    • Le Musée Acadien, Pubnico
    • Roseway River Trail, Shelburne