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  • Amherst Shore

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 9 to October 9
    Park contact number: (902) 661-6002
    Civic address: 6596 Hwy 366, Amherst Shore, NS

    On the shore of the Northumberland Strait, Amherst Shore Provincial Park offers an attractive mixed woodland setting for camping. Walking on trails, swimming or beachcombing are enjoyable pastimes at the park. This park, like others along this coast, offers some of the warmest saltwater swimming north of the Carolinas.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    The park offers a 42-site woodland campground (4 pull-through, 2 accessible), showers/comfort station, and a walking trail leading to the unsupervised beach area.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017. See Reservations for details and conditions.

     

    Nearby Attractions

    Amherst

    • Cumberland County Museum (36 km)

    Tidnish Bridge

    • Tidnish Information & Interpretive Centre (13 km)

    Oxford

    • Wild Blueberry & Maple Centre (45 km)

    Pugwash

    • Thinkers Lodge National Historic Site (27 km)

     

    New Brunswick Border (13 km)

     

    Nearby Beaches

    • Northport Beach Provincial Park
    • Gulf Shore Provincial Park

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

  • Anthony

    Fundy Shore

    Wharf and day-use park overlooking Cobequid Bay. Exposed red sand area at low tide offers an opportunity for walking and wading in the warm water. Interpretive display highlights the importance of the site to Aboriginal peoples, European settlers, ship building and during wartime.

    Address: 6889 Hwy # 215, Lower Selma.
    County: Hants
    Size: 7.74 ha (19 ac)
    GPS: N45 18.807 W63 36.337
  • Arisaig

    Northumberland Shore

    Park is known for its fascinating geology and fossils; an interpretive kiosk examines highlights of the four million years of earth history found here. Pleasant 1.5 km walking trail through forest, and to shore access. Geocaching opportunities as well as snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Located 27 km (17 miles) north of Antigonish.

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    Address: 5704 Highway #245, Arisaig
    County: Antigonish
    Size: 28.19 ha (69.5 ac)
    GPS: N45 45.280 W62 09.990
  • Barrachois

    Cape Breton

    Formerly a farm, this park situated on a knoll under a canopy of trees, offers a lovely view of Bras d' Or Lake. Fishing opportunities on the lake. Located 12 km (8 mi) south of Highway 125.

    Address: 2315 Route 223, Ironville.
    County: Cape Breton
    Size: 118.27 ha (292.25 ac)
    GPS: N46 08.551 W60 26.658
  • Battery

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 9 to October 16
    Park contact number: (902) 535-3094

    Located on the south coast of Cape Breton Island, Battery Provincial Park overlooks St. Peters Bay and the Bras d’Or Lake.

    The lighthouse found in the park serves as a beacon for the entrance to St. Peters Canal. Completed in 1869, the 800 m (2,600 ft.) the St Peter’s Canal and lock system allows vessels to sail between Bras d' Or Lake and the Atlantic Ocean.

    Battery Provincial Park saw European occupation as early as the 1700’s and is home to a number of historically significant sites, including the site of a lime kiln used to make plaster and mortar, some of which was used in the construction of Fortress Louisbourg, as well as the remains of two forts that were involved in the French and English struggle over the North American continent.

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    Facilities and Services

    Battery Provincial Park offers 56 campsites, 22 open, 8 partially wooded, and 23 wooded, located on a picturesque hillside, showers and flush toilets, a picnic area, and an unsupervised beach. Walking trails provide good views of the surrounding landscapes and bodies of water. Learn more about the history of the area at interpretive sites kiosks along the way.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Amherst

    • Cumberland County Museum (36 km)

    St. Peter's Area

    • St. Peter's Canal (adjoining)
    • Nicolas Denys Museum (1.5 km)
    • Wallace MacAskill Museum (2 km)

    Point Michaud Beach Prov. Park (18 km)

    Canso Causeway (65 km)

    Sydney (90 km)

     

    Museums and festivals provide a glimpse into the rich Acadian and Celtic heritage found throughout the region.

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


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  • Blomidon

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: May 19 to October 9
    Park contact number: (902) 582-7319
    Civic address: 3138 Pereau Road, Canning, NS

    Rising majestically from the shores of the Minas Basin, Blomidon Provincial Park is renowned for its spectacular views. Blomidon's 759 ha (1,875 acres) include 180 m (600 ft.) high cliffs, a variety of habitats, striking natural features, abundant wildlife -- and the world's highest tides wash its shores. These natural attractions provide excellent opportunities for camping, hiking, beachcombing, photography or just appreciating nature.

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    Facilities and Services

    Blomidon offers a 70-site campground with 16 open, 5 partially wooded, 55 wooded campsites, two picnic areas, an unsupervised beach near the park entrance, and hiking trails. A group campsite, with kitchen shelter and fire grills, is available by reservation only.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017. See Reservations for details and conditions.

     

    Hiking in Blomidon Provincial Park

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    The Look-off (12 km)

    • Blomidon Look-off Provincial Park

    Scots Bay (20 km)

    • Cape Split Hiking Trail

    Starrs Point (23 km)

    • Prescott House Museum

    Wolfville (29 km)

    • Atlantic Theatre Festival
    • Randall House Historical Museum
    • Robie Tufts Nature Centre
    • Acadia University Botanical Gardens

    Grand Pré

    • Grand Pré National Historic Site

     

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


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  • Boylston

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 9 to September 11
    Civic address: 11131 Hwy 16, Boylston, NS

    Located between the communities of Boylston and Guysborough (town), Boylston Provincial Park is an ideal place to camp while touring the Eastern Shore. The wooded hilltop campground offers a spectacular view of Guysborough Harbour. Please note that this park is a self-registration park.

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    Facilities and Services

    The park offers 34 wooded campsites, and a picnic area. The picnic area is open until mid October. The campground has water outlets and a trailer dump station.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017. See Reservations for details and conditions.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Guysborough (7 km)

    • Osprey Shore Golf Course Resort
    • Mulgrave Road Theatre
    • Guysborough Historical Museum
    • Marina Boat Rental

    Canso (35 km)

    • Grassy Island National Historic Site

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

  • Cape Chignecto

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: May 19 to October 9
    Park contact number: (902) 392-2085
    Civic address: 1108 West Advocate Road, Advocate Harbour, NS

    At Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, towering 180 m (600 ft.) sea cliffs rise from the Bay of Fundy, while the world's highest tides lap at their base. Best described as a wilderness park, it has 29 km (18 mi.) of pristine coastline, deep valleys, sheltered coves, rare plants, and remnant old-growth forests. The park offers over 40 km (25 mi.) of wilderness trails and remote walk-in campsites.

    Please note: There are no drive-up sites in the park; however, there is a community-operated campground 5 km (3 mi.) east of the park. Refer questions about this park to (902) 392-2085.

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    Facilities and Services

    Cape Chignecto offers walk-in campsites, 5 open, 75 wooded, 3 cabins, 1 bunkhouse, and 12 kayak.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

    Campgrounds and Backcountry Sites

     

    New Yarmouth Campground

    A system of high quality front country hiking trails (and backcountry trails) connect with these walk-in sites. Several hiking opportunities (coastal; ravine complex; inland; etc.) are readily available using these sites as a base camp. Twenty-eight walk-in tent sites are accessible from a central parking lot and/or drop off area, situated 300 m and 75 m respectively from the first campsite. A small capacity ( 3 - 5 person ) walk-in group tenting site is situated adjacent to the drop off area. Individual walk-in tenting sites are designed to accommodate extended stays. Campsites are accessed via a multi-use/service trail with centralized pit privies and woodshed, each site has a fire grill and is well buffered from the others.

    Backcountry Sites (Hike In)

    Backcountry sites are only accessible from the trail head at Red Rocks. The coastal trail includes physically challenging conditions. Users should be physically fit and carry equipment appropriate for wilderness travel. Kayaking sites are available at Refugee Cove and Seal Cove.

    Wilderness Cabins and Bunk House

    These units offer dry and secure overnight accommodation on the coastal trail (no power or running water). These facilities can be reserved through the toll-free reservation number (1-888-544-3434).

    Arch Gulch Cabin - 8.5 km from Red Rocks on coastal trail (4 double bunks).

    Big Bald Rock - 4 double bunks.

    Seal Cove/Carey Brook - 4 double bunks.

    Eatonville Bunkhouse - 8 single bunks. 

    Before you arrive

     

    Cape Chignecto is a backcountry trail and camping experience. Know your capabilities, and come prepared for the time of year and the activities you want to do. Be aware of tide times before your arrive.

    The park offers a 52 km coastal loop which is rated very challenging. It is recommended to allow a three-night stay to complete the loop. Keep in mind that elevation is a significant factor when planning your trip.

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    Nearby Attractions

     

    Cape d'Or (12 km)

    Port Greville (20 km)

    • Age of Sail Heritage Centre

    Parrsboro (45 km)

    • Fundy Geological Museum
    • Ottawa House Museum

    Joggins (45 km)

    • UNESCO World Heritage Site Fossil Cliffs & Interpretive Centre

     

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


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  • Caribou-Munroes Island

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 9 to October 9
    Park contact number: (902) 485-6134
    Civic address: 2119 Three Brooks Road, Caribou, NS

    Just a few kilometres from one of Nova Scotia's points of entry, Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park makes a marvellous stop on your way to or from Prince Edward Island.

    A mile long sand beach offers some of the warmest saltwater swimming north of the Carolinas and the campground provide excellent opportunities for camping, or just appreciating nature.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    The park offers 95 campsites, 17 open, 4 partially wooded, 74 wooded, picnic areas, and an unsupervised beach. There is a walking trail along the beach out to the island.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Pictou (6 km)

    • Hector Heritage Quay
    • McCulloch House Museum
    • Northumberland Fisheries Museum

    Stellarton (25 km)

    • Museum of Industry

    Museums and festivals provide a glimpse into the rich Acadian and Celtic heritage found throughout the region.

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

     


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  • Clam Harbour Beach

    Eastern Shore

    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.

    Address: 158 Beach Road, Clam Harbour
    County: Halifax
    Size: 183.22 ha (452.75 ac)
    GPS: N44 43.598 W62 53.141
  • Dollar Lake

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 9 to October 9
    Park contact number: (902) 384-2770
    Civic address: 5265 Old Guysborough Road, Wyses Corner, NS

    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.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    The park has 119 campsites, 36 partially wooded, 81 wooded, a picnic area, boat launch, and trailer dump station. The main beach is supervised during the peak season. The smaller "campers" beach is unsupervised.

    Although there are no electrical hookups, water and vault toilets are conveniently located throughout the campground. Accessible flush toilets and showers facilities are also available.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Enfield (25 km)

    • Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum

    Middle Musquodoboit (25 km)

    • Bicentennial Theatre

    Stewiacke (30 km)

    • Mastodon Ridge & Showcase Nova Scotia

    Shubenacadie (25 km)

    • Provincial Wildlife Park

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


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  • 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
  • Ellenwood Lake

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: May 19 to October 9
    Park contact number: (902) 761-2400
    Civic address: 1888 Mood Road, Deerfield, NS

    Nestled between two lakes in the heart of southern Nova Scotia, this 114 ha (280 acre) park offers walking trails 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.

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    Facilities and Services

    The park offers 87 wooded campsites, two picnic areas, boat launch, a supervised beach, and hiking trail.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Yarmouth (15 km)

    • Firefighters Museum of Nova Scotia
    • Yarmouth County Museum
    • Cape Forchu

    Saulnierville (45 km)

    • Bangor Sawmill Museum

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


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  • Five Islands

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 9 to October 9
    Park contact number: (902) 254-2980
    Civic address: 618 Bentley Branch Road (Hwy 2), Five Islands, NS

    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.

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    Facilities and Services

    The park offers 87 campsites,  71 open (17 pull-through; 15 of 17 with water), 22 wooded, two picnic areas, an unsupervised beach, playground and comfort station facility.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Economy (10 km)

    • Cobequid Interpretive Center

    Parrsboro (23 km)

    • Fundy Geological Museum
    • Ottawa House Museum
    • The Ship's Company Theatre

    Joggins (65 km)

    • UNESCO World HeritageSite Fossil Cliffs Museum

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


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  • Graves Island

    Visitor Notice

    A new electronic entrance gate system is now in place. Campers will be charged a $3 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 refund.

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: May 19 to October 9
    Park contact number: (902) 275-4425
    Civic address: 230 Graves Island Road, East Chester, NS

    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.

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    Facilities and Services

    Graves Island offers a 95 site campground, including 81 open (33 water and electric sites), and 14 wooded.

    The park also has walking trails, picnic area, swimming area and boat launch. The campground has water outlets and a trailer dump station.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Lunenburg (44 km)

    • DesBrisay Museum
    • Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
    • Knaut Rhuland House Museum

    New Ross (40 km)

    • Ross Farm Museum

    Queensland Beach Provincial Park

    Cleveland Beach Provincial Park

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

  • Groves Point

    Cape Breton

    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.

    Address: 1055 Hillside Boularderie Road, Groves Point.
    County: Cape Breton
    Size: 4.64 ha (11.47 ac)
    GPS: N46 13.905 W60 20.746
  • Irish Cove

    Cape Breton

    Located on a hill overlooking Bras d' Or Lake, this site offers a short trail and scenic views. Located 32 km (20 mi) northeast of St. Peter's.

    Address:  16165 Hwy 4, Irish Cove.
    County: Richmond
    Size: 1.08 ha (2.66 ac)
    GPS: N45 48.901 W60 41.537
  • 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.
  • Laurie

    Visitor Notice

    Entry to the park requires a gate access code. If you arrive at the park without an access code, please call 1-888-544-3434 or use the yellow phone at the park kiosk. Be prepared to provide your reservation information to obtain the gate code.

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 9 to September 11
    Civic address: 4949 Hwy 2, Grand Lake, NS

    Only minutes from metro Halifax/Dartmouth, Laurie Provincial Park is the perfect escape from the urban rush, yet the park is close enough for day trips in to visit the many attractions found in the metro area. The quiet lakeside setting offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities including camping, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, and swimming. Please note that this park is a self-registration park.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    The park has 63 wooded campsites, 1 serviced site for campground host, a large picnic area, and trailer dump station. There is a small unsupervised beach on Shubenacadie-Grand Lake. Oakfield Provincial Park, just a few kilometers north, offers a large open picnic area, boat launch and beautiful sand beach ideal for family swimming.

    No check-in for campers prior to 1:00 PM

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Enfield (10 km)

    • Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum
    • Halifax Stanfield International Airport
    • Knaut Rhuland House Museum

    Dartmouth (20 km)

    • Shubenacadie Canal/Fairbanks Centre

    Halifax (25 km)

    • Citadel, Museums, Province House
    • Public Gardens
    • Sports Hall of Fame

    Shubenacadie

    • Provincial Wildlife Park

     

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

     

  • Mavillette Beach

    Yarmouth & Acadian Shores

    A 1.5 km (1 mi) long sandy beach backed by fragile marram grass-covered dunes. Extensive sand flats exposed at low tide. Supervised swimming (July-August STC). Please use boardwalks to protect the dunes when accessing the beach. No picnic tables.

    Address: 295,336,395 John Doucette Road, Mavillette
    County: Digby
    Size: 43.06 ha (106.40 ac)
    GPS: N44 05.369 W66 11.448
  • 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

    Visitor Notice

    A new electronic entrance gate system is now 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.

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 2 to October 16
    Park contact number: (902) 563-3373
    Civic address: 439 Brickyard Road, Albert Bridge, NS

    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. It is close enough for day trips into the city or the many attractions found in the area..

    The quiet water-side setting offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities including camping, walking, boating, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, and swimming.

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    Facilities and Services

    The park has 156 campsites, 51 open (44 water and electric sites), 40 Partially Wooded (15 water and electric), 65 Wooded. The park has a picnic area, a boat launch, and a trailer dump station. The large unsupervised beach is ideal for families to play.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Louisbourg (12 km)

    • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    Marion Bridge (25 km)

    • Two Rivers Wildlife Park

    Glace Bay (30 km)

    • Marconi National Historic Site
    • Miners Museum

    Sydney (22 km)

    • Cossitt House Museum

     

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


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  • 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
  • Petersfield

    Cape Breton

    This park has a significant cultural history as it contains remnants of four cultural periods, dating from the late 18th to mid-20th centuries. Explore the 7 km (4.5 mi) of trails. Open for winter activities, although no facilities or services are provided.

    Address: 1126 Westmount Road, Sydney.
    County: Cape Breton
    Size: 22.81 ha (56.36 ac)
    GPS: N46 08.632 W60 13.439
  • Point Michaud Beach

    Cape Breton

    A 3 km (2 mi) sandy beach, backed by marram-covered sand dunes and large cranberry bogs. Supervised swimming (July – August/STC). Some surfing opportunities.

    Address:  3796 Hwy 247, Point Michaud
    County: Richmond
    Size: 60.60 ha (149.75 ac)
    GPS: N45 35.533 W60 40.805
  • Porters Lake

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: May 19 to October 9
    Civic address: 1160 West Porters Lake Road, Porters Lake, NS

    Only minutes from metropolitan Halifax/Dartmouth, Porters Lake Provincial Park is the perfect escape from the urban rush, yet the park is close enough for day trips to visit the many attractions found in the metro area. The quiet lakeside setting offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities including camping, boating, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, and swimming.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    Porters Lake Provincial Park has 80 campsites, 10 open (water and electric sites), 70 Partially Wooded, a picnic area, boat launch, unsupervised beach, and a trailer dump station. Most sites are surrounded by shrubs and bushes making them quite private.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Porters Lake (5 km)

    • Old Hall Wilderness Heritage Centre

    Musquodoboit Harbour (21 km)

    • Musquodoboit Railway Museum

    Shearwater/Eastern Passage (32 km)

    • Fisherman's Cove
    • Shearwater Aviation Museum

    Jeddore Oyster Pond (33 km)

    • Fisherman's Life Museum

    Point Michaud Beach Prov. Park (18 km)

    Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park

    Martinique Beach Provincial Park

    Cole Harbour/Lawrencetown Coastal Heritage Park System

     

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


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  • 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
  • Rainbow Haven Beach

    Eastern Shore

    Rainbow Haven Beach is popular with families looking to have a day of fun at the beach. There is supervised swimming (July – August/STC). Also a great place to fly a kite.

    Address: Rainbow Haven Beach -- 2248 Cow Bay Road (Hwy 322), Cow Bay.
    County: Halifax
    GPS: N44 38.861 W63 25.416
  • Rissers Beach

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: May 19 to October 9
    Park contact number: (902) 688-2034
    Civic address: 5366 Hwy 331, Petite Riviere, NS

    Whether you want to swim, search for sea shells, or just spend the day relaxing in the sun, Rissers Beach Provincial Park offers every kind of recreational opportunity available at the seaside.

    Some of the features of the park include a kilometre long white sand beach and Interpretation Centre and boardwalk along an inland marsh.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    The park offers two campgrounds with 50 open (19 water and electric sites), 17 partially wooded, and 32 wooded campsites. The park also features picnic areas, and a large supervised beach. There is a canteen and change house with showers adjacent to the beach. Both campgrounds have water outlets and trailer dump stations. The North Rissers campground, while not on the ocean, offers washrooms with showers and a playground.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Bridgewater (30 km)

    • DesBrisay Museum
    • Wile Carding Mill

    Liverpool (50 km)

    • Hank Snow Country Music Centre
    • Perkins House Museum

    Lunenburg (50 km)

    • Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

     

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


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  • 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

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 9 to September 11
    Civic address: 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 and enjoy day trips along the Marine Drive. Please note that this park is a self-registration park.

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    Facilities and Services

    Salsman Provincial Park offers 40 well manicured campsites, a picnic area, boat launch, and trailer dump station.

    Although there are no electrical hookups, water and vault toilets are conveniently located throughout the campground. Accessible flush toilets and showers are available.

     

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017. See Reservations for details and conditions.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Goldborough (17 km)

    • Sable Gas Plant

    Sherbrooke (45 km)

    • Sherbrooke Village

    Antigonish (65 km)

    Tor Bay Provincial Park

     

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

    • Heritage Museum
    • Festival Antigonish

     

  • Salt Springs

    Northumberland Shore

    Nestled against the banks of the West River, this park makes a great rest stop for travellers. Picnic just off the highway, or down by the river. Unsupervised swimming at the river. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing. Located just off Hwy 104, Exit 19, 17 km (10 mi) west of New Glasgow.

    Address: 2532 Hwy 4, Salt Springs.
    County: Pictou
    Size: 28.87 ha (71.34 ac)
    GPS: N45 32.696 W62 52.772
  • Sand Hills Beach

    South Shore

    A 2.5 km (1.5 mi) white-sand beach. The sand flat warms at low tide and then warms the incoming tide for swimming. Spectacular dune system backs the beach. Please use boardwalks and marked paths to protect the dune system. Popular bird watching area. Located about 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Hwy 103, Exit 29.

    Address: 28 Sand Hills Beach Park Rd., Villagedale.
    County: Shelburne
    Size: 94.61 ha (233.79 ac)
    GPS: N43 31.585 W65 32.738
  • Shinimicas

    Northumberland Shore

    A small picnic park located under stately elms along the banks of the Shinimicas River. Located 1 km (0.5 mi) east of Shinimicas Bridge.

    Address: 5252 Highway 6, Shinimicas.
    County: Cumberland
    Size: 6.95 ha (17.17 ac)
    GPS: N45 52.332 W63 54.557
  • Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park

    Fundy Shore

    Set in natural woodlands this park is home to more than 30 native animals and birds, as well as a few exotics. Static and interactive displays are housed in an interpretive centre. On the same site is the Greenwing Legacy Interpretation Centre which features displays on waterfowl and wetlands developed in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited Canada. Well groomed trails meander around a picturesque wetland. Pathways through the park allow easy access of strollers and wheelchairs. Ample parking.

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    Address: 149 Creighton Road, Shubenacadie.
    Size: 20.23 ha (50 ac)
    GPS: N45 05.570 W63 23.576
  • Smileys

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 9 to September 18
    Civic address: 109 Clayton McKay Road, Hwy 14, Brooklyn, NS

    Located close to the town of Windsor, Smileys Provincial Park is a quiet campground on the Meander River offers easy access to the many cultural and natural attractions in the area. Please note that this park is a self-registration park.

    The areas abundant gypsum deposits have influenced the landscape and vegetation in and around the park. Campsites are nestled into a mix of forest and farmland habitats. Nodding trillium, ostrich fern, black-eyed susans can be found throughout the area.

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    Facilities and Services

    Smileys Provincial Park offers an 86 site campground, picnic area, playground and walking trails. The campground has water outlets and a trailer dump station as well as a heated comfort station with flush toilets.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. 

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Windsor (24 km)

    • Hockey Heritage Centre
    • Museums & Theatres

    Mount Uniacke (26 km)

    • Uniacke Estate Museum & Park
    • Bell Park Hiking Trail

    Halifax (65 km)

    • Halifax Citadel, Museums, Public Gardens

     

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


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  • Smugglers Cove

    Yarmouth & Acadian Shores

    Picturesque day-use park overlooking a small cove reputedly used by rum runners in the early 1900s. The cove fills with water at high tide but can be reached during low tide. Geocaching opportunities.

    Address: 7651 Hwy 1, Meteghan.
    County: Digby
    Size: 7.74 ha (19.13 ac)
    GPS: N44 10.224 W66 10.851
  • Taylor Head

    Eastern Shore

    Located southwest of Sheet Harbour, this park occupies a rugged wind swept peninsula that juts 6 km (3.7 mi) into the Atlantic Ocean. The park's hiking trails provide access to a variety of natural aspects, interesting geological features, wildlife habitat, scenic lookoffs, secluded beaches and 16 km (10 mi.) of unspoiled coastline. As with other extensive trail networks, park users are advised to advise someone of where they are and when they plan to return home. Hikers should wear sturdy footwear and dress in layers to adapt to changing weather conditions. Remember to respect this natural area: keep dogs leashed and pack out all garbage. Friends of Taylor Head Provincial Park take an active part in overseeing park activities and offer public events such as hikes from June to December. Some cross country skiing opportunities in winter.

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    Address: 20140 Hwy 7, Spry Bay.
    County: Halifax
    Size:  855.95 ha (2115.09 ac)
    GPS: N44 50.675 W62 34.889
  • The Islands

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 9 to October 9
    Civic address: 183 Barracks Road (off Hwy 3), Shelburne, NS

    Just across the harbour from the historic town of Shelburne, The Islands Provincial Park offers a restful stop on your trip around the South Shore. Bounded by Shelburne Harbour, it offers visitors a maritime camping experience. Shelburne's many museums, shops, and picturesque charm continue to attract thousands of international visitors each year. Please note that this park is a self-registration park.

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    Facilities and Services

    The Islands offers a 70-site campground, water outlets, two picnic areas, an unsupervised beach, boat launch, and trailer dump station.

    WiFi is available at the registration kiosk and surrounding area.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Shelburne (3 km)

    • Museum & Roseway River Trail

    Birchtown (5 km)

    • Black Loyalist Heritage Center

    Barrington (25 km)

    • Woolen Mill Museum

    Pubnico (45 km)

    • Le Musée Acadien

     

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


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  • Thomas Raddall

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: May 19 to October 9
    Park contact number: (902) 683-2664
    Civic address: 529 Raddall Park Road, NS

    Overlooking Port Joli Harbour on Nova Scotia's South Shore, Thomas Radddall Provincial Park is a nature lovers' haven. The park is just across the harbour from Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct National Park, and there are four migratory seabird sanctuaries nearby.

    With over 650 ha (1,600 acres) the park offers visitors a wide range of outdoor experiences, including hiking, camping, picnicing, sight seeing, or relaxing on the beach.

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    Facilities and Services

    Thomas Raddall Provincial Park offers a large campground with a total of 82 sites (13 walk-in), picnic areas, and three unsupervised beaches. It also features both walk-in and drive-up camping sites, beautiful white sand beaches, and walking and cycling trails.

    Walk-in tenting options:

    Coastal Loop - tenting area overlooks a "Freshwater Fen" close to the camper beach (150m). It is accessed by a multi use trail.

    Woodland Site - in tenting area offers a more enclosed or secluded feeling, it is situated on the coastal lowland area of the park but a little further inland.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Liverpool (32 km)

    • Hank Snow Country Music Centre
    • Liverpool Historical Walking Tours
    • Perkins House Museum

    Shelburne (32 km)

    • The Dory Shop Museum (40 km)
    • Black Loyalists Heritage Society (45 km)

    Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct (10 km)

    Liverpool Golf & Country Club (17 km)

    Summerville Beach Provincial Park

     

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


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  • Valleyview

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 9 to October 9
    Park contact number: (902) 665-2559
    Civic address: 960 Hampton Mountain Road, Bridgetown, NS

    Valleyview Provincial Park offers a quiet woodland setting overlooking the Annapolis Valley. The park is within easy traveling distance of the Fundy Coast and communities along Route 1.

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    The park offers a 30 site campground and picnic area. It also features an interpretive site overlooking the breadth of the Valley below.

    WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Annapolis Royal (23 km)

    • Historic Sites & Gardens
    • Tidal Power Project
    • Golf courses (2)

    St. Peter's Area

    • St. Peter's Canal (adjoining)
    • Nicolas Denys Museum (1.5 km)
    • Wallace MacAskill Museum (2 km)

    Upper Clements Theme Park (30 km)

    Port Royal National Historic Site (33 km)

    Aylesford (40 km)

    • Oaklawn Farm Zoo

     

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


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  • Waterside Beach

    Northumberland Shore

    Long sandy beach with warm water, and salt marsh. Seldom crowded. Boardwalk access to the beach. Located 3 km (2 mi) north of Route 6, east of Caribou River.

    Address: 649 R. Grant Road, Caribou River.
    County: Pictou
    Size: 95.71 ha (236.5 ac)
    GPS: N45 45.544 W62 46.585
  • Whycocomagh

    Park Info

    2017 Season Dates: June 9 to October 16
    Civic address: 89 Provincial Park Road, Whycocomagh, NS

    Occupying a dramatic hillside overlooking the Skye River Valley and the Bras d' Or Lake, the park offers a quiet scenic setting for camping, picnicing, hiking, and access to the Bras d' Or Lake. From the park, eagles maybe seen soaring above the lake or perched in trees along its shores. Please note that this park is a self-registration park

    Reserve a campsite

    Facilities and Services

    Whycocomagh Provincial Park offers a 40-site campground including some sites with electrical and water hookups, picnic areas, lake access and over 5 km of hiking trails. Yurts are now available. Yurts can be reserved for a fee of $59.95 per night for up to four people and $10 for each additional person. Yurts hold a maximum of six people.

    WiFi is available at the registration kiosk and surrounding area.

    Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2017.

     

    Nearby Attractions

     

    Orangedale (12 km)

    • Railway Museum

    Baddeck (35 km)

    • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

    Inverness (40 km)

    • Horse Racing

    Iona (40 km)

    • Highland Village Museum

    Canso Causeway (50 km)

     

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


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