Hiking Trails

  • Amherst Shore

    Open June 5th to October 12th, 2020
    6596 Hwy 366, Amherst Shore, NS
    Telephone: (902) 661-6002
    On the shore of the Northumberland Strait, offering an attractive mixed woodland setting for camping with some of the warmest saltwater swimming north of the Carolinas.
    Facilities and Services
    • 42 Campsites
    • 30 Serviced Sites 
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trails
    • Beach access (unsupervised)
    • WiFi available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.
    Nearby Attractions
    • Cumberland County Museum, Amherst
    • Thinkers Lodge National Historic Site, Pugwash
    • Tidnish Information & Interpretive Centre, Tidnish Bridge
    • Wild Blueberry & Maple Centre, Oxford


  • 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
  • Battery

    Open June 5th to October 19th, 2020
    10110 Hwy 4, St. Peter's
    Telephone: (902) 535-3094
    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. 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.
    Facilities and Services
    • 53 Campsites
    • 21 Serviced Sites 
    • 8 Walk In Sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trails
    • Beach access (unsupervised)
    • WiFi available at  the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.
    Nearby Attractions
    • St. Peter's Canal (adjoining)
    • Nicolas Denys Museum, St. Peter's
    • Wallace MacAskill Museum, St. Peter's
    • Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Beaver Mountain

    Northumberland Shore

    This park offers an impressive view of Antigonish County and Cape Breton Island. Trail system is 6 km (3.5 mi) long providing leisurely paved walkways as well as fairly challenging unpaved hills great in winter for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. No facilities in winter; parking at the gate only. Located in James River 2.5 km (1.5 mi) south. Exit 30, Highway 104.

    Address: 472 Beaver Meadow Road, James River.
    County: Antigonish
    Size: 136.31 ha (336.83 ac)
    GPS: N45 34.048 W62 09.229
  • Ben Eoin

    Cape Breton

    Small secluded site on an old farm against hardwood-covered hill. A short walk leads to a lookoff with a view of East Bay.

    Address: 5549 Highway 4, Ben Eoin.
    County: Cape Breton
    Size: 90.16 ha (222.79 ac)
    GPS: N45 57.750 W60 27.650
  • Black Duck Cove

    Eastern Shore

    A community managed day-use park with a small sandy beach and a 3.5 km (2.2 mi.) shoreline walking trail.

    Address: 1409 Dover Road, Little Dover
    County: Guysborough
    Size: 137.14 ha (338.88 ac)
    GPS: N45 16.602 W61 01.964
  • Blomidon

    Open May 15th to October 12th, 2020
    3138 Pereau Road, Canning, NS
    Telephone: (902) 582-7319
    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.
    Facilities and Services
    • 77 Campsites
    • Group Camping Sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Beach access (unsupervised)
    • Wi-Fi available
    • Self-registration from Sept 5th to Oct 12th
    Nearby Attractions
    • Randall House Historical Museum, Wolfville
    • Prescott House Museum, Starrs Point
    • Acadia University Botanical Gardens, Wolfville
    • Grand Pré National Historic Site, Grand Pré


  • Cabots Landing

    Cape Breton

    Perched on the shore of Aspy Bay, this site features scenic vistas of the steep face of the Pollets Cove-Aspy Fault Wilderness Area. Provides access to 3 km beach walk. A National Historic Site cairn commemorates the landing of explorer John Cabot. Located in Sugarloaf, Victoria County, 10 km (6 mi.) north of the Cabot Trail.

    Address: 1904 Bay St. Lawrence Road, Sugarloaf.
    County: Victoria
    Size: 8.63 ha (21.32 ac)
    GPS: N46 56.635 W60 28.007
  • Cape Chignecto

    Open May 15th to October 12th, 2020
    1108 West Advocate Road, Advocate Harbour, NS
    Telephone: (902) 392-2085 when park is open
    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 60 km (37 mi) of wilderness trails and remote walk-in campsites.
    Facilities and Services
    • There are no drive-up sites in the park.
    • 80 Walk-in sites
    • Group Camping Site
    • Backcountry Hiking sites
    • Backcountry Kayaking sites (12)
    • 3 Cabins & 1 Bunkhouse
    • Hiking Trails
    • Beach Access (Unsupervised)
    Before You Arrive
    • Cape Chignecto is a backcountry trail and camping experience.
      • The park offers a 52 km (32 mi) coastal loop, rated as Difficult.
        • A 3-night stay is recommended to complete the loop.
    • Know your capabilities and come prepared for the season.
    • Be aware of tide times when planning your trip.
    Campgrounds and Backcountry Sites
    • New Yarmouth Campground
      • 28 walk-in sites accessed via a multi-use/service trail
        • connect with high quality front-country hiking trails (and backcountry trails)
        • several hiking opportunities available using these sites as a base camp
      • walk-in sites accessible from parking lot and/or drop off area
        • parking lot is 300 m from first site; drop off area is 75 m from first site
      • a 3-5 person walk-in group site is adjacent to the drop off area
      • centralized pit privies and woodshed
      • each site has fire grill and is well buffered from the others
    • Backcountry Sites (Hike In)
      • only accessible from trailhead at Red Rocks
      • coastal trail includes physically challenging conditions
      • users should be physically fit and able to carry equipment appropriate for wilderness travel
    • Backcountry Kayaking Sites
      • available at Refugee Cove and Seal Cove
    • There are no drive-up sites at Cape Chignecto.
      • Please call (902) 392-2085 for more info on a community-operated campground 5 km east of the park.
    Wilderness Cabins and Bunkhouse
    • Situated on coastal trail
    • No power or running water
    • Reservable through the toll-free reservation line (1-888-544-3434)
    Arch Gulch Cabin*
    4 Double Bunks
    Big Bald Rock
    4 Double Bunks
    Seal Cove/Carey Brook
    4 Double Bunks
    Eatonville Bunkhouse
    8 Single Bunks
    *located 9 km from Visitor Centre on coastal trail
    Nearby Attractions
    • Cape d'Or
    • Age of Sail Heritage Centre, Port Greville
    • Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro
    • Ottawa House Museum, Parrsboro
    • UNESCO World Heritage Site Fossil Cliffs & Interpretive Centre, Joggins

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

  • Cape Smokey

    Cape Breton

    Located on top of Smokey Mountain and offering spectacular coastal views, this is a popular rest stop for those traveling the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park areas. A 10 km (6.2 mi) return trail provides more exciting views and photo opportunities. Allow four hours to hike the trail.

    Address: 40301 Cabot Trail, Cape Smokey.
    County: Victoria
    Size: 717.96 ha (1774.11 ac)
    GPS: N46 35.687 W60 22.779
  • Cape Split

    Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

    An iconic provincial coastal landmark overlooking Bay of Fundy and its mesmerizing tides. Enjoy a moderately challenging backcountry hike as the trail opens out to a lookoff 60 metres (200 ft.) above the rugged coast of the bay. The trail is about 6.5 km (4 mi.) one way and hikers should plan on 5 hours to hours to make the return trip.

    Prior to heading out on the trail, users are advised to tell someone where they are and when they expect to return home. Users are advised to stay on the trail. Cliffs are actively eroding and unstable so keep well back from the edge. Shoreline exploration is NOT recommended as incoming tides are fast, strong and unpredictable. Plan to return to the trailhead before dusk. Remember it will get dark earlier on the trail under the dense canopy of trees.

    Hikers should wear sturdy footwear and layered clothing as weather and temperatures can change quickly. Carry plenty of drinking water and bring along snacks and sun protection. Please respect this natural area. Pack out all garbage and keep pets leashed at all times. Toilets are located at the trailhead with two seasonal composting toilets located 2 km along the trail so plan accordingly. No campfires, no camping, and no hunting. The park is not staffed so users must call 911 in case of an emergency. Open year round from dawn until dusk daily.

    Address: 999 Cape Split Road, Scots Bay
    County: Kings
    Size: 447 ha (1104 ac)
    GPS: N45 18.880 W64 25.755
  • Central Grove

    Fundy Shore

    Located about half-way down Long Island in Digby County, this is a popular rest spot for those travelling to Brier Island. Walk the the 0.8 km (0.5 mi) trail to great views of the Bay of Fundy. Don’t forget your camera for shots of the rocky shoreline and wildlife you may see along the way.

    Address: 1731 Hwy 217, Central Grove.
    County: Digby
    Size: 12.62 ha (31.18 ac)
    GPS: N44 19.981 W66 16.281
  • 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
  • Cole Harbour - Lawrencetown

    Eastern Shore

    Provincially and regionally significant coastal park system; includes regionally significant beach parks, proximity to rails to trails corridor, Trans Canada Trail passes through Cole Harbour Heritage Park. Beaches feature sand and cobble stretches on the Atlantic coast, with adjacent hiking trails.

  • Crystal Crescent Beach

    Halifax Metro

    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.

    Address: 223 Sambro Creek Road., Sambro
    County: Halifax
    Size: 538.89 ha (1331.63 ac)
    GPS: N44 28.307 W63 37.364
  • Dalem Lake

    Cape Breton

    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.

    Address: 220 New Dominion Road.
    County: Victoria
    Size: 47.72 ha (117.92 ac)
    GPS: N46 15.000 W60 25.236
  • 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
  • Eatonville (day-use area of Cape Chignecto)

    Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

    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. One trail will take you to the iconic Three Sisters sea stacks, while the second trail leads to Squally Point. The trails are in good condition and suitable for most ages and abilities. Please note the interpretive centre is not open. Pack out all garbage and keep dogs leashed. Make this day-use area part of your itinerary when you visit the nearby Fossil Cliffs at Joggins, Cape D’Or, or the Fundy geological Museum at Parrsboro.

    Address: 2375 Eatonville Road, Eatonville
    County: Cumberland
    GPS: N45 25 18.12 W64 53 40.69
  • 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.

  • Five Islands

    Open June 5th to October 12th, 2020
    618 Bentley Branch Road (Hwy 2), Five Islands, NS
    Telephone: (902) 254-2980
    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.
    Facilities and Services
    • 92 Campsites
    • 35 Serviced Sites (water & electrical)
    • 10 Walk In Sites
    • Group Camping Sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trails
    • Beach access (unsupervised)
    • Limited WiFi available
    Nearby Attractions
    • Cobequid Interpretive Center, Economy
    • Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro
    • Ottawa House Museum, Parrsboro
    • The Ship's Company Theatre, Parrsboro
    • UNESCO World HeritageSite Fossil Cliffs Museum, Joggins
  • 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
  • Jerry Lawrence

    Halifax Metro

    A day use park providing access for seniors and those with disabilities. Drive-in picnic areas, barrier-free vault toilets, fishing pier and accessible trails that provide a connection to the St. Margarets Bay Rails to Trails. The park is bordered by Lewis Lake and Round Lake. The latter is stocked several times throughout the season with brook and rainbow trout.

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    Address: 4775 St. Margaret's Bay Rd (Hwy 3) Upper Tantallon.
    County: Halifax
    Size: 746.92 ha (1845.68 ac) 746.92 ha (1845.68 ac)
    GPS: N44 41.173 W63 51.442.
  • Lawrencetown Beach

    Eastern Shore

    Lawrencetown Beach is noted for its surf, and is a mainstay of surfers living here or visiting the province. Surfing instruction and outfitters located near the park. There is supervised swimming (July – August/STC). Strong rip tides and currents are common - swimmers must exercise caution. Provincially and regionally significant coastal park system; includes regionally significant beach parks, proximity to rails to trails corridor, Trans Canada Trail passes through Cole Harbour Heritage Park

    Address: Lawrencetown Beach - 4348 Lawrencetown Road, Lawrencetown. GPS: N44 38.688 W63 20.706;
    County: Halifax
    Size: 747 ha (1845 ac)
    GPS: N44 38.688 W63 20.706;
    Lawrencetown Beach
  • 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
  • MacElmons Pond

    Fundy Shore

    Park is adjacent to a headpond and wildlife management area. The rich waters of the headpond support a small population of American widgeon as well as being an important staging area for migratory waterfowl. A 1 km (1/2 mi) trail meanders through old fields, pine forest and alongside the lake.

    Address: 219 MacElmon Road, Lower Onslow.
    County: Colchester
    Size: 7.24 ha (17.89 ac)
    GPS: N45 23.459 W63 25.677
  • McNabs and Lawlor Islands

    Halifax Metro

    Located at the mouth of Halifax Harbour, the park carries visitors back in time, and back to nature. Just a short boat trip (commercial providers offer service) from various points in the metro area. Military and history buffs, birders, and hikers will be enthralled with this park’s intriguing past and beautiful natural surroundings so close to the dynamic downtown. Approximately 22 km (14 mi) of trails. The Friends of McNabs Island play a key role in encouraging visitors to experience the park. Visitors must bring their own drinking water and food.

    County: Halifax
    Size: 484.67 ha (1197.65 ac)
    GPS: N44 37.334 W63 32.350
  • Mickey Hill

    Bay of Fundy/Annapolis Valley

    Popular system of graveled hiking trails along Lambs Lake. The park features boardwalks in rough areas and staircases through rocks. There is a picnic area on the river, as well as an unsupervised beach on the lake. Cross-country skiing is available in the winter months. No facilities in off season and parking at the gate only. Located 5 km (3 mi) south of Highway 101, Exit 22.

    Address: 7956 Hwy 8, Graywood.
    County: Annapolis
    Size: 72.93 ha (180.21 ac)
    GPS: N44 43.955 W65 29.602
  • North River

    Oregon Rd, North River

    This park has 18 kms of trails providing access to a spectacular steep-sided river canyon with deep salmon pools that leads to a beautiful 32 metre (104 foot) waterfall. Located 3.5 km off the Cabot Trail at North River bridge.

    Address: Oregon Rd, North River
    County: Victoria
    GPS: N46.318150 W60.660563
  • 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
  • Pomquet Beach

    Northumberland Shore

    This 3 km (2 mi) beach has the best example of dune succession in Nova Scotia with gentle slope and occasional sand bars. Supervised swimming (July – August/STC). There is a tea room near the park and a building where various summertime entertainments are held. Located about 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Hwy 104 between Exits 35 and 36.

    Address: 432 Pomquet Beach Road, Pomquet.
    County: Antigonish
    Size: 164.14 ha (405.60 ac)
    GPS: N45 38.691 W61 49.285
  • Port Hood Station

    Cape Breton

    Popular picnic spot with a cobble beach and adjacent to white sand beach.

    Address: 8657 Hwy 19, Port Hood.
    County: Inverness
    Size: 16.38 ha (40.47 ac)
    GPS: N46 00.191 W61 31.797
  • Port L’Hebert

    South Shore

    Park features a 2.1 km (1.3 mi.) looped trail through hardwoods and granite boulders left by retreating glaciers. Trail provides a pleasant walk to an attractive view of the coast. Site is adjacent a federal migratory bird sanctuary and near Thomas Raddall Provincial Park and Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Adjunct. Located about 25 minutes south of Liverpool.

    Address: 11183 Hwy 103, Granite Village.
    County: Queens
    Size: 70.97 ha (175.44 ac)
    GPS: N43 52.488 W64 57.824
  • 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
  • Rissers Beach

    Open May 15th to October 12th, 2020
     5366 Hwy 331, Crescent Beach, NS
    Telephone: (902) 688-2034
    Whether you want to swim, search for sea shells, or just spend the day relaxing in the sun, Rissers Beach Provincial Park offers a kilometre long white sand beach and boardwalk along an inland marsh.
    Facilities and Services
    • 99 Campsites (North Rissers & Little Rissers)
    • 19 Serviced Campsites (water & electrical)
    • 6 Walk In sites
    • Group Camping Sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trails
    • Supervised Beach (July & August)
    • Change house with showers adjacent to beach
    • WiFi available (limited)
    Nearby Attractions
    • DesBrisay Museum, Bridgewater
    • Hank Snow Country Music Centre, Liverpool
    • Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg
  • 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
  • Sackville Lakes

    Halifax Metro

    A natural environment park offering an attractive forest setting in a near-urban area for walking and hiking as well as lake access for canoeing or kayaking. Trail development and management by a community group.

    Address: 440 First Lake Drive, Lower Sackville.
    County: Halifax
    Size:  283.28 ha (699 ac)
    GPS: N44 46.146 W63 39.028
  • 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
  • Shubenacadie Canal and Waterway

    Halifax Metro

    A collection of five separate properties along the historic Shubenacadie Canal system that reflect historic civil engineering accomplishments. Fairbanks Centre provides interpretation of the Shubenacadie River system.

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    Address: 54 Locks Road, Dartmouth
    County: Halifax
    Size: 7.44 ha (18.38 ac)
  • 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

    Open June 5th to September 21st, 2020
    109 Clayton McKay Road, Hwy 14, Brooklyn, NS
    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.
    Facilities and Services
    • 81 Campsites
    • Group Camping Sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trails
    • WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area.
    • self-registration park
    Nearby Attractions
    • Hockey Heritage Centre, Windsor
    • Uniacke Estate Museum & Park, Mount Uniacke
    • Museums & Theatres, Windsor
  • St Anns

    Cape Breton

    Scenic view overlooking a saltmarsh and bay. A 500 m trail meanders by the water offering opportunities to view various waterfowl and other birds.

    Address: 51475 Cabot Trail, St. Anns.
    County: Victoria
    Size:  4.27 ha (10.5 ac)
    GPS: N46 12.488 W60 37.358
  • 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
  • Thomas Raddall

    Open May 15th to October 12th, 2020
    529 Raddall Park Road, Port Joli, NS
    Telephone: (902) 683-2664
    Overlooking Port Joli Harbour on Nova Scotia's South Shore 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.
    Facilities and Services
    • 83 Campsites
    • 13 walk-in sites*
    • Group Camping Sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trails
    • Cycling Trails
    • 3 Unsupervised beaches
    • Limited WiFi Available
    *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.
    Nearby Attractions
    • The Dory Shop Museum, Shelburne
    • Perkins House Museum , Liverpool
    • Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct


  • Tidnish Dock

    Northumberland Shore

    This site marks the eastern terminus of the historic Chignecto Marine Transport Railway - one of Nova Scotia's most ambitious engineering projects. The project called for the construction of a 17 mile (28 km) long double-tracked railway from Fort Lawrence on the Bay of Fundy, across the isthmus to Tidnish Dock on the Northumberland Strait. Vessels were to be floated on huge wheeled cradles, which would be lifted by hydraulic presses to the level of the railway. The vessels would then be hauled across the isthmus. On the other side, vessel and cradle would be lowered into the water until the vessel floated free.

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    Address: 919 Tidnish Head Road, Tidnish.
    County: Cumberland
    Size: 9.32 ha (23 ac)
    GPS: N45 59.653 W64 00.667
  • Tor Bay

    Eastern Shore

    Picturesque picnic area on a rocky point looking out to the open Atlantic, 8 km (5 mi) south of Larry's River. Sweeping sand beaches; boardwalks and interpretive displays describing natural environment as well as historical significance of this site as landing point for first trans-Atlantic cable.

    Address: 650 Hwy 316, Tor Bay.
    County: Guysborough
    Size: 12.88 ha (31.83 ac)
    GPS: N45 11.275 W61 21.267
  • Uisge Bàn Falls

    Cape Breton

    The River Trail is closed until further notice. 

    Enjoy this 1.5 kilometre round trip hike amid beautiful hardwoods to a spectacular 15 m waterfall in a granite gorge. Located 14.5 kilometres (9 miles) north of Baddeck. From Highway 105, take Exit 9.

    Address: 715 North Branch Road, Baddeck Forks.
    County: Victoria
    Size: 147.49 ha (364.5 ac)
    GPS: N46 12.181 W60 46.580
  • Valleyview

    Open June 5th to October 12th, 2020
    960 Hampton Mountain Road, Bridgetown, NS
    Telephone: (902) 665-2559
    Quiet woodland setting overlooking the Annapolis Valley.
    Facilities and Services
    • 30 Campsites
    • 13 Serviced Campsites (electrical and water) sites 6, 7 & 20-30 
    • Group Campsites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trail
    • Picnic Area
    • Interpretive Look Off
    • WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.
    Nearby Attractions
    • Port Royal National Historic Site, Port Royal
    • French Basin Trail, Annapolis Royal
    • Upper Clements Theme Park, Annapolis Royal 
  • Wentworth

    Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley

    Scenic views all year round with a hardwood forest along a meandering river. Hike the trails connecting to Cobequid Mountain. Popular birdwatching location. Group use area. Cross country skiing or visit popular ski hill nearby.

    Address: 14160 Highway 4, Wentworth.
    County: Cumberland
    Size: 143.3 ha (354.10 ac)
    GPS: N45 37.782 W63 3.315
  • West Mabou Beach

    Cape Breton

    A large sand beach and dune system at the mouth of Mabou Harbour. Birding opportunities, and in winter, try cross-country skiing here.

    Address: 1757 Little Mabou Road, Mabou.
    County: Inverness
    Size: 275.26 ha (680.18 ac)
    GPS: N46 04.333 W61 28.952
  • Whycocomagh

    Open June 5th to October 19th, 2020
    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.
    Facilities and Services
    • 37 Campsites
    • 10 Serviced Campsites (water & electrical)
    • 3 Yurts*
    • Group Camping Sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking Trails
    • WiFi is available at the registration kiosk and surrounding area
    • self-registration park
    *Yurts $59.95 per night for up to four people and $10 for each additional person maximum of six people.
    Nearby Attractions
    • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
    • Cabot Trail
    • Highland Village Museum