Walk-in Camping

  • Battery

    Open June 7th to October 21st
    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
  • Cape Chignecto

    Open May 17th to October 14th
    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 55 km (34 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 55 km (34 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)
    Cabin/Bunkhouse
    Accomodation
    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.

  • Caribou-Munroes Island

    Open June 7th to October 14th
    2119 Three Brooks Road, Caribou, NS
    Telephone: (902) 485-6134
    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.
    Facilities and Services
    • 90 Campsites
    • 24 Serviced Sites (electrical hook up only)
    • 9 Walk In Sites
    • Group Camping
    • Comfort Station
    • Beach access (unsupervised)
    • Hiking Trail
    • WiFi available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist
    Nearby Attractions
    • Hector Heritage Quay, Pictou
    • McCulloch House Museum, Pictou
    • Northumberland Fisheries Museum, Pictou
    • Museum of Industry, Stellarton

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

     

  • Ellenwood Lake

    Open May 17th to October 14th
    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
    • 5 Walk In Sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Hiking trail
    • Beach access
    • Boat Launch
    • Self-Registration Sept 5th to Oct 14th
    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 7th to October 14th
    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 17th to October 14th
    230 Graves Island Road, East Chester, NS
    Telephone: (902) 275-4425
     
    Advisory: Graves Island is experiencing issues with the water system.  Staff are doing everything they can to address and maintain water supply to the loops and comfort station. 
     
    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
  • Laurie

    Open June 7th to September 9th
    4949 Hwy 2, Grand Lake, NS
    The quiet lakeside setting offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities including camping, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, and swimming
    Facilities and Services
    • 63 Campsites
    • 5 Walk In sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Shoreline access (unsupervised)
    • WiFi is available at the registration kiosk and surrounding area
    • self-registration park
    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.
    Nearby Attractions
    • Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum, Enfield
    • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax
    • Shubenacadie Canal, Dartmouth
  • Mira River

    Open May 31st to October 21st
    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 21st
    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
  • Porters Lake

    Open May 17th to October 14th
    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
  • Rissers Beach

    Open May 17th to October 14th
     5366 Hwy 331, Petite Riviere, 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
  • Thomas Raddall

    Open May 17th to October 14th
    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