Walk-in Camping

  • 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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  • 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.

    See more about hiking at Cape Chignecto

    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.

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    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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  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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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  • 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.

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    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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  • 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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