Nova Scotia is, or should be, on everyone's travel wish list. Every part of it gives the tourist something different to experience. From warm, salty waters and luscious sandy beaches, to rocky coastlines and an abundance of wildlife that includes whales and hundreds of species of birds, there is something to behold for everyone. If you were wondering which parks to camp at, or what to do in the province, wonder no more. Below is a list of all of the parks on Nova Scotia, so finding that perfect holiday spot will be a lot easier.

Yarmouth & Acadian Shores Parks

The Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores are at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia. The region is full of fishing villages, beautiful old churches, and people who pride themselves in their Acadian ancestry.

Day use parks - Yarmouth & Acadian Shores

There are a few small day parks in the region. They are great for a stopover in your travels or a day of hiking and relaxation.

Smuggler's Cove Provincial Park

Smuggler's Cove is one of several small day parks.

  • Location: In the Acadian Shores Region, 7 km north of Mavillette.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.

Glenwood Provincial Park

  • Location: At Route 3 and Highway 103 near Glenwood.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: Rickers Lake is a peaceful picnic area. It's a great way to relax for the day.

Mavillette Beach Provincial Park

Mavillette is a great place for a leisurely walk on a sandy beach.

  • Location: In the Fundy Shore Region, 1.5 km west southwest of Mavillette.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: The long sandy beach is home to sand dunes and various hearty plantlife. Walk along the boardwalk, being aware of the tide times.

Port Maitland Beach Provincial Park

A great place for families, nature lovers and inspired artists.

  • Location: On the Yarmouth shores, near Port Maitland.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: Sand and cobble together make for a quaint, relaxing beach. With the nearby wharf and fishing boats, Port Maitland is practically perfect.

Camping and Day Use - Yarmouth & Acadian Shores

The region has one park that campers can use.

Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park

Ellenwood is surrounded by two lakes, where visitors can hike in beautiful forests and observe some of the hardiest and rarest plant life in the province.

  • Location: 19 km northeast of Yarmouth; 1.6 km south of Deerfield.
  • Use: Camping; Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Open from mid-May to early September. Check website for details.
  • Amenities: Picnic area; picnic shelter; boat launch; drinking water; sewage station; boat launch; playground; washrooms.
  • Activities: There are 87 campsites, and visitors can go boating, canoeing, and swimming. For anglers, the lakes are full of trout, pickerel and salmon.

Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley Region Parks

On the northwest portion of the island lies the Bay of Fundy and Annapolis Valley region. The Bay of Fundy is known for its untamed tides, and is a preferred spot for whale watching. The Annapolis Valley is rich with First Nations history.

Day use - Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley

There are 19 day parks, large and small, in the region.

Annapolis Basin Look Off

Enjoy the scenery in this beautiful spot.

  • Location: On the Fundy shore.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: There is an interpretive display for visitors interested in learning more about the area.

Anthony Provincial Park

The tidal waters make this a serene day park for visitors.

  • Location: On the shores of the Bay of Fundy.
  • Use: Day use
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: The park is a beautiful place to picnic. When the tide is low, visitors can take a stroll on the red sand, or wade in the warm water.

Caddell Rapids Lookoff

  • Location: On the Fundy Shore overlooking the Shubenacadie River.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: Visitors can bird watch, picnic and look at the fabulous view of the Shubenacadie River.

Central Grove Provincial Park

The rugged coast is a beautiful spot.

  • Location: On Highway 217, Long Island, Bay of Fundy.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Activities: The rocky shoreline at the park does not allow for any water activity, but it is a beautiful spot for wildlife viewing and photography.

Clairmont Provincial Park

Listen to the wind blow through the trees.

  • Location: Three km east of Kingston; off of Highway 101.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: There is a picnic spot to enjoy. The tall red pines are a wonder to behold.

Coldbrook Provincial Park

A small rest spot for the weary traveller.

  • Location: Off of Highway 101, near Kentville.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: The park is a picnic spot.

Cottage Cove Provincial Park

  • Location: In the Fundy Shore region, near Middleton.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.

Falls Lake Provincial Park

A little hideaway close to Vaughan.

  • Location: In the Fundy Shore Region, approximately 3.1 km north of Vaughan.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: A lovely little place for a picnic and a swim.

Lake George Provincial Park

A great place for the family to splash and play for a day of fun.

  • Location: In the Fundy Shore area; 24 km south of Berwick.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: Day visitors can picnic, and then swim in the freshwater.

Lake Midway Provincial Park

Enjoy everything this park has to offer.

  • Location: In the Fundy Shore area; on Route 217 approximately 27 km from Digby.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: Frolic near and in the water. Have a picnic in the beautiful surroundings.

Londonderry Provincial Park

Make sure to visit the memorial.

  • Location: In the Fundy Shore Region, off Highway 4 at Londonderry.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: The park is a memorial park that pays tribute to the mining and industrial past of the area. There is also a war memorial on site.

Lumsden Pond Provincial Park

Take a quick turn off the road to enjoy this spot.

  • Location: In the Fundy Shore Region, 12 km southwest of Wolfville.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: The park is a picnic spot easily accessible by road.

MacElmons Pond Provincial Park

Visit the park to experience the abundant wildlife.

  • Location: In the Fundy Shore Region, 6 km south of Debert. Off of Highway 104.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: There are hiking trails to enjoy. MacElmons Pond is home to a wildlife sanctuary.

Mickey Hill Provincial Park

A wonderful place to visit - summer or winter.

  • Location: 5 km south of Highway 101 in Annapolis County.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: In the summer, hike the trails along Lambs Lake. The park is also a great place to fish, swim, and in the winter, go snowshoeing or skiing.
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Newville Lake Provincial Park

Newville Lake is a glacial lake that is easy to get to.

  • Location: In the Fundy Shore Region; on Route 2 at Halway Brook.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: A well-treed picnic area. Peaceful surroundings by Newville Lake.

Savary Provincial Park

Walk the rugged coastline for a true ocean experience.

  • Location: In the Fundy Shore Region; 1 km northwest of Plympton.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: The rocky shoreline and the view over St. Mary's Bay are breathtaking.

Scots Bay Provincial Park

A small day park that is waiting for you.

  • Location: In the Fundy Shore and Annapolis Valley Region; on Route 358, 18 km east of Canning.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: Come for the day and have a family gathering.

Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park

Take a short drive from Halifax to this protected area.

  • Location: off Highway 102, Exit 11 at Stewiacke; 40 minutes away from Downtown Halifax.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Summer: open mid-May to mid-Octover; Winter: Open weekends only (October to May). See website for details.
  • Activities: The park is home to an assortment of wildlife, and is a protected area. Visitors to the park walk through the park to see close up animals such as coyotes, black bears and martens, and birdlife that includes coscoroba swans, peregrine falcons, and wild turkeys.

Wentworth Provincial Park

This is a day park that is close to a small campground.

  • Location: In the Fundy Shore and Annapolis Valley Region, on Highway 4 near Wentworth.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
  • Activities: The trails and pristine river are worth the visit.

Camping and Day Use - Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley

The Fundy Shore/Annapolis Valley region has 5 provincial parks that have camping facilities.

Blomidon Provincial Park

Hikers rejoice! Blomidon provides lots of opportunity to explore.

  • Location: At the Minas Basin in the Bay of Fundy
  • Use: Camping; day use.
  • Season/Hours: Open from mid-May to early September. Check website for details.
  • Amenities: picnic area; kitchen shelter. picnic area; playground; drinking water; kitchen shelter; washrooms.
  • Activities: Visitors can camp at one of the 70 campsites in the park. There are also spots for group campers. There are 14 km of hiking trails. Trails such as the Jodrey Trail lead to look off points with spectacular views, while others, such as the Woodland Trial, take walkers through forests and natural habitat.
  • Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

    High above the Bay of Fundy, visitors can enjoy spectacular views.

    • Location: Near Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia.
    • Use: Camping; Day use.
    • Season/Hours: Open from mid-May to early October. Check website for details.
    • Amenities: Picnic area; cabins; bunkhouse; pit toilets.
    • Activities: The park is a beautiful spot rising high above the Bay of Fundy. The flora and fauna are diverse, ranging from deep valleys to ancient forests. There are four campgrounds in the park - all accessible only by foot. There is also the opportunity to go backcountry camping. There are hiking trails throughout the park.

    Five Islands Provincial Park

    Campers can enjoy some rustic pleasures at Five Islands.

    • Location: 32 km east of Parrsboro; 57 km west of Truro, on Route 2.
    • Use: Camping; Day use.
    • Season/Hours: Open mid-June to mid-October. Check website for details.
    • Amenities: picnic area; comfort station.
    • Activities: The campground has 87 sites, and there is a playground for day visitors and campers. Swimmers have access to an unsupervised beach.

    Smileys Provincial Park

    Smileys is a family-friendly spot.

    • Location: 6.5 km east of Brooklyn, Hants County, off Route 14.
    • Use: Camping; Day use.
    • Season/Hours: Open mid-June to the end of September. Check website for exact dates.
    • Amenities: Picnic area; water; sewage station; comfort station; WiFi; playground; group camping; sewage station; drinking water; washrooms; picnic area; kitchen shelter
    • Activities: There are 86 campsites at the park.

    Valleyview Provincial Park

    Camp at one of the most beautiful campsites in the province.

    • Location: 3 km north of Bridgetown.
    • Use: Camping; Day use.
    • Season/Hours: Open mid-June to early September. Check website for exact dates.
    • Amenities: Picnic area; interpretive site; WiFi; wheelchair- accessible; drinking water; sewage station, washrooms; picnic area; kitchen shelter;
    • Activities: There are 30 campsites at the park. Make sure that you see the panoramic view of the valley from atop North Mountain.

    South Shore Region Parks

    The south shores of Nova Scotia are a treasure of fishing villages, lighthouses, and a rich history. The world-famous destinations of Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg are in this region.

    Day use - South Shore Region

    Bayswater Beach Provincial Park

    • Location: In Lunenburg County, near Bayswater.
    • Use: Day use.
    • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
    • Activities: Take a swim at the beach - white sand and clear (and usually cold) water. Rain won't threaten your family picnic because you can always take cover under one of the shelters on site.

    Bush Island Provincial Park

    Travel to Bush Island for a day full of surprises.

    • Location: Bush Island, Nova Scotia.
    • Use: Day use
    • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
    • Activities: The park has a boat launch, and is a special place for relaxing the day away.

    Camerons Brook Provincial Park

    A great place to fish.

    • Location: On the South Shore, about 40 km north of Liverpool.
    • Use: Day use.
    • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
    • Activities: Pine and hardwood trees give shade and solace to picnickers. Anglers and canoers can spend their time at Ponhook Lake.

    Card Lake Provincial Park

    Spend a day playing on the shore and in the water.

    • Location: 17 km north of Highway 103, near Chester.
    • Use: Day use.
    • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
    • Activities: The waters are great spots for boating or swimming

    Cleveland Beach Provincial Park

    Cleveland Beach is a quiet place to gather your thoughts.

    • Location: On the South Shore, in Hubbards.
    • Use: Day use.
    • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
    • Activities: There is an unsupervised beach for swimmers, and a picnic area.
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      Cookville Provincial Park

      A small picnic spot near the village of Cookville.

      • Location: In the South Shore region, near Cookville.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.

      East River Provincial Park

      Drive to the East River to enjoy this park.

      • Location: In the South Shore Region, off of Highway 103 near East River.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.

      Fancy Lake Provincial Park

      Bring your swimsuit and a picnic basket for an afternoon of fun.

      • Location: In the South Shore Region, approximately 2 km north of Conquerall Mills.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.

      Hubbards Provincial Park

      Spend the afternoon floating in Scotch Cove.

      • Location: In the South Shore Region; 5 km west of Chester.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Day visitors can picnic and boat on Scotch Cove.

      Ninevah Provincial Park

      Sit by the babbling brook and let your mind wander.

      • Location: In the South Shore Region near Colpton.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: A picnic area that is peacefully situated by a small brook and beneath oak and maple trees.

      Queensland Beach Provincial Park

      • Location: In the South Shore Region; 2 km northeast of Hubbards.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The beach is a popular destination, and visitors spend time sunning and swimming.

      Sable River Provincial Park

      This park is lush and full of plant life.

      • Location: In the South Shore Region, south of Highway 103, near Sable River.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: A place to relax, read a book, and listen to the waves.

      Sand Hills Beach Provincial Park

      Make sure you take off your shoes and stroll when you get here.

      • Location: In the South Shore Region; 6 km south of Hwy 103 near Villagedale.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The sand dunes and flats on the white sand beach are the main attractions at this park.

      Summerville Beach Provincial Park

      A day of beach fun is waiting for visitors.

      • Location: In the South Shores Region, off Route 3 at Summerville Centre.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.

      Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park

      A small park for a picnic.

      • Location: In the South Shore Region, 21 km north of Liverpool, on the shores of Ten Mile Lake.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.

      Second Peninsula Provincial Park

      Bring the family to this forested delight.

      • Location: 10 km south of Hwy 103, near Lunenburg.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Enjoy the scenery in this park, and have a picnic under the shade of spruce and fir.

      William deGarthe Provincial Park

      • Location: In the South Shore Region.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The park is a memorial park, commemorating the fishermen of the province.

      Camping and Day Use - South Shore Region

      Four provincial parks in the region are open for campers.

      Graves Island Provincial Park

      This area is great for hiking - marshy areas, beaches, and places only accessible by foot.

      • Location: Get to Graves Island via Route 3; the park is 3 km east of the village of Chester.
      • Use: Camping; Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Open from mid-June to mid-October. Check website for details.
      • Amenities: Picnic area; swimming area; water; sewage station; WiFi; drinking water; sewage station; boat launch; information centre; washrooms; playground;
      • Activities: Graves Island has a campground with 84 sites. There are well-groomed trails for hiking and biking.
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      Rissers Beach Provincial Park

      Families will enjoy the beaches, and nature lovers will enjoy the marshy areas.

      • Location: On Route 331, near Petite Rivière; 26 km south of Bridgewater.
      • Use: Camping; Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Open mid-May to mid-October. Check website for exact dates.
      • Amenities: Picnic areas; canteen; showers, water; sewage stations; playground; sewage station; drinking water; washrooms.
      • Activities: There are 97 partially-services campsites at the park, and a well-groomed picnic area. Visitors can swim at the supervised beach. There is a playground for children. Walk the boardwalk that stretches over the marsh.
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      The Islands Provincial Park

      Launch your boat into Shelbourne Harbour.

      • Location: On Nova Scotia's South Shore, on the west side of Shelburne Harbour, 1 km south of Highway 3.
      • Use: Camping; Day use.
      • Season/Hours: June 14 to Oct 14. Check website for exact dates.
      • Amenities: picnic area; boat launch; sewage station; water; WiFi; wheelchair-accessible; boat launch; picnic area; sewage station; washrooms; kitchen shelter
      • Activities: There are 70 campsites at the park.
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      Thomas Raddall Provincial Park

      Experience the wilderness by camping in one of the remote sites at the park.

      • Location: 4 km south of Highway 103; 29 km west of Liverpool, 41 km east of Shelburne.
      • Use: Camping; Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Open from mid-May to mid-October. Check website for exact dates.
      • Amenities: Picnic area; central washroom; pit toilets; sewage station; drinking water; washrooms; playground.
      • Activities: There are 82 campsites at the park. Thirteen of those sites are accessible only on foot. There are hiking and biking trails throughout the park.
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      Halifax Region Parks

      There are a number of parks that are in the Halifax metro area. The Halifax waterfront is a mainstay of the area, with a number of galleries and museums recalling the history of the area, and the many ships, including tall ships, gracing the harbour.

      Day use - Halifax Region

      There are five day parks in the Halifax region, and all put great focus on exhibiting the history of the province.

      Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park

      Take the family to this beautiful park.

      • Location: Approximately 1.3 km from Sambro Creek.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The park, besides being a picnic destination, is also popular with hikers and water lovers. There are three white sand beaches in the park.

      Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park

      A great place to hike with the family.

      • Location: Off Route 331; 14 km southwest of LaHave.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Day visitors can picnic, and hike on the trails around the park.

      McCormacks Beach Provincial Park

      Experience the beauty of the harbour, near two historic cities.

      • Location: At the mouth of Halifax Harbour, near Dartmouth.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Walk the boardwalk, and make sure you look out into the Halifax Harbour, the Eastern Passage and Lawlor's and Devil's Islands.

      McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park

      The park is a great place for visitors to see the abundant wildlife.

      • Location: 7 km south of Dartmouth, at the mouth of Halifax Harbour.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Enjoy the beauty of the park. Walk along the shoreline and observe the ships, the birds, seals and other wildlife.

      Oakfield Provincial Park

      Enjoy a leisurely hike around the lake.

      • Location: In the Halifax Metro Region; 9 km southeast of Enfield, on the shores of Shubenacadie-Grand Lake.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Visitors can boat and swim. Hikers will enjoy the many trails.

      Camping and Day Use - Halifax Region

      Laurie Provincial Park is the only park in the Halifax region that permits overnight camping.

      Laurie Provincial Park

      The park is a lovely area sitting on the shores of Shubenacadie-Grand Lake

      • Location: At Grand Lake on Route 2, 10 km north of Highway 102.
      • Use: Camping; Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Open from mid-June to early September. Check website for exact dates.
      • Amenities: Picnic area; sewage station; boat launch; WiFi. drinking water; sewage station; picnic area; washrooms.
      • Activities: 63 semi-serviced campsites are at the park. Swim at the beach on Shubenacadie-Grand Lake.
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      Eastern Shore Parks

      The Eastern Shores, with rugged coastlines and untamed beaches, is popular for kayaking, surfing and hiking.

      Day use - Eastern Shore Region

      There are 15 day use parks in the Eastern Shores Region.

      Black Duck Cove Provincial Park

      Hike and swim your day away.

      • Location: On the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, near Little Dover.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: A sandy beach awaits visitors. Hikers can walk along a shoreline trail.

      Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park

      • Location: On the Eastern Shore, at Lake Charlotte 10 km south of Route 10.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Sandy beach for swimming; picnic on a bluff.

      Elderbank Provincial Park

      Elderbank is a perfect place to spend a quiet day.

      • Location: In the Eastern Shore Region, 29 km north of Musquodoboit Harbour; near Elderbank.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Canoe down the lower Musquodoboit River. Then go to shore and have a lovely picnic lunch.

      Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park

      The ocean at its most untamed.

      • Location: In the Eastern Shore Region on Route 207; 5 km south of Lawrencetown; 26 km east of Halifax.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Surf's up at this popular spot. The beach is supervised, as the waters can get quite rough from the rip tides and currents.

      Lochiel Lake Provincial Park

      Enjoy lakeside fun all day.

      • Location: In the Eastern Shore Region on Lochiel Lake; 6 km northeast of Aspen.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Enjoy a picnic under the shade of the tall trees, with a view of Two-Mile Lake. Take a swim. Float a boat.

      Marie Joseph Provincial Park

      A great place to relax...

      • Location: In the Eastern Shores. 1.5 km west of Marie Joseph.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Sit in this picnic park and enjoy the panoramic views of the offshore islands and the rocky shore.

      Martinique Beach Provincial Park

      The natural environment of the park makes it a great place to view wildlife.

      • Location: In the Eastern Shores, 12 km south of Musquodoboit Harbour on East Petpeswick Road.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Walk on the boardwalk that protects the sand dunes. Hike through the park. The park is a great place to bird watch.

      Moose River Gold Mines Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Eastern Shores, by the Moose River Gold Mines; approximately 60 minutes drive from Dollar Lake Provincial Park.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The park, where visitors can picnic, is a marker of the site of the 1936 Moose River Mine Disaster.

      Musquodoboit Valley Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Eastern Shores, On Route 224; 42 km north of Route 7 in a field bordering the Musquodoboit River.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.

      Port Shoreham Beach Provincial Park

      The park is a great place for a family fun day.

      • Location: In the Eastern Shores Region. Off of Route 344, approximately 9 km from Boylston
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Walk along the sand and cobble beach. Have a picnic by the water.

      Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Eastern Shore Region, 8 km east of Cow Bay.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Nova Scotia has many sand and cobble beaches, and here is anther one to enjoy.

      Sherbrooke Provincial Park

      Enjoy all the beauty that the St. Mary's River has to offer.

      • Location: In the Eastern Shore Region; 1.7 km north of Sherbrooke Village.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Come for the day and have a picnic on the shores of the St. Mary's River.

      Spry Bay Provincial Park

      A small picnic area to enjoy.

      • Location: In the Eastern Shores Region outside of Spry Bay.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.

      Taylor Head Provincial Park

      Explore every part of this lovely park.

      • Location: In the Eastern Shore Region, on Route 7 southwest of Sheet Harbour
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The park is so different in every locale. It sits on a peninsula, so hikers can climb the rugged shoreline, and see diverse flora and fauna. And sunbathers can find quiet beaches.

      Tor Bay Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Eastern Shore Region, 8 km south of Larry's River on Highway 316
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Visit sandy beaches, the boardwalks and spend time viewing the beauty of nature.

      Camping and Day Use - Eastern Shore Region

      Campers can choose from four parks.

      Boylston Provincial Park

      Enjoy a nice holiday in the forest.

      • Location: Located between the community of Boylston and town of Guysborough on the Eastern shore.
      • Use: Camping; day use.
      • Season/Hours: Open mid-June to late-September. Check website for exact dates and details.
      • Amenities: picnic area; water; sewage station; WiFi; drinking water; sewage station; washrooms.
      • Activities: There are 35 sites on the forested campground. Day users can picnic until mid-October.

      Dollar Lake Provincial Park

      • Location: 20 kilometres east of the Halifax International Airport on Route 212.
      • Use: Camping; Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Open from mid-June to mid-October. Check website for details.
      • Amenities: Wheelchair-accessible; Picnic area; boat launch; sewage station; vault toilets; drinking water; drinking water; sewage station; washrooms.
      • Activities: There are 119 campsites, and plenty of opportunity to go boating, canoeing, water-skiing, fishing and swimming.
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      Porters Lake Provincial Park

      • Location: 23 km east of Dartmouth.
      • Use: Camping; Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Open mid-May to mid-October. Check website for exact dates.
      • Amenities: Picnic area; boat launch; sewage station; vault toilets; Accessible toilets/showers; electricity (limited to 10 RV sites); WiFi; drinking water; washrooms.
      • Activities: There are 80 campsites at the park, and a well-groomed picnic area. Visitors can swim at the beach.
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      Salsman Provincial Park

      • Location: On Route 316, 8 km north of Issac's Harbour and the Country Harbour Ferry.
      • Use: Camping; Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Open from mid-June to early September. Check website for exact dates.
      • Amenities: Picnic areas; water; vault toilets; accessible flush toilets/showers; WiFi; drinking water; boat launch; sewage station; washrooms.
      • Activities: There are 40 un-serviced campsites at the park.

      Northumberland Shore Parks

      The Northumberland Shore is known for its warm waters and sandy beaches. The area boasts the first landing of Scottish immigrants in Nova Scotia.

      Day use -Northumberland Shore Region

      There are 19 day parks, large and small, in the Northumberland Shore region.

      Arisaig Provincial Park

      • Location: Approximately 27 km from Antigonish, on the Northumberland Shore, on Route 245.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Interpretive displays let visitors see the fascinating history of the park. Have a picnic or take a nature hike and maybe discover some fossils. Take a swim in what visitors describe as one of the best beaches around.

      Balmoral Mills Provincial Park

      • Location: Approximately 14 km south of Tatamagouche, on the Northumberland Shore (Colchester County).
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Visit the Balmoral Grist Mill, which is beside this small park. Hike the gentle trails to get a great view of the mill and Balmoral Mills Falls.

      Bayfield Beach Provincial Park

      • Location: In Antigonish County on the Northumberland Shore
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The beach at the park is a popular destination for swimming and sunning.

      Beaver Mountain Provincial Park

      • Location: Located in Antigonish County near the Trans-Canada Highway
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources or Antigonish County Recreation for information.
      • Activities: The park is a great picnic area. The trail system, which in the winter is used for cross-country skiing, takes users through the whole park.

      Blue Sea Beach Provincial Park

      • Location: Malagash Point, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: A one-km long sandy beach with warm water invites visitors. Take along a picnic lunch for a wonderful day.

      Fox Harbour Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Northumberland Shore Region, approximately 7 northwest of Wallace.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The water's warm and the shores are sandy. So, grab a picnic lunch and get to Fox Harbour.

      Green Hill Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Northumberland Shore region, off Highway 104, 9 km east of West River.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Green Hill is a picnic park. There are no water activities.

      Gulf Shore Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Northumberland Shore Region; 5 km north of Pugwash.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The picnic area is on a hill overlooking Northumberland Strait, the beach is sandy and the water is warm. Perfect.

      Heather Beach Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Northumberland Shore Region; 8 km east of East Linden, north of Port Howe.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The popular beach is a great place to swim.

      Melmerby Beach Provincial Park

      • Location: 17 km north of New Glasgow, off Route 289
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The beach is a popular destination, where visitors can swim or take a stroll on the boardwalk.

      Northport Beach Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Northumberland Shores Region; 3 km east of Northport.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The beach is red sand, and at low tide, it is the perfect spot to put your feet in. Spend some time relaxing by the water - watch for the tide though.

      Pomquet Beach Provincial Park

      • Location: Off of Highway 104; 20 km from Antigonish.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Three kilometres of sandy dunes and beach. Swim, walk the boardwalks and enjoy your day.

      Powells Point Provincial Park

      Smell the salt air when you are at Powells Point.

      • Location: In the Northumberland Shore Region, on Route 289, 12 km from New Glasgow.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The picnic area is located by warm salt water.

      Rushtons Beach Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Northumberland Shore Region, on Route 6, 4 km east of Brule.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The park is for day use- picnics, water play in the saltwater, and wildlife viewing.

      Salt Springs Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Northumberland Shore Region; 17 km west of New Glasgow, by the West River.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: Salt Springs is a great resting spot, for a travel stopover or for the day.

      Shinimicas Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Northumberland Shore Region; 1 km east of Shinimicas Bridge; 50 km northeast of Springhill.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The Shinimicas River is lined with elm trees, making a picnic something special.

      Tatamagouche Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Northumberland Shore Region, 1.5 km east of Tatamagouche.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The park is designed for picnics, but more as a stopover for weary travellers.

      Tidnish Dock Provincial Park

      • Location: On the Northumberland Shore, 28 km north of Amherst.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: sightseeing, wildlife viewing; picnic area.

      Waterside Beach Provincial Park

      • Location: In the Northumberland Shore Region, 3 km north of Route 6, east of Caribou River.
      • Use: Day use.
      • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
      • Activities: The park is on old farmland, and has a sandy beach for passing the time.

      Camping and Day Use - Northumberland Shore Region

      Two beautiful parks in this region permit overnight camping.

      Amherst Shore Provincial Park

      • Location: On Route 366, 36 km east of Amherst; 26 km west of Pugwash.
      • Season/Hours: Park is open mid-May until mid-October. Check website for exact dates.
      • Amenities: Comfort station; showers; washrooms; WiFi; drinking water; playground; sewage station; washrooms.
      • Activities: In the summer, visitors can choose to camp on one of the 42 campsites, sheltered by tall trees. Hiking and swimming in the warm saltwater are also great things to do at Amherst Shore.
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        Caribou/Munroes Island

        • Location: Approximately 8 km from Pictou.
        • Use: Camping; Day use.
        • Season/Hours: Open from mid-June to mid-October. Check website for details.
        • Amenities: Picnic area; WiFi; drinking water; kitchen shelter; washrooms; sewage station.
        • Activities: There are 95 campsites available. Swim at the beach - there is no lifeguard on duty. Or, walk the trails along the coast.
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          Cape Breton Parks

          The island is the home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and trails in the world. Whales, magnificent cliffs and beautiful scenic drives await. For more information on what the island has to offer, click here.

          Day use parks - Cape Breton

          There are 26 parks for visitors to escape to for the day. Enjoy!

          Burnt Island Provincial Park

          Let yourself enjoy all that the park has to offer.

          • Location: On the south shore of Cape Breton Island; Route 320, on the causeway to Isle Madame.
          • Use: Day use.
          • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
          • Activities: A boat launch lets visitors set sail into Lennox Passage. Go canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, or wildlife viewing.

          Barrachois Provincial Park

          • Location: In Ironville, on Cape Breton Island, near Bras d' Or Lake.
          • Use: Day use.
          • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
          • Activities: Have a lovely picnic in this park that used to be a farm. Anglers can fish on Bras d' Or Lake. Hike throughout the park and down to a lagoon to marvel in the wonders of nature.

          Ben Eoin Provincial Park

          • Location: On Cape Breton Island, in the community of Ben Eoin.
          • Use: Day use.
          • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
          • Activities: The park is actually an old farm. Take a small hike to a lookout point over East Bay. The trail system, which in the winter is used for cross-country skiing, takes users through the whole park.

          Cabots Landing Provincial Park

          A must-see park for nature lovers and history buffs.

          • Location: On the shore of Aspy Bay on Cape Breton Island.
          • Use: Day use.
          • Season/Hours: Contact Nova Scotia Provincial Parks for information.
          • Activities: The park is a day park for picnic