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Nova Scotia Provincial campsite bookings open in April 2022

Nova Scotia Provincial Parks has announced that campsite bookings will open in April.

“For those who love spending time in the great outdoors, Nova Scotia’s provincial parks are the perfect places for families and friends to come together to make memories that will last a lifetime,” said Natural Resources and Renewables Minister Tory Rushton. “From camping near the Atlantic Ocean or one of the province’s lakes, to other fun outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, paddling and so much more, Nova Scotia’s beautiful parks and beaches offer something for everyone. That’s why we welcome more than a million visitors to our provincial parks each and every year.”

The province anticipates high demand for its 20 campgrounds so reservations will be spread over three days to help cut down on web traffic.

Tuesday, April 5 – Blomidon, Ellenwood Lake, Rissers Beach, The Islands, Thomas Raddall, Valleyview

Wednesday, April 6 – Amherst Shore, Cape Chignecto, Dollar Lake, Five Islands, Laurie, Porters Lake, Smileys

Thursday, April 7 – Battery, Boylston, Caribou-Munroes Island, Graves Island, Mira River, Salsman, Whycocomagh

Be prepared before booking

  • If you are a new camper, start by creating an account
  • If you are a returning camper, log in and make sure your username and password still work
  • You should have a back-up plan, in case the site you want isn’t available on the dates you need

You can make a reservation online or by phone by calling 1-888-544-3434.

Nova Scotia Provincial Park Quick Facts

  • 2021 was a record-breaking year for camping at Nova Scotia provincial parks, with more than 91,000 campsite nights booked
  • In addition to the 20 camping parks, there are more than 100 day-use and beach parks in Nova Scotia

2022 Nova Scotia Provincial Parks Operating Dates

ParkOpening DateClosing Date
Day Use ParksMay 20October 10
Amherst ShoreJune 3October 10
BatteryJune 3October 17
BlomidonMay 20October 10
BoylstonJune 3September 12
Cape ChignectoMay 20October 10
Caribou-Munroe’s IslandJune 3October 10
Dollar LakeJune 3October 10
Ellenwood LakeMay 20October 10
Five IslandsJune 3October 10
Graves IslandMay 20October 10
LaurieJune 3September 12
Mira RiverMay 27October 17
Porters LakeMay 20October 10
Rissers BeachMay 20October 10
SalsmanJune 3September 12
SmileysJune 3September 19
The IslandsJune 3October 10
Thomas RaddallMay 20October 10
ValleyviewJune 3October 10
WhycocomaghJune 3October 17

Nova Scotia Natural Resources and Renewables continues to make infrastructure upgrades to provincial parks, beaches and campgrounds to make them more accessible to more people. Recent improvements include:

  • two new accessible campsites and an accessible campers’ shelter at Amherst Shore
  • a new accessible park office building with a gender-neutral washroom at Blomidon
  • improvements to several comfort stations, washrooms and vault toilets so that they are accessible and gender neutral, including facilities at The Islands (Shelburne), Battery (St. Peter’s), Gulf Shore Beach (Pugwash), Port Maitland Beach, Ellenwood Lake (Deerfield, Yarmouth County), Heathers Beach (Port Howe, Cumberland County), Lake O’Law (North East Margaree) and St. Anns (Baddeck)
  • a new accessible fishing dock, picnic shelter and toilet were also added at Lake O’ Law
  • accessible toilets and change houses at Clam Harbour Beach
  • accessible toilet, change houses and platform at Lawrencetown Beach
  • roll-out beach mats and adaptive equipment have been provided at both Caribou-Munroes Island and Melmerby Beach in Pictou County