Provincial Parks Opening for Season

Department of Natural Resources

May 17, 2013 10:53 AM

Nova Scotians have another reason to celebrate this coming holiday weekend, as several provincial parks open to visitors.

"We are blessed to have so many parks and outdoor activities so close at hand," said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. "We want everyone to enjoy these treasures and we're making it easier for families to plan their visits this year."

The provincial parks camping reservation system opened in April. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-544-3434 or online at www.novascotiaparks.ca .

The new 2013 Camper Guide is on the website, in English and French, to help visitors plan their next outing. Print versions are available at Nova Scotia Visitor Information Centres and at the parks.

More than 160 events will take place at the parks this year.

The province is introducing a new program, Learn 2 Camp, for people with limited camping experience, or who want to brush up on their skills. Learn 2 Camp will be offered at Smiley's Provincial Park in Hants County on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7.

Recent renovations and upgrades have been made to enhance visitors' park experience, including new dishwashing stations, improved beach access, and overall site improvements. These upgrades vary from park to park.

Some parks will open later than usual, because of renovations and upgrades.

The Graves Island Provincial Park in Lunenburg County will open on Friday, June 14.

Sections of Dominion Beach in Cape Breton County are closed, as work continues to stabilize the beach area. The beach should return to full access in late June.

Campers are reminded that the annual alcohol-free period is in effect at all parks until Wednesday, July 3.

There were about 1.5 million visits to provincial beaches and parks last year and more than 65 per cent of Nova Scotians visited at least once. Visitors enjoy activities such as swimming, camping, enjoying nature, and geocaching.

For more information on parks opening and events, visit www.novascotiaparks.ca .


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Nova Scotians have another reason to celebrate this coming

holiday weekend, as several provincial parks open to

visitors.

     Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker says Nova Scotians

are blessed to have so many parks and outdoor activities close at

hand, and the province is making it easier for families to plan

their visits this year.

     The 2013 Camper Guide is online at w-w-w dot nova scotia

parks dot c-a, and print versions are available at provincial

Visitor Information Centres and at the parks.

     Upgrades to the Graves Island park means it will open on

June 14th rather than on the Victoria Day weekend.

     Sections of Dominion Beach are closed until late June, as

work continues to stabilize the beach area.

     For more information on parks openings and events, visit the

Nova Scotia Parks website.

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