Parks and Protected Areas

Download the Parks and Protected Areas Plan for Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is one of the most beautiful places on earth. From the steep canyon slopes of the Margaree River to the sand dunes of Sand Hills Beach, Nova Scotia’s parks and protected areas support recreation, tourism, research, and education.

They also preserve nature, and offer us a place to escape, be adventurous, and just have fun. And they make a big impact on local economies, providing jobs and attracting visitor dollars in nearby communities.

Our Parks and Protected Areas: A Plan for Nova Scotia will ensure that important natural areas across the province continue to thrive. The plan delivers on two important government commitments:

  1. Update Nova Scotia’s park system to secure and strengthen its long-term success
  2. Increase Nova Scotia’s legally protected landmass to at least 12 per cent by 2015

Land Protection

Legal and survey work is needed to legally protect each site in the plan. As this work is completed, sites from the plan will be designated by Executive Council, and listed in this table. You can also check out our online map, to see the location of new sites as well as existing parks and protected areas.

View a PDF map of newly designated areas.

This plan provides for the protection of 13 percent of our province’s outstanding landmass by 2015. It also includes other lands that could increase that protection once further considerations are taken into account. More specifically, if all lands included in Our Parks and Protected Areas were legally protected, it would result in:


  • 4 new provincial parks (960 ha)
  • 44 new wilderness areas (128,760 ha)
  • 118 new nature reserves (34,080 ha)


  • 12 provincial parks (3,980 ha)
  • 31 wilderness areas (77,460 ha)
  • 11 nature reserves (4,620 ha)


  • 2,150 ha of provincial park land to protected areas and 1,000 ha of park land to Crown land (still available for public use).

With these changes, the parks and protected areas system would include

  • 205 provincial parks
  • 84 wilderness areas
  • 138 nature reserves