Alcohol Ban in Some Provincial Parks

Department of Natural Resources

May 12, 2006 11:37 AM

The Department of Natural Resources will place a temporary ban on alcohol in eight provincial parks again this year, beginning Friday, May 19. Two other parks will have a season-long alcohol ban.

The ban will help ensure that all visitors have a safe and enjoyable camping experience in Nova Scotia's provincial parks.

"For the past several years we have imposed a temporary ban on alcohol in selected provincial parks in reaction to a number of unfortunate alcohol-related incidents," said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Natural Resources. "This has resulted in a significant reduction in incidents and accidents. As in previous years, the safety of our park campers and day-users is our principal priority."

An alcohol ban will be in effect:

May 19 - Sept. 4 (inclusive) at:
-- Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park, Yarmouth Co.
-- The Islands Provincial Park, Shelburne Co.

May 19 - July 3 (inclusive) at:
-- Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, Queens Co.
-- Rissers Beach Provincial Park, Lunenburg Co.
-- Graves Island Provincial Park, Lunenburg Co.
-- Blomidon Provincial Park, Kings Co.
-- Dollar Lake Provincial Park, Halifax Co.

June 16 - July 3 (inclusive) at:
-- Valleyview Provincial Park, Annapolis Co.
-- Laurie Provincial Park, Halifax Co.
-- Caribou/Munroe’s Island Provincial Park, Pictou Co.


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     The province is placing a ban on alcohol in 10 of its parks.

     Natural Resources Minister Brooke Taylor says the ban has

been effective in previous years, and will continue this year to

ensure visitors have a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

     The bans come into effect between May 19th and July 3rd.

     A list of the parks involved can be found on the Department

of Natural Resources website (www.gov.ns.ca/natr).

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