3,500 campsites booked in first hour as provincial parks start taking reservations

A campfire overlooking the ocean at Rissers Beach Provincial Park (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

After about a 2 month delay, Nova Scotians have started reserving their campsites for the summer.

Provincial parks are staggering the opening day of registrations over four days this year.

As of 9 a.m., Monday, June 8, bookings began for Ellenwood Lake, Graves Island, The Islands, Thomas Raddall and Valleyview.

According to the Nova Scotia Provincial Parks Facebook page, 1074 reservations were made within the first 5 minutes.

By 10 a.m., 3,499 campsites had been booked.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, some sites are not available to be reserved at this time and out-of-province bookings are not being accepted.

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9,  reservations will open for the following provincial parks

  • Blomidon
  • Laurie
  • Porters Lake
  • Rissers Beach
  • Smileys

You can start booking sites at these parks at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10:

  • Amherst Shore
  • Cape Chignecto
  • Dollar Lake
  • Five Islands
  • Caribou-Munroes Island

Reservations start for the following parks at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 11:

  • Battery
  • Boylston
  • Mira River
  • Salsman
  • Whycocomagh

The following visitor restrictions will be in place:

  • Due to public health measures, provincial campgrounds are only open to Nova Scotians.
  • We are not accepting any out-of-province bookings.
  • Only campers with reservations will be allowed to enter campgrounds. 
  • Drive-up or walk-in campers will not be permitted to enter campgrounds or stay overnight.
  • Campsites will be limited to household units
  • No visitors will be permitted in campgrounds. Registered campers only.
  • No group camping
  • Provincial campgrounds will operate with a reduced number of campsites available to ensure physical distancing requirements are met.
  • Further details on campsite closures will be provided before June 8th.
  • No yurts (Whycocomagh) or cabins (Cape Chignecto) for entire season
  • No double sites (two family units on one site)
  • No overflow sites
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