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Parks Canada delays start of camping season and many visitor services in Nova Scotia

Anyone who has reservations will see those automatically cancelled and fully refunded
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A campfire at Kouchibouguac National Park (Meghan Groff/

Parks Canada is delaying the start of camping season, along with most visitor services at national parks and historic sites in Nova Scotia.

It says there will be no access to visitor reception centres and buildings, front and back country campgrounds, roofed accommodations in parks ( oTENTiks, Ôasis, rustic cabins and yurts) or interpretation programs, experiences and guided tours until at least June 1. 

This will affect the following sites: Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Fort Anne National Historic Site, Port-Royal National Historic Site, Grand-Pré National Historic Site, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, and Kejimkujik National Park Seaside. 

Anyone who has reservations will see those automatically cancelled and fully refunded.

"Access and services will be focused on limited day use of trails and other outdoor settings," said Parks Canada. "Green spaces and some washrooms will remain open. "

Provincial regulations currently prevent Nova Scotians from leaving their municipalities for non-essential reasons, and in addition to that, we are being asked to stay as close to home as possible.

Anyone visiting a Parks Canada site within their municipality is asked to be "cautious and conservative in their choice of activities and to stay within the bounds of personal knowledge and skill level."

And public health protocols still need to be followed, including gathering limits and physical distancing.

Earlier this week, the Department of Lands and Forestry delayed the opening of Nova Scotia Provincial Parks campgrounds.

Blomidon, Cape Chignecto, Ellenwood Lake, Graves Island, Porters Lake, Rissers Beach and Thomas Raddall were scheduled to open to campers on the May long weekend, however those provincial camping parks will now not open until at least June 1.


Meghan Groff

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Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the community editor for
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