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Private campgrounds can open June 5, provincial campgrounds open June 15

Provincial park reservations will start June 8 and be staggered over 4 days
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Sunrise at Porters Lake Provincial Park (Meghan Groff/

It's time to dig out the tent and ready the RV.

The province has announced private campgrounds can open on June 5. They will need to operate at no more than 50 per cent capacity, follow public health protocols and ensure adequate distance between campsites.

Provincial campgrounds will open on June 15, also at a reduced capacity, however group campsites, yurts and cabins will stay closed for the season.

All provincial park events are cancelled until at least June 30. Playgrounds and group facilities will stay closed until further notice.

"The number of available campsites has been reduced by 30 per cent to ensure physical distancing requirements are met," said a news release from the province.

"Campers can expect more frequent cleaning of common areas, signs to promote physical distancing and other healthy practices, and changes to the on-site check-in process to minimize physical contact with park employees."

Out-of-province bookings will not be accepted at this time and only those with reservations will be allowed to enter campgrounds.

Provincial park reservations will start June 8 and be spread out over 4 days.

On Monday, June 8 reservations will open for the following provincial parks:

  • Ellenwood Lake
  • Graves Island
  • The Islands
  • Thomas Raddall
  • Valleyview

Tuesday, June 9 will be the first day for reservations for these parks:

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

You can start booking sites at these parks on Wednesday, June 10:

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

Reservations start for the following parks 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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