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Countdown to camping season : Many provincial parks open on the Victoria Day weekend

Park use is on the rise in Nova Scotia, according to the Department of Lands and Forestry
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A campfire overlooking the ocean at Rissers Beach Provincial Park (Meghan Groff/

Attention happy campers:

The new camping season in Nova Scotia's provincial parks is fast approaching. Most campgrounds and day-use spots will be open on the Victoria Day weekend, which unofficially begins May 17.

Others are to open at the end of this month or on June 7. Parks with campsites will close in September or October.

Provincial park users can find more information online.

This year's camping fees are provided here:

Park use is on the rise in Nova Scotia, according to the Department of Lands and Forestry. In 2018, 82,422 camper nights were booked.

That represented "an increase of five per cent over the previous year," the department's website says, and it was a record number of campers.

"Bookings have gone up about 30 per cent since 2014," it says.

There are 20 camping parks in Nova Scotia. This season's campsite bookings began on April 2.

Camping reservations may be made by phone, toll-free, at 1-888-544-3434, or online at the Nova Scotia provincial parks website.

Day-use parks will be serviced from May 17 to Oct. 14.

A list of events planned for provincial parks can be found here.

This province is also home to two popular national parks, Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Both are run by Parks Canada.

About the Author: Michael Lightstone

During a general-news career lasting close to 30 years, Michael LIghtstone has covered such things as politics, health matters, courts, labour issues and jazz concerts
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