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Sorry campers : Provincial parks to close at dusk Friday due Hurricane Dorian

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site and Kejimkujik Seaside will also be closed as of 7:00 p.m. on Friday
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A campfire overlooking the ocean at Rissers Beach Provincial Park (Meghan Groff/

With severe weather conditions in the forecast, all provincial campgrounds, beaches and day-use parks, along with the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, will close at 7 p.m. Friday.

Dorian has the potential to arrive in Nova Scotia as a Category 1 hurricane.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre's 3 p.m. Thursday projected track has the system making landfall along the Eastern Shore Saturday evening, bringing with it hurricane-force winds.

There's also a potential for rough, pounding surf and storm surge.

"We are preparing for significant storm conditions Saturday and Sunday," said Department of Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin in a news release. "Our priority is the safety of visitors and staff at all provincial park properties this weekend."

Following the storm, parks staff will assess damage and evaluate any safety concerns before reopening.

The Department of Lands and Forestry says some parks could be able to reopen as early at Monday at noon, but they will be providing updates when they have them.

Campers will be given full refunds for their cancelled reservations affected. If that includes you, expect to be contacted by the park reservation agency, who will be arranging the refunds.

A department spokesperson says those who cancelled their reservations earlier in the week in anticipation of bad weather will be refunded the cancellation fee in addition to the refund they already received upon cancelling their reservation.

Those refunds could take up to 5 days.

The provincial wildlife park will be closed Saturday but will reopen Sunday at 9 a.m. if safe to do so.

Parks Canada will shutting down Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site and Kejimkujik Seaside at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. Any visitors and campers still in the parks at that time will be asked to leave.

This closure will remain in place until conditions are safe, and will be re-assessed Sunday.

Meghan Groff

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