Camping Guidelines

 

Alcohol

All Nova Scotia Provincial Parks are alcohol-free from the park opening date until 1 p.m., July 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Mid-season changes to this policy may occur if local issues arise. McNabs and Lawlor Islands are alcohol-free year round.  Alcohol-free means no alcohol is permitted in the park. Following July 3, while liquor consumption is permitted at registered camper's sites, clients are expected to be responsible regarding alcohol use, to observe park quiet hours from 10:30 p.m. to sunrise and to be respectful of other campers. Any disregard of these regulations may result in cancellation of a camping permit(s), fine(s), loss of future camping privileges in Nova Scotia parks and/or a court appearance.




Accessibility

We are committed to providing facilities and services that encourage park use by everyone, and regularly modify our parks and develop new facilities to meet that commitment. Over half of our parks offer some facilities for people with disabilities. Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park, Halifax County offers wheelchair-accessible fishing piers, nature trails, picnic sites, and viewing areas. For more information about accessibility, please contact the nearest Department of Natural Resources office or the Parks and Recreation Division at (902) 662-3030.


Dish Washing

Dispose of dishwater at the dishwashing stations located at the comfort station. In parks where no dishwashing station exists, please deposit dishwater in the comfort station toilets, a vault toilet, or the RV dump station. Dishwater is not to be disposed of at water taps or campsites.

Note: Dishes are not to be washed in the sinks at the comfort station or at the water taps located within the park.




Dogs/Pets

Pets are welcome; however, we ask that you keep other campers in mind by keeping your pet leashed and quiet. Barking dogs will not be tolerated and you and your pet may be asked to leave the park if your dog persists in making noise. Pets are not permitted in designated swimming areas or in public structures. Learn more about dogs in the parks.




Fires

If the site you want to reserve does not have a grill you can not have a fire.

A provincial fire ban does not apply to the parks. You may continue to use the grill at your campsite during a fire ban. Under certain conditions however, the Chief Caretaker can close some/all grills.




Firewood

It might seem innocent enough, but bringing firewood to or from the park has the potential to destroy thousands of trees. Transportation of firewood is a common way insect pests and diseases are spread into our forests. You never know what's hiding under the bark, and once they arrive, invasive species begin consuming the resources native species require.

Read more about not moving firewood.




Fireworks

The use of fireworks in provincial parks is generally prohibited. On special occasions such as Canada Day we sometimes make exceptions and will allow event leaders to use fireworks. To use fireworks under these circumstances, special permission must be obtained at least one week in advance from the local DNR district office.




Regulations

The Parks Act and Regulations are enforced at all times. A copy is posted at the park office. Failure to comply with the regulations may result in your being asked to leave the park.




Garbage and Recycling

Campers and park users must practice waste sorting and recycling in accordance with provincial and municipal regulations. Park staff will inform you of the required steps.

Note: We are unable to accept and recycle disposable propane canisters and cylinders. Please take them with you when you leave the park. Never put them in the garbage.




Generators


Generator use will be permitted only between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm. This policy will be enforced in all camping parks. Medical use: If you require a generator for medical purposes, please let us know when you make your reservation or, if you choose to register at the park immediately upon your arrival.



Noise

Quiet time is 10:30 pm to sunrise.



Reservations: Policies

A family unit is defined as no more than six people, usually of the same immediate family.


A maximum of six people are permitted per site.


A person must be at least 16 years of age to hold a camping permit.


Someone under 16 years of age can obtain a camping permit provided they are accompanied in the park by a person who is 19 years of age or older who accepts responsibility for the person under 16 years.

If you arrive at the park and don't have a reservation, stop in to the park office to register. You will be assigned a site based on availability and your camping equipment.

Selling

The selling of crafts or other merchandise in the park is not permitted. Advertising or operating a business within the park is not permitted without a special permit.

Shelter Equipment

Where space permits, you are allowed up to three pieces of shelter equipment.



Traffic Speed

Speed limit within the park is 15 km.




Visitors /Non-Campers


Visitors to a provincial camping park may only be allowed to drive their vehicle through a campground with permission of the park attendant. Access by vehicle may be limited to only those that are registered campers. Visitors may enter the park up to 10:00pm. They must leave by 10:30 pm. If you are not a registered camper you may picnic only in the day-use area.