Camping Guidelines



All Nova Scotia Provincial Parks are alcohol-free from the park opening date until 1 p.m., July 3, 2015 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. Alcohol-free means no alcohol is permitted in the park. Following July 3, you may consume alcohol at your campsite only. Campers are expected to consume responsibly, observe quiet hours from 10:30 p.m. to sunrise and respect other campers. Abuse of alcohol or disregard of park regulations may result in cancellation of your camping permit, loss of future camping privileges, and/or a court appearance


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.


Pets are welcome; however, we ask that you keep other campers in mind by keeping your pet leashed and quiet. Pets are not permitted in designated swimming areas or in public structures. Learn more about dogs in the parks.


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.


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.


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.


The Parks Act and Regulations are enforced at all times. A 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: Never put disposable propane canisters and cylinders in the garbage.


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 upon your arrival.


Quiet time is 10:30 pm to sunrise.



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.