Making Reservations

Self-registration Camping

Caribou-Munroes island

Boylston, Islands, Laurie, Porters Lake, Salsman, Smileys and Whycocomagh are self-registration camping parks.

Self-registration parks will operate like other camping parks in the system.

If you have a reservation, you will proceed directly to your site. (At Porters Lake and The Islands you must arrive before the staff leave at 11:00 pm in order to enter the park.)

If you don’t have a reservation, stop at the registration kiosk when you arrive. Look at the park map to note potential sites of interest. Open the yellow box and use the direct line telephone to the booking agent. The line operates 9:00 am until 11:00 pm. The agent will advise on site availability and cost. Provide the agent with your credit card number or put cash/cheque in a camping permit envelope (located in the kiosk). Complete the registration information on the envelope, tear off and keep receipt tab. Seal the envelope and deposit it in the Drop Box.

No reservation fee is charged when using the yellow phone to register for a stay at the park or to extend your current stay. The reservation fee will be applied if using the yellow phone to make a future reservation at the park.

Please Note:

Self-registration parks are staffed the same hours as other camping parks in the system.

Shoulder seasons (June 12 to June 25 & Sept 7 to Oct 12)

Porters Lake Shoulder Season (May 15 to June 25 & Sept 7 to Oct 12)

8:00 am to 11:00 pm Daily

Peak season (June 26 to Sept 6)

8:00 am to 11:00 pm Sun to Thurs
8:00 am to 2:00 am Fri & Sat
8:00 am to 2:00 am Fri/Sat/Sun (Holiday weekends)

Firewood and Ice may be purchased near the registration kiosk between 4 pm and 7 pm. Place you payment in one of the white envelopes available at the registration kiosk and deposit in the Drop Box.

If you arrive and find the gate closed for the night you may camp in the parking area and return to the kiosk at 9 am to book the rest of your stay.

If you arrive after the park is closed and the gate is open, enter the park and select a vacant site. Visit the kiosk at 9 am to register for the rest of your stay. If the site you selected has an incoming reservation you will have to relocate to another site.

To learn more, please see our Frequently Asked Questions

Individual / Family Camping

Reservations for the 2015 season can be made beginning Thursday April 2, 2015 at 9:00 am Atlantic time.

Calling from within North America: 1-888-544-3434

Calling from outside North America: 519-826-5301

Online reservations can be made 24 hours/day.

Reservation Fee: $9.00 per reservation (non-refundable).

Change/Cancellation Fee: $7.00 fee per reservation (non-refundable).

All fees are payable at the time of booking.

All Nova Scotia Provincial Parks are alcohol-free from the park opening date until 1 p.m., July 3, 2015. Mid-season changes to this policy may occur if local issues arise.

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 park 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.

Reservations must be made in the name of the person who is arriving to pick up the camping permit. Reservations cannot be assigned from one person to another person at the time of arrival. If a name change is required please call 1-888-544-3434.

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. Those 16 and under 19 years of age must be accompanied in the park by a person who is 19 years of age or older who accepts responsibility for the younger campers.

A campsite can be reserved for a minimum of one night and a maximum of 14 nights.

Reservations can be made until 11 pm (ADT) on the day of your arrival.

Reservation are only held until 1:00 PM (ADT) the day following your scheduled arrival date. Reservations not changed or cancelled by 1:00 PM on your scheduled date of arrival will be charged one night's camping fee.

Multiple reservations in the same name for the same time period are not allowed.

If a number of people are travelling together one individual can reserve several campsites providing: each site is registered in a different name, one credit card will be used to cover the cost of all sites; and there will be no more than six (6) people per site.

Changing or Cancelling

Your site will be held until 1:00 pm on the day following your scheduled arrival.

There is a $7.00 charge for each change or cancellation. Reservations can be changed or cancelled up to 1:00 pm (ADT) on the day of your scheduled date of arrival. Reservations cancelled after 1:00 pm (ADT) will be charged the "no show" fee equivalent to one night's camping fee.

Shopping cart

You can make a reservation and store it in your shopping cart and then opt go back to the park reservation web page and start another reservation without logging out. The system does not hold your information about equipment type and party size; this information must be input for each new reservation. The shopping cart can hold up to three (3) reservations before requiring payment. A reservation fee of $9.00 is charged for each reservation.


Online: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Visa Debit.

Telephone: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Visa Debit, cheque or money order*. See below for other cheque and money order terms.

Non-Canadian Residents (Reserving by Telephone): We do not accept cheques; only credit cards, Visa Debut, or money order in Canadian funds. In-Person Registration: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, debut (not Visa Debut).

At-Park Registration: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, debit (but not Visa Debit)

At-Park Registration at Self-Service Parks: Visa, Mastercard, American Express are accepted. Debit Cards are no longer accepted at these parks. Cash or cheque must be for the exact amounts. No change provided; staff or campground hosts do not carry cash.

* Make Cheques and money orders payable to:
The Nova Scotia Minister of Finance
Nova Scotia Provincial Parks Reservations
649 Scottsdale Dr. Suite 90
Guelph ON N1G 4T7

Please include the park name and confirmation number on the back of your cheque. Postdated cheques will not be accepted.

Cheques will not be accepted if your arrival date is within 21 days of the date you make your reservation. Money orders will not be accepted if your arrival date is within 10 days of the date you make your reservations.

If paying by cheque in US funds, the cheque will be deposited in US funds. Please calculate the appropriate exchange rate (contact your local financial institution for rates).

To confirm your reservation, money orders and cheques must be received within 14 days of the date you make your reservation. If payment is not received within 14 days, your campsite cannot be guaranteed and the site you chose may have to be changed.

Arriving at the Park

At Serviced Parks: You can check in at any time as long as your reserved site is vacant. If you don't have a reservation, you can check in at any time providing there is a vacant site. At check-in, you will be asked to provide the names of those in your camping party. This information is needed for security and emergency purposes. If the park needs to be evacuated, we have to know names of all campers in case we have to search for them in the park.

At Self-Registration Parks: Non-reservation campers must check-in using the direct line (yellow phone) to the call centre (9:00 am to 11:00 pm ADT).

If you have a Reservation: You do not stop at the Administration Building. Proceed directly to your campsite and set up.

If you do not have a Reservation: Select a registration envelope and pick up the yellow phone to connect with the call centre. The staff there will tell you which sites are available and on how to complete the envelope, including how much you owe for camping fees. Place cash or cheque in the envelope and seal it. (Sorry, we are unable to make change) Tear off the tab and save it as a receipt. Deposit the envelope in the payment chute.

Late Arrival; No Reservation: If you arrive after the midnight, you can camp on a site for one night. (One night because the site you choose may be on reserve for future nights.) Upon arrival you can complete a registration envelope, place the exact fee in the envelope, tear off and retain the tab, and deposit the envelope in the payment chute. Or, if you will be leaving after 9:00 am you can use the yellow phone on your way out to use a credit card to pay for your camping stay. If you would like to stay longer, the call centre can advise you on site availability in the park.

Checkout for all parks is 1:00 pm. Please ensure your campsite is clean.

Group Camping

Youth Group — Any number of persons under the age of 19 years who are sponsored by a non-profit, religious, charitable or educational organization and are accompanied a supervisor who is at least 19 years of age.

Family Group — A minimum of four individual family units. A family unit is no more than two parents/ grandparents and the children under their immediate care.

Adult Group — A group not fitting the definition of a youth or family group.

Groups must select a contact person who will handle booking and pre-registration for the group.

Factors we consider when reviewing group applications include: availability of the group area, size of the group, ability of the site to handle the group’s camping equipment, vehicle parking, potential use conflicts with other groups, and any problems encountered during previous visits. Restrictions may be placed on the number of people or cars allowed on a group campsite. Please note: the consumption of alcohol is not permitted in designated group camping areas.

Group camping is only allowed at Provincial Camping Parks with a designated group camping area. In parks where no group camping area exists, groups must acquire individual sites at the non-group rate.

Group camping booking opens May 1.

In Serviced Parks: Between May and the parking opening date, call the number in the right-hand column. Once the park has opened call directly using the number in the left-hand column.

In Self-Registration Parks: Call the local DNR office number (right-hand column). Do not use the yellow phone at the park.

Please do not call 1-888-544-3434 or 1-519-826-5301 or use the reservation website for Group Camping Reservations.


Park Number  

Office number
Blomidon Provincial Park
(Park Opens May 15th)

(902) 582-7319   or   (902) 679-6097
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park
(Park Opens May 15th)

(902) 392-2085
(camping/park season)        
(902) 254-3241
(winter months)
Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park
(Park Opens June 12th)

(902) 485-6134   or      (902) 922-4020
Dollar Lake Provincial Park
(Park Opens June 12th)

(902) 384-2770   or      (902) 384-2290
Five Islands Provincial Park
(Park Opens June 12th)

(902) 254-2980   or      (902) 893-5620
Rissers Beach Provincial Park
(Park Opens June 12th)

(902) 688-2034   or      (902) 634-7555
Smileys Provincial Park
(Park Opens June 12th)

     (902) 798-2016
Thomas Raddall
(Park Opens May 15th)

(902)683-2664    or      (902) 354-3462
Self-serve parks    

Fees for group camping permits:

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Before you make a reservation be sure to read our Camping Guidelines and policies listed above.

First time users will be asked to create a Client Profile that will help when making future reservations. The information collected in your Client Profile will be strictly confidential (Privacy Policy) and will not be disclosed to outside parties.

When you make a reservation you will be asked for the following information:

Those wishing to make a telephone reservation will find it useful to go online to view camping park site maps to identify preferred campsites.

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