Parks Events for 2015








  2015 Parks Day








Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park
10 AM
Pennant Point Spine Hike

Join the Chebucto Hiking Club for a 13 KM hike.  Suitable for families and adults.  This hike is rated 3C - some significant hill climbing with a significant part of the walk taking place on somewhat difficult terrain (rock/rooted paths).  Hike takes approximately 3 to 4 hours.  We will meet at the second parking lot.  See more details at Dress for weather conditions and wear hiking shoes or boots.  Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water, snacks and a lunch.  Contact Kathleen at (902) 407-6065 or visit


Thomas Raddall Provincial Park
12 PM
Lunch on the Beach

Join the Thomas Raddall Provincial Park staff as we host an invitation to "Lunch on the beach" to celebrate Labour Day weekend.  Come and enjoy a free BBQ with hot dogs and cold drinks!  Meet at Scotch Point Beach (campers'beach). Bring sunscreen, hats, water and lots of enthusiasm!  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 683-2664 or email


Thomas Raddall Provincial Park
TBA (Low tide)
Beach Day

Join us during low tide at Scotch Point Beach for our annual sand sculpture contest.  This is a "children only" event.  Prizes will be awarded. One entry per campsite. Timing of the sculpture contest depends on low tide.  Pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather.  Bring beach attire, towels, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water, snacks and sand sculpture building tools.  Please note that regular camping fees apply.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  Pre-register by phoning the park at (902) 683-2664 or email  


Taylor Head Provincial Park
10 AM to 3 PM
Birdwatching: Early Fall Migrants

Join Friends of Taylor Head Provincial Park Society as we walk the Spry Bay Trail and Headland Trail.  We are pretty serious about birds and we encourage all levels of bird enthusiasts to join us. It should be good opportunity to see and photograph migrating wading birds, Blackpoll Warblers, Black-backed Woodpeckers, and Common Yellowthroats.  You will encounter rugged terrain on this 4 hour walk, so wear hiking boots or other sturdy footwear.  Bring snacks, a lunch and water.  Don't forget your binoculars and camera. There is no rain date.  For more information, contact Jim Cameron at (902) 885-2970 or email; Warren (902) 772-2207 or email;  or visit


Gully Lake Wilderness Area
9 AM
Old Forest Lichens of Gully Lake Wilderness Area

Old forest in the Cobequid Hills has some of the richest lichen flora of eastern North Amercia.  It is also home to some of the rarest lichens and many lichens common to the area are rare elsewhere.  Join Robert Cameron, Ecologist for Nova Scotia Environment as we spend the morning hiking 4 KM at the Gully Lake and MacIntosh Lake trails.  Some time will be spent on learning how to identify some common lichens as well as a peek at some of the rarities.  Terrain is rugged in places and wet in others.  Appropriate footwear and clothing is necessary.  Light rain is ideal for viewing lichens, so only a deluge will require moving to the rain date.  Pre-registration is required as numbers are limited. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water, and snacks.  Sponsored by NS Environment - Protected Areas and Ecosystems Branch. To register contact Robert Cameron at (902) 237-0841 or (902) 424-2117 or email  Rain date is Wednesday, September 30 at 9 AM.


Long Lake Provincial Park
10 AM
Long Lake Trail Hike

Join the Dartmouth Volksmarch Club for a 10 KM hike.  This hike is rated 3C - some significant hill or stair climbing and a significant part of the walk takes place on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths).  Participants are asked to meet at Long Lake Trail parking lot on St. Margaret's Bay Road,  3.5 KM from Armdale Rotary.  New walkers have 5 free walks. Club members pay a fee of $2.     Please bring water, sunscreen, hiking shoes or boots and snacks.  Contact Stephen at (902) 423-0760.


Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park
2 PM to 4 PM
Nature Photography Workshop

Taking impressive images of nature doesn't depend on your camera, it depends on your vision.  Join Sue Hutchins - well-known local photographer and take an easy walk through the park while learning techniques that are sure to give your photography a boost.  Sue will talk about light, shapes, focusing techniques and much more.  This walk is for adults only.  Participants are asked to meet at the ski cabin/beach house.  Bring an open mind and a functioning camera (spare batteries and tripod optional).  Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring snacks and water.  Sponsored by Friends of Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park (FOEP). This event is free but donations to FOEP are welcome.  To pre-register contact Wendy at (902) 881-2566.