Parks Events for 2015








  2015 Parks Day








Blomidon Provincial Park
10:45 AM
Blomidon Trail Hike

Join the Chebucto Hiking Club for a moderate to difficult 13 KM (4 hour) hike at Blomidon Provincial Park.  This hike is suitable for adults and is rated 4C - a good deal of significant hill climbing and a significant part of the walk takes place on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky, rooted paths).  We will meet at the Blomidon Provincial Park lower parking lot.  Take Exit 11 off Hwy 101, follow route 358 to Canning and Blomidon Provincial Park.  Dress for weather conditions and wear hiking shoes or boots.  Please bring lots of water, snacks and a lunch. Contact Colin and Ellen Darlington (902) 445-5447, or visit


Taylor Head Provincial Park
Magical, Mysterious Mushrooms

Forests would not grow without them!  Orchids wouldn't bloom without them!  Some even glow in the dark!  Join Dr. Scott Cunningham, mushroom expert and co-founder of the Halifax Field Naturalists on a foray along the Spry Bay Trail to learn more about this much maligned group of organisms.  Throughout history mushrooms have been regarded with fear and fascination - sometimes revered, sometimes hated, but always mysterious.  Find out what is fact and what is fantasy, what is edible and what is poisonous, and where (and when) to find them.  This event is for adults only.  Dress for weather conditions and wear hiking boots or sneakers as you will encounter rugged terrain. Bring water, snacks, lunch, insect repellent, and don't forget your camera amd binoculars.  Meet at the kiosk in the last parking lot.  Sponsored by the Friends of Taylor Head Provincial Park Society.  Contact Warren (902) 772-2207 or email or visit


Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park
7 PM to 8:30 PM
Moonlight Tour

Have you ever walked in the forest at night?  Join us in an easy, guided 3 KM moonlight walk of the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park.  Get a nocturnal view of the park and its inhabitants.  The fee is $6 per person.  Cash only.  This event is recommended for all ages.  Please bring flashlights, insect repellent, dress for the weather, wear good walking/hiking shoes and bring water.  Pre-registration is required.  You must receive confirmation from the park to attend.  Meet at the Greenwing Legacy Interpretive Centre.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  To register email or phone (902) 758-5316.


The Islands Provincial Park
7:30 PM
7th Annual Harvest Fair & 29th Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In

Come out and enjoy fresh air with outdoor fun at the 7th Annual Harvest Fair & 29th Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-in.  The fun begins Friday evening with a bonfire and music and continues Saturday with FREE events for all ages to enjoy.  Morning activities include giant pumpkin weigh in, face painting, pumpkin carving and seed swap.  Afternoon activities include t-shirt decorating, doughnut eating, obstacle course, cake/cupcake walks and much, much more.  Saturday night there's a movie night for the children and stargazing for everyone.  Join our Facebook page "Giant Pumpkin Festival and Harvest Fair" for the latest information and updates.  Please note that regular camping fees apply. Sponsored by the Harvest Fair Committee.  Contact Tina at (902) 874-2294; Penny at (902) 875-7010 or email  Rain Date location: Sunday, October 11 at the Shelburne Community Centre.


Thomas Raddall Provincial Park
8 PM
Annual Halloween Spooktacular

Trick or treaters, young and old, join us for our closing weekend. Campsite decorating contest, pumpkin carving contest and our 3rd annual staff pumpkin carving contest. Judges will be making their rounds at sun down. Winners of all contests will be announced at 8 PM at the Trailhead Building. Bring your Halloween decorations and pumpkins to carve.  Don't forget about candy for the little trick or treaters!   Please note that regular camping fees apply.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 683-2664 or email


Waverley - Salmon River Long Lake Wilderness Area
9:15 AM
Crowbar Lake Trail Hike

Join the Chebucto Hiking Club on a difficult 10 KM hike.  This hike is suitable for adults and families and rated as 4D - a good deal of significant hill or stair climbing and a significant part of the walk takes place on very difficult terrain. Participants are asked to meet at the trail head. Refer to the website for more details. Dress for weather conditions.  Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent and hiking shoes or boots.  Contact Derek and Suzanne Gee at (902) 835-8360 or email or visit


The Islands Provincial Park
8:30 PM
Outdoor Movie Night

Join the Muncipality of the District of Shelburne for movie night in the park - "Ghostbusters". Dress for weather and bring a warm blanket, chair and some munchies for an unique and fun movie experience. Children must be accompanied by a parent. For further information, contact Adam at (902) 875-3544 ext 229 or email adedrick@municipalityof


Taylor Head Provincial Park
10 AM to 3 PM
Bird Watching: Late Fall Migrants

Bird enthusiasts of all levels are welcome to join the Friends of Taylor Head Park Society for a birding walk along the Spry Bay and Headland Trails which will take about 4 hours.  It should be a good photo opportunity for shorebirds, juvenile ducks, Cormorants, and migrating Gannets.  Dress for weather conditions and wear hiking boots as the terrain is rugged.  Bring binoculars, water, lunch and snacks.  Meet at the kiosk in the last parking lot.  Contact Jim at (902) 885-2970, email or Warren at (902) 772-2207 email or visit


Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park
2 PM to 4 PM
Pumpkin Carving

This will be the 5th annual pumpkin carving.  Come out and carve your pumpkin for Halloween.  Pumpkins will be supplied.  The carving will be done outside to enjoy the natural environment.  Participants must walk in from main gate.  Suitable for all ages, adult supervision is required for children.  Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cookies will be available.  Meet at the Ski Cabin/Beach House.  Sponsored by the Friends of Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park (FOEP).  This event is free but donations to FOEP are welcome. Contact Chris at (902) 881-2658.  Rain date: Sunday, October 25 from 2 PM to 4 PM.


McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park
9:30 AM to 5 PM
McNabs Island Fall Foliage Tours

Join the Friends of McNabs Island Society for their annual Fall Foliage Tour of McNabs Island Provincial Park. See the island in its autumn splendour and participate in guided history and nature tours.   Meet at Murphy's Cable Wharf, on the Halifax Waterfront before 9:30 AM.  Separate transportation with A&M Sea Charters from Eastern Passage also provided.  Space is limited so everyone MUST REGISTER to guarantee your spot. Tickets must be purchased in advance through or Superstore outlets ($15 members/children; $20 non-members). Dress for weather conditions.  Wear comfortable shoes, bring a lunch and drinking water. Visit for details.  For more information, contact Cathy at (902) 434-2254; Faye at (902) 443-1749; email or visit  Rain date: Sunday, October 25 from 9:30 AM to 5 PM.


Cole Harbour Lawrencetown Beach Coastal Heritage Park
7 PM
Harvest Moon Walk TCT - Salt Marsh Trail Walk

Join the Dartmouth Volksmarch Club for a 10 KM or 5 KM guided walk, suitable for families and adults.  Both walks are rated 2B - a significant part of the walks will take place on well-groomed trails with moderate hills and very little more difficult terrain with some moderate hill or stair climbing. Dress for weather conditions and wear sturdy walking shoes or boots.  Bring a flashlight, water and a snack.  Meet at the 806 Bissett Road parking lot, 3 KM from Cole Harbour Road. New walkers have 5 free walks. Club members pay a fee of $2. Contact Ruth at (902) 401-5363 for the 10 KM or Lily (902) 466-4421 for the 5 KM.  


Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park
10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
A Wild Halloween Party

Come to the park for tricks and treats, and show off your Halloween costumes to our wildlife!  We will have some surprises for you!  Please note that regular park admission fees apply.  Meet at the Greenwing Legacy Interpretive Centre.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  For more information email or phone (902) 758-5316 or (902) 758-7094.