Parks Events for 2015








  2015 Parks Day








BLT Rails to Trails
10 AM
International Trails Day

International Trails Day was started to encourage families to get physically active together on trails.  We challenge families to walk at least 5 KM or bike about 20 KM.  We start at 10 AM at the trail head next to the Cola Plant on Lakeside Park Drive and Silver Birch Drie in Lake of the Woods subdivision.  The walkers will walk to the Anglican Church starting at the 5 KM mark.  The cyclists will cycle to the other starting point and back to the church, where at 11:15 AM we have a BBQ and games for all who have participated in our challenge.  Dress for weather conditions (i.e. layers) and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring water,  insect repellent and sunscreen.  Sponsored by the BLT Rails to Trails Association.  Contact Catherine at (902) 876-2055 or email


Cape Split Provincial Park Reserve
10:45 AM
Cape Split Hike

Join the Chebucto Hiking Club for a 16 KM hike on the Cape Split Trail.  This hike is suitable for families and adults and a significant part of the walk takes place on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths).  We will meet at the trail head - refer to the website for more details. Dress for weather conditions.  Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes/boots, and insect repellent.  Contact Nancy at (902) 835-5868, email or visit


Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park
7 AM to 12 PM
Annual Warbler Walk

Join The Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust as they host their annual Warbler walk.  This guided moderate walk will be led by Hans Toom through the park and onto the adjoining St. Margaret's Bay Area Rails to Trails.  There are approximately 17 species of warblers , including the rare Canadian Warbler as well as other bird species.  Pre-registration is necessary for this event.  Meet at the parking lot in Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park.  Wear appropriate clothing for weather conditions.  Bring water, snacks, and hiking boots.  To register, contact Harry Ward at (902) 456-8179 or email


McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park
9:30 AM to 5 PM
McNabs and Lawlor Islands Cleanup

Kick off Environment Week by helping the Friends of McNabs Island Society cleanup McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park!  Meet at Murphy's Cable Wharf, 1751 Lower Water St, Halifax before 9:30 AM.  Separate transportation with A & M Sea Charters, 87 Government Wharf Rd, Eastern Passage will also be provided.  Pre-registration is required to guarantee your spot, as space is limited.  Bring work gloves, drinking water, a lunch and ENTHUSIASM. Be sure to dress for weather conditions and wear comfortable footwear (no sandals).  We will supply the garbage bags and FREE transportation to the island for volunteers willing to clean up the beaches.  To register contact Faye at (902) 443-1749 or Cathy at (902) 434-2254, email  Rain date: Sunday, June 14 from 9:30 AM to 5 PM.


Long Lake Provincial Park
5:15 PM
Long Lake Trail Hike

Join the Chebucto Hiking Club for a moderate 10 KM hike suitable for all ages. This hike is rated 2C - a significant part of the walk takes place on well-groomed trails with very little more difficult terrain. We meet at the Trail Head , parking lot on St. Margaret's Bay Road, near the Prospect Road exit.  Refer to website for more details. Dress for weather conditions.  Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent and hiking shoes or boots.  Contact Isaac at (902) 479-1601 or email or visit


Taylor Head Provincial Park
7 AM
Bird Songs

Join the Friends of Taylor Head Provincial Park Society in discovering some of the most beautiful singers in the bird world.  We will do some short walks as well as walk along the edge of Powers Pond but mostly we will be listening.  We will try and identify as many birds as we can by voice as they announce their presence or territory to competitors and prospective mates.  Bring snacks, lunch, water, hot drink, sneakers and binoculars.  Mornings can be cool so dress warmly and for weather conditions.  Participants will meet at the kiosk at the last parking lot.  This event is suitable for families and persons with mobility limitations. Contact Jim at (902) 885-2970 or email;  Warren (902) 772-2207 or email or visit for further information. 


Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area
9:30 AM
Coxs Lake Canoe and Kayak Trip -RESCHEDULED FROM JUNE 6

Join Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia and the NS Department of Environment- Protected Areas and Wetlands staff for a circumnavigation of suburban Coxs Lake, headwaters of Nine Mile River and the start of an intriguing water route to Shad Bay.  The outing will include a walk via an old 900 m portage through the old growth forest of a parcel of land proposed for addition to the BMBCL Wilderness Area.  The trip will start and end at the landing at the tip of Long Cove of Coxs Lake, and will include a lunch stop at an island campsite.  There will be no whitewater and no portaging, making the trip suitable for both canoes and seakayaks.  Bring your own boat plus the required safety gear, food, drinks, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Meet at the parking lot at the end of Coxs Lake Road, off Yankeetown Road, near Hammonds Plains Road, HRM, at 9:30 AM.  To pre-register and for more information contact Dusan Soudek at (902) 422-1045 (evenings) or at Rain date: Saturday, June 13 at 9:30 AM.


Province House
7 PM
Interpretive Walking Tour of the Rocks and Building Stones of Province House

Province House is the home of the Nova Scotia Legislature.  Noted builder/architect Richard Scott built Province House, which was first used during the February 1819 sitting of the House of Assembly.  Part of the building's charm is in the use of rock and building stone.  Here is an unique chance to see Province House through the eyes of a geologist. Join Dr. Howard Donohoe, retired DNR geologist, for a special tour of Province House, its basement, floors, and grounds and nearby corporate and government buildings.  This interpretive walk will highlight the rocks, minerals, and structures found in the rocks of Province House and adjacent buildings.  You will learn about geological history of part of Nova Scotia and 19th century building practices. The length of the walk is about 1.5 to 2 hours.  Walking is easy with some stairs.  Families and individuals are welcome.  Dress for weather conditions and wear good walking shoes (no flip flops).  This event takes place rain or shine.  Meet at the Hollis Street entrance of Province House.  Sponsored by the Office of the Speaker, House of Assembly.  Contact Howard at (902) 422-3486 or


Waverley - Salmon River Long Lake Wilderness Area
10 AM
Crowbar Wilderness Area and East River Logging Trails Hike

Join the Dartmouth Volksmarch Club at Porters Lake for two hikes suitable for adults only.    The Crowbar Wilderness Trail is a 16 KM hike that is rated 4D –a good deal of significant hill or stair climbing and a significant part of the walk takes place on very difficult terrain.  The East River Logging Road Trail is a 10 KM hike that is rated 2B – some moderate hill or stair climbing  and a significant part of the walk takes place on well-groomed trails with very little difficult terrain.  We will meet at the Crowbar Wilderness Trail.  From Hwy 107, exit 19, turn left and left on Hwy 7, right on Myra Road to parking lot.  Dress for weather conditions.  Bring sturdy boots, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent.   New walkers have 5 free walks.  Club members pay a fee of $2.  Contact Wayne at (902) 864-3016 or email;  Lionel at (902) 466-4421.  


Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park
6 PM to 8 PM
Interpretive Paddle

Join The Song of the Paddle for an interpretive kayaking trip along the shoreline of Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park.  Becky Cottreau and Deanna Nauss will be your guides as you learn about beautiful Lake Ellenwood, the history of the park and the amazing flora and fauna found there.  Bring your own kayak and equipment or request one of the limited number of boats available, compliments of The Song of the Paddle.    This event is suitable for adults and youth 13+.  Pre-registration is required and number of participants is limited,  so book early to avoid disappointment. Meet at the boat launch.  Information regarding what to wear and what to bring with you will be available upon registration! To register, contact Deanna Nauss by email at


Five Islands Provincial Park
1:30 PM
Rock Walk and Talk

Join a mineral enthusiast for a walk from the glacial till banks that make up our beach, past the sandstone cliffs and out to the basalt "Old Wife" outcrop. We will explore both the geological and cultural history of the park. You may step in mud and climb over rocks, so wear sturdy footwear, bring a hat, sunscreen and water. Due to sharp shells, debris and rocks, bare feet and flip flops are not recommended for this event. Suitable for all ages. Meet at the park beach parking lot. Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources. Contact the park at (902) 254-2980 or email Please note: Please note that low tide is 3:40 PM 


Blomidon Provincial Park
11 AM
Cape 'Blow-Me-Down' : Folklore in the Fog

Come along for a short hike at Blomidon Provincial Park to hear about the Curse of the Amethyst, The Battle of Blomidon, and the 25 families who lived, worked and left their mark on this landscape.  Park Attendant, Lucas McCamon will lead you on this tour of old foundations, the best viewpoints, and show photographs and artifacts from those who have lived on this wind-whipped and fog-capped summit.  Meet in parking lot beside Administration Building at the campground.  Bring sunscreen, wear comfortable shoes and dress for weather conditions.  All ages welcome, adult supervision for children required.  Pets welcome on leash.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 582-7319 or email


Thomas Raddall Provincial Park
11 AM
Planting Pumpkins with Hannah

Join us on Saturday, June 27th to help staff plant pumpkins for the fall Harvest.  Please call the park at (902) 683-2664 for further information.


Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park
11 AM to 3 PM
Weirdest Wetland Beast

It has huge paddle-like front paws, specialized fur, poor eyesight, and an incredible nose!  The star-nosed mole has tentacles for a nose that it uses to find food.  Test out your sense of touch using our mystery boxes.  Are you as receptive as this weird mole?  Please note that regular park admission applies.  Meet at the Greenwing Legacy Interpretive Centre.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  For more information, please call (902) 758-5316 or email


Blueberry Run Trail
10 AM
Blueberry Run; Fisherman Reserve Hike

Join the Dartmouth Volksmarch Club for a 10 KM hike.  This is a easy hike suitable for families and adults and rated as a 2B - some moderate hill or stair climbing and a significant part of the walk takes place on well-groomed trails with very little difficult terrain. Dress for weather conditions and wear sturdy walking shoes or boots.  Bring water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Meet at 5909 Highway 207, at parking lot across from beach at Seaforth. New walkers have 5 free walks, club members pay a fee of $2.  Contact Lionel (902) 466-4421.


Taylor Head Provincial Park
10 AM to 3 PM
Natural History Walk

Early summer is a special time in Taylor Head Provincial Park.  The wildflowers are in full bloom, the vegetation is fresh and lush and wildlife is very active.  This is the first in a series of two hikes this summer focusing on natural history.  During this outing on the Headland Trail you will have the opportunity to identify wild flowers, plants, birds and geological formations.  This hike will be about five hours long and the trail is challenging in places.  Bring snacks, lunch, water, binoculars, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Dress warmly and wear hiking sneakers or boots.   Hikers will meet at the kiosk at the last parking lot at Taylor Head Provincial Park.  Sponsored by the Friends of Taylor Head Provincial Park Society.  Contact Warren Parsons at (902) 772-2207 or email or