Holiday water report 2018
WATER IN NOVA SCOTIA PARKS
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By Michelle Moore
For Canada's second smallest province after Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia is home to an astounding 22 provincial parks. All but roughly 30 kilometres at the New Brunswick border are surrounded by water which makes for some pretty breathtaking drives along the coastline and many provincial parks on the shores.
The province has many beach and camping parks with organized activities beginning in May and lasting well into the fall. Some of the most popular are Amherst Shore, Battery, Blomidon and Cape Chignecto Provincial Parks.
Campers at Amherst Shore Provincial Park can swim in the warm waters of Northumberland Strait and enjoy the nearby Wild Blueberry and Maple Syrup Center in Oxford, the wild blueberry capital of Canada.
Blomidon Provincial Park overlooks the Minas Basin and the world's highest tides where you can hike along coastal trails. A short drive away visitors will find the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to commemorate Acadian history.
Currently, two parks are undergoing some maintenance to prepare for the summer season. Whycocomagh Provincial Park has closed the western entrance to the camping park until further notice while they complete construction on the bridge and Dollar Lake Provincial Park warns that some comfort stations may be closed while work on the trails is underway.
Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources' Manager of Parks and Recreation, Tara Crandlemere said “our provincial camping parks are more popular than ever with travellers and Nova Scotians ... In 2017, our parks had 78,025 camper nights booked and the occupancy was 40%. Those two numbers have been on the increase for the last four years."
As a rule, all the parks should have potable water, Crandlemere explained that "as required, we test the water in line with Department of Environment procedures every 3 months for bacteria. Boil-water orders happen irregularly, due to test results or equipment malfunctions. We are improving our water systems to make them more robust and reliable."
Nova Scotia's parks have many planned activities and events for the summer season. Taylor Head Provincial Park in Halifax County has regular wildflower and bird walks, while clam digging is always an option for those visiting Five Islands Provincial Park near Springhill.
On July 21 meet Smokey the Bear at Blomidon Provincial Park. He will give you a tour of his fire truck and equipment as he reminds everyone that only you can prevent forest fires. Or you can join biologist Martha Grantham and geologist Bob Grantham August 11 at Peggy's Cove for a walk in the tidepools. As the busy season comes to a close in the late fall, visitors can enjoy Halloween themed activities like pumpkin carving, campfire stories and a Halloween Spooktacular.