Record year for pro­vin­cial parks

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY -

HAL­I­FAX - Nova Sco­tia’s pro­vin­cial parks had a record num­ber of vis­i­tors again this year.

e pro­vin­cial park sys­tem wel­comed 78,025 camp­site book­ings, an in­crease of 13 per cent over last year.

e num­ber of camp­site book­ings in pro­vin­cial camp­grounds has steadily in­creased in re­cent years. Since 2014 the num­ber of camp­sites booked rose by about 36 per cent. ere are 20 pro­vin­cial camp­ing parks in Nova Sco­tia.

“Our pro­vin­cial parks draw tourists and give peo­ple places to en­joy healthy out­door re­cre­ation and get close to na­ture,” said Mar­garet Miller, min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources. “Our great pro­grams like Grade 4s Out­doors, Learn 2 Camp, and other unique park events brought in new vis­i­tors who we know will likely be re­turn­ing to our parks for years to come.”

ree pro­vin­cial parks ex­tended their sea­sons by ve weeks this year, al­low­ing more time for camp­ing later into the fall. Mira River Pro­vin­cial Park in Cape Breton stayed open un­til Oct. 15, while Blo­mi­don Pro­vin­cial Park in Kings County and El­len­wood Lake Pro­vin­cial Park in Yar­mouth County stayed open un­til Oct. 9.

All pro­vin­cial parks are now closed for camp­ing for the sea­son but peo­ple are en­cour­aged to con­tinue vis­it­ing parks to en­joy walk­ing, cross-coun­try ski­ing, and sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

While parks are closed, reg­u­lar park ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties are not avail­able and vis­i­tors must still fol­low park rules, in­clud­ing keep­ing dogs on leash. Vis­i­tors are re­minded to use the pack-it-in, pack-it-out prin­ci­ple, and take their trash home with them.

To learn more about Nova Sco­tia’s pro­vin­cial parks, visit­vas­co­tia. ca/ .

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