Book time with na­ture, in Nova Sco­tia parks

The Queens County Advance - - EVENTS COMMUNITY -

Peo­ple can call toll-free to book some time with na­ture once again this sum­mer. Nova Sco­tia’s pro­vin­cial park reser­va­tion lines will open Mon­day, April 2.

“Nova Sco­tia parks have much in store for fam­i­lies, na­ture en­thu­si­asts, and tourists,” said Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Char­lie Parker. “Gov­ern­ment has been in­vest­ing in our park sys­tem so park users have even bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pe­ri­ence the won­ders of be­ing close to na­ture.”

Vis­i­tors can choose sites within camp­ing parks by ac­cess­ing the reser­va­tion sys­tem on­line or by phone at 1-888-544-3434, be­tween 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Ser­vice is avail­able in English and French.

Pro­vin­cial parks pro­vide not just camp­ing but at­trac­tions for all ages and ac­tiv­i­ties for ev­ery­one, from the ob­server to the ex­pe­ri­enced out­doors per­son. Pro­vin­cial beach parks, day-use parks, and many trails, are also pop­u­lar el­e­ments of the pro­vin­cial parks sys­tem.

Day-use pro­vin­cial parks op­er­ate from Vic­to­ria Day week­end, May 19, un­til Thanks­giv­ing Day week­end, Oct. 6. Open­ing dates for camp­ing parks vary by park, with open­ings in May and June and clos­ings in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber.

There has been no change to reser­va­tion or camp­site fees. They are $9, with a $7 can­cel­la­tion fee. Fees are $18.36 for ba­sic camp­ing, $24.48 for parks with flush toi­lets and show­ers, and $32.64 for water and elec­tri­cal camp­sites at Porters Lake Pro­vin­cial Park. Wi-fi is avail­able at a des­ig­nated area in 12 of the camp­ing parks from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

No al­co­hol is per­mit­ted in any pro­vin­cial park from the open­ing date to check­out time on July 2 for the 2012 sea­son.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to the pro­vin­cial parks web­site at www.no­vas­co­ti­a­parks.ca .

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