Cape Chignecto Park drops day-fees

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ADVOCATE HARBOUR – Kayakers, hikers, and other visitors can now visit Cape Chignecto Provincial Park for free.

The Department of Natural Resources is dropping the day-use fees it inherited from the former park operator, the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association, when it took over management of the park last spring.

"The province wants to treat all of our provincial parks visitors fairly and equally, and by removing the fee, we're making it more affordable for Nova Scotia families to visit our parks," said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. "Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, which is the largest of our 120 provincial parks, will now be operated the same as all other parks, with no charge for day-use visits."

Overnight camping fees will continue at the park, similar to other provincial campgrounds.

There are about 3,000 visitors to the park annually, including many hikers.

On Saturday, August 3, park visitors can join a walking tour of Red Rocks McGahey Brook, to see where North America and Africa came together 400 million years ago.

"This park draws customers for us, internationally and locally, for ecotourism and recreation, so the province's fee elimination and improved park management are very welcome," said Werner Ostermann, of Nova Shores Adventures.

Details on Cape Chignecto Provincial Park and all other provincial parks are at www.novascotiaparks.ca .

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources, Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association

Geographic location: Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, ADVOCATE HARBOUR, Nova Scotia Red Rocks McGahey Brook North America Africa Nova Shores Adventures.Details

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  • Ron Robinson
    July 17, 2013 - 17:43

    The fair and balanced answer is that all 13 RDAs in Nova Scotia are now a thing of the past, forced to close this spring as a result of a decision by ACOA to discontinue funding RDAs effective March 31, 2013.

  • Larry Vaughn
    July 16, 2013 - 09:08

    In order to present a fair and balanced approach to the DNR taking over the park, Ron lets hear the reasons why the cumberland RDA is now a thing of the past. Something about an investigation wasn't there Ron?

  • Ron Robinson
    July 14, 2013 - 09:38

    Well good for DNR!! After sitting back for 15 years and watching the volunteer Park Management Board struggle to operate and develop Cape Chignecto into the award winning park it is today (on a shoe string budget with no guaranteed operating dollars from the province and third rate hand-me-down equipment), Natural Resources now wants to treat Cape Chignecto Park users fairly and equally by dropping the day- use fees. To say DNR inherited the day-use fees from the former park operator the Cumberland RDA and the management board ignores several facts. As stated in the Park Management Agreement all fees charged by the park had to be and were approved by DNR. The department was represented on the Management Board and was part of any decisions to charge day-use fees. The RDA and Management Board was never in a position financially to waive much needed revenue which was used to pay as many as 10 staff members, purchase gas and equipment, and repair DNR hand-me-down trucks, etc. It's wonderful that DNR is finally taking Cape Chignecto seriously and treating it for what it is- Nova Scotia's largest and best provincial park. But how about getting down off that white horse for a while and give credit where credit is due. Without the efforts of the RDA, numerous provincial, municipal and federal funding partners, the hard working, dedicated and under paid staff, and all the volunteers who served on the Management Board there would be no Cape Chignecto Park today.