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 .