Nova Scotia is full of beautiful ocean coastlines, lakes, and tons of forests. In the summer months the beauty of the province and it’s wilderness really are a campers dream. All across the province there are many campgrounds and parks to camp in as well as many free camping spots. Whether you are in an RV, tent or renting an oTENTik, here is a guide to the best places to go camping in Nova Scotia.
Kejimkujik National Park
Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site, also known to locals as Keji, is one of the most popular and loved campgrounds in Nova Scotia. Jeremy’s Bay Campground inside of Keji offers sites not only where you can pitch your own tent but they also have oTENTik tents, Ôasis teardrop pods, and other accommodation options that you can rent. There are various facilities available like toilets, showers, dishwashing stations and even limited wifi options.
Kejimkujik is the ideal place to camp because it has so much to offer. There are beautiful hiking trails, a lake to canoe on, a river with multiple waterfalls, beaches and more. If you want to go even more offline while camping then also look into the 46 back country campsites that are available at Keji. Over 80% of the national park is only accessible by canoe or hiking and camping in the back country is completely off the grid and a unique experience. The back country sites are accessed by trails and portages so you don’t disturb the wilderness. The Keji backcountry sites all have picnic tables, bear cables, a firebox and firewood available.
Kejimkujik National Park is also known as a dark sky reserve due to the limited light pollution in the area. This makes it the best place for star gazing in all of Nova Scotia. Keji is also the only national park in Canada to also be a national historic site. The inland park covers 404km and aside from being filled with beautiful nature, campsites and hiking trails you can learn about the Mi’kmaq who first lived in Nova Scotia for 10,000 years. You can also take tours to learn about Mi’kmaq petroglyphs found in the park and in the summer months you can even see master Mi’kmaw craftsman Todd Labrador building a traditional birch bark canoe.
Reservations for the 2021 season open April 23, 2021. Reserve online with Parks Canada.
Thomas Raddall Provincial Park
Located across the bay from the Kejimkujik National Park Seaside location this is the ideal place to camp if you are wanting to explore the area as the Seaside park is only for day use. On site there are 69 unserviced camping sites and 13 walk-in campsites. There are limited wifi options offered, toilets, showers, dish washing stations and multiple water taps available as well as a picnic area.
The park also offers multi use trails for hiking and biking, a playground and a near by unsupervised beach.
Open May 21st to October 11th, 2021. Book online HERE. Bookings begin April 6, 2021.
Hubbards Beach Campground and Cottages
Hubbards, Nova Scotia is a great small community to explore on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. If you aren’t interested in staying in a B&B then you should definitely check out the Hubbards Beach Campground and Cottages. Conveniently located right at Hubbards beach, your site or cottage rental includes free access to the beach. The campground is also located next to the Shore Club which is a live music venue and also one of the best places to get a lobster dinner in Nova Scotia.
The Hubbard’s Beach Campground and Cottages is great for RVs and motorhomes or tents with all sites being fully serviced. They offer transient sites but also sites that you can book yearly. On site there is also an arcade, laundromat, and canteen. There are also lots of amenities nearby by in walking distance or a few minutes drive down the road.
The Hubbards Campground also has several rustic cottages, all built before the 1960’s, that have lots of charm available for rent.
To book a site at the Hubbard’s Campground and Cottages visit their site HERE.
King Neptune Campground
The King Neptune Campground is the closest campground to Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia located just 5km down the road. The campground is family run for the past 60 years and is located on the Peggy’s Cove road, along St. Margaret’s Bay in Yankee Cove. There are 65 camping sites and 45 serviced sites available as well as a playground, toilets, coin operated hot showers, picnic tables, fire pits and more.
The King Neptune Campground is located right along the ocean shore so you can go swimming by day and fall asleep to the sounds of the waves by night. Also just a quick walk from the campground is Ryer’s Lobster pound with some of the freshest lobster available for sale. They can even cook it for you right there on the spot that you can then take back and enjoy by the fire pit.
Reservations are available now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, with the campground opening on May 22, 2021. Rates are available by night, week or month. If you book for six nights you get your 7th night free.
The Shubie Campground is the closest campground to downtown Halifax and you can easily get there by car or public transportation. Saying that however you might be able to hear the nearby highway at night time. The campground is located at Shubie Park which has over 75 acres of nature to explore. There are over 100 campsites available to rent for tents, RVs and motorhomes.
Rates vary for the Shubie Campground and can be found HERE.
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park
Located in Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia Cape Chignecto Provincial Park is one of the most beautiful places to camp in Nova Scotia. The park juts out into the Bay of Fundy with the worlds highest tides flowing by its 185metre sea cliffs each day. There are eight great hiking trails in the park including one that leads you to the iconic Three Sisters sea stacks that are not to be missed.
On site there are 92 campsites that are all walk in with 12 of them being accessible only by kayak. The kayak sites are located in Seal Cove and Refugee Cove. There are also three cabins and one bunkhouse available to rent. The rest of the campsites are a mix of walk-in and backcountry campsites where you need to hike in. The backcountry sites (Mill Brook, Refugee Cove, Little Bald Rock, Big Bald Rock Brook, Keyhole Brook, and Eatonville) are a bit more physically challenging to get to so be prepared. The New Yarmouth site however is an easy walk-in campsite.
For the extreme hikers the park also offers a 55km coastal loop trail of the whole park which is rated as difficult. It is also recommend that you camp for 3 nights in the park to complete this hike. Day one hike from the Red Rock visitor centre to Refugee Cove (13.7km). Day two hike from Refugee Cove to Big Bald Rock (9km) or continue onto Seal Cove (another 9km). On day three hike Seal Cove to Eatonville (5.7km) and on the final day Eatonville back to the visitor centre (15.5km).
Note: Due to it’s steep cliffs and proximity to the high tides, land is constantly eroding. Stay back from cliff edges and only approach them at designated viewing areas.
Visit the Nova Scotia provincial camping site now to book! HERE
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp Resort
How can you resist a Yogi Bear’s campground? You literally can’t. The Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp Resort is located in Kingston, Nova Scotia and is the perfect campground especially if you have kids. Aside from the regular expected amenities the camping resort also features mini golf, a heated pool, an arcade, and the kids corral playground. There is also a performance stage, lots of options for sports, and activities, a rec hall, and a concessions stand.
There are 141 RV, motorhome and tent sites available at Yogi Bear’s campground as well as 14 cabins for rent. If you are lucky you might even get to meet Yogi Bear himself and you can even invite him to your birthday party!
Prices vary depending on many factors. Bookings for the 2021 season begin May 14th, 2021. Learn more HERE.
Blomidon Provincial Park and Campground
The Blomidon Provincial Park and Campground is located in the stunning Annapolis Valley looking out onto the Bay of Fundy on the Minas Basin. The park located amongst stunning nature but is also nearby to Cape Split for hiking, Grand Pre National Park, the Blomidon Look-off over the valley, and not too far from the best wineries in Nova Scotia.
On site there are lots of open wooded campsites, several interconnected hiking trails stretching 13.5km and at low tide there is even easy access to the beach. It truly is a beautiful spot. Gorgeous all summer long fall in the Annapolis valley however can be one of the best times to visit this campsite during harvest season when you can go apple and pumpkin picking, go through corn mazes and more.
The Blomidon Provincial Park and Campground has 76 unserviced sites available with parking, picnic tables and campfire grills. Limited wifi available near the park office.
Dollar Lake Provincial Park
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Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean
Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean is such a friendly and fun spot. Offering both RV & tent sites along the ocean it is pet friendly as well. Murphy’s has beautiful scenery with tons to do. 1. Communal campfires and mussel boils. 2. Boat tours – 1.5hr tour going 5km around the beautiful islands with breathtaking views and lots of wildlife to be seen. 3. Kayak rentals available. 1% of sales annually go to non-profits such as Nature Trust 4. There is a playground on site for any family visits too.
Meat Cove Campground
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Battery Provincial Park
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Where can I camp for free in Nova Scotia?
There are many places to camp for free in Nova Scotia as well. However if this is something you chose to do always be respectful, safe and get permission from land owners. Also be prepared as none of these sites will have amenities and follow the take out what you take in rule leaving no trace and keeping our wild areas wild. Camping in Nova Scotia is one of the best ways to experience the province no matter how you do it.
Here is the best list of free camping sites in Nova Scotia:
- Tidney River Wilderness Area.
- Bowers Meadows Wilderness Area.
- South Panuke Wilderness Area.
- Tobeatic Wilderness Area.
- Tusket Islands Wilderness Area.
- Raven Head Wilderness Area.
- Kelley River Wilderness Area.
- Walton River Wilderness Area.
- Learn more HERE.
What to Pack for Camping in Nova Scotia
For camping in Nova Scotia, you need to bring all of the supplies to camp that you would have elsewhere but also consider our ever changing weather. These are the ideal camping supplies for camping in Nova Scotia:
-Sleeping bags and pillows, cooler for water, drinks, ice and food, cooking gear, plates, cups and cutlery, napkins, garbage and recycling bags, insect repellant, sunscreen, and flashlights. You might also want to consider extra phone batteries and chargers as well as extra layers for cool nights. Also don’t forget your tent!
- Don’t bring firewood with you, always buy it local or from the campgrounds to avoid transporting insects and diseases. Leave what firewood you don’t use behind for the next camper.
If you are interested in camping but haven’t ever tried it Parks Canada also offers a lot of great information for first time campers. Check out their Learn to Camp program HERE.
There are over 120 Nova Scotia Provincial Parks in the province, and 20 of them have campgrounds available to the public that are managed by the Department of Lands and Forestry. Reservations can be made for a maximum of 14 nights. 6 people max at each site. Group bookings can be made starting May 1st at 12 of the provincial parks. Find a detailed guide about the Nova Scotia Provincial Parks HERE.