List of protected areas of Nova Scotia

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This is a list of protected areas of Nova Scotia.

Kejimkujik National Park, Frozen Ocean Lake
Cabots Landing Provincial Park

National Parks[edit]

National Parks administered by Parks Canada:

Canadian Heritage Rivers[edit]

The Canadian Heritage Rivers System is a program administered by the federal, provincial and territorial governments to conserve river heritage.[1]

National Wildlife Areas[edit]

National Wildlife Area are protected areas administered by Canadian Wildlife Service

National Migratory Bird Sanctuaries[edit]

Protected areas administered by Canadian Wildlife Service

  • Big Glace Bay Lake (240 ha)
  • Kentville (200 ha)
  • Port L'Hebert (350 ha)
  • Port Joli (280 ha)
  • Sable River (260 ha)
  • Amherst Point (429 ha)
  • Sable Island (2350 ha)
  • Haley Lake (100 ha)

Provincial Parks[edit]

Provincial Wilderness Areas[edit]

As of January 2016 there were 68 wilderness areas in Nova Scotia.[2] They are regulated by the Wilderness Areas Protection Act under the responsibility of Nova Scotia Environment and are areas where resource extraction, development, use of vehicles and similar activities are prohibited. Hunting, trapping and fishing are permitted.[3]

  • Alder Grounds Wilderness Area
  • Boggy Lake Wilderness Area
  • Bonnet Lake Barrens Wilderness Area
  • Bowers Meadows Wilderness Area
  • Canso Coastal Barrens Wilderness Area
  • Clattenburgh Brook Wilderness Area
  • Cloud Lake Wilderness Area
  • Economy River Wilderness Area
  • Eigg Mountain-James River Wilderness Area
  • French River Wilderness Area
  • Gabarus Wilderness Area
  • Gully Lake Wilderness Area
  • Jim Campbells Barren Wilderness Area
  • Lake Rossignol Wilderness Area
  • Liscombe River Wilderness Area
  • Margaree River Wilderness Area
  • McGill Lake Wilderness Area
  • Middle River Wilderness Area
  • North River Wilderness Area
  • Ogden Round Lake Wilderness Area
  • Pollets Cove-Aspy Fault Wilderness Area
  • Portapique River Wilderness Area
  • Scatarie Island Wilderness Area
  • Sugarloaf Mountain Wilderness Area
  • Tangier Grand Lake Wilderness Area
  • Terrence Bay Wilderness Area
  • The Big Bog Wilderness Area
  • Tidney River Wilderness Area
  • Tobeatic Wilderness Area
  • Waverley–Salmon River Long Lake Wilderness Area
  • White Lake Wilderness Area

Provincial Nature Reserves[edit]

As of January 2016 there were 70 nature reserves in Nova Scotia. They are ecological sites regulated by the Special Places Protection Act, an Act which also protects archaeological, historical and palaeontological sites. They are areas of special natural ecosystems, plant and animal species, features and natural processes. They are areas that provide educational or research field areas but where recreation is restricted.[4][5]

Provincial Protected Beaches[edit]

  • Aulds Cove Beach
  • Ballantyne Cove Beach
  • Bartletts Beach
  • Bayfield Beach
  • Beach Meadows Beach
  • Beatty Marsh Beach
  • Big Pond Beach
  • Black Point Beach
  • Bramber Beach
  • Bridgeport Beach
  • Cape Jack Beach
  • Carters Beach
  • Catalone Gut Beach
  • Chance Harbour Beach
  • Cherry Hill Beach
  • Cheverie Beach
  • Christies Beach
  • Church Point Beach
  • Collindale Beach
  • Conrods Beach and Lawrencetown Beach
  • Cooks Cove Beach
  • Crecent Beach
  • Dominion Beach
  • Dunns Beach and Monks Head Beach
  • Fancys Beach
  • Florence Beach
  • Fox Island Main Beach
  • Fox Point Beach
  • Framboise Beach
  • Gabarus Beach
  • Glace Bay Beach
  • Green Bay Beach
  • Hadley Cove Beach
  • Half Island Beach
  • Hampton Beach
  • Harrington Beach
  • Hirtles Beach
  • Inverness Beach
  • Iona Beach
  • Isaels Cove Beach
  • Jersey Cove Beach
  • Johnstons Pond Beach
  • Kingsburg Beach
  • Larry's River Beach
  • Lily Pond Beach
  • Linwood Beach
  • Little Dyke Beach
  • Livingstone Cove Beach
  • Lower Cove Beach
  • Lower Debert Beach
  • Lower East Chezzetcook Beach
  • Lower Half Island Cove Beach
  • Lower Ardoise Beach
  • Mahoneys Beach
  • Main-A-Dieu Beach
  • Majors Point Beach
  • Malcolm Cove Beach
  • Malignant Cove Beach
  • Margaree Harbour Beach
  • McCormacks Beach
  • Meisners Beach
  • Merigomish Beach
  • Middle Harbour Beach
  • Noonans Beach
  • North Bay Beach
  • North Harbour Beach
  • Partridge Island Beach
  • Point Michaud Beach
  • Pomquet Beach
  • Pondville Beach
  • Port Greville Beach
  • Port Hood Beach
  • Port Morien Beach
  • Queensport Beach
  • Ragged Harbour Beach
  • Riverside Beach
  • Rockey Bay Beach
  • Sand Beach
  • Sand Point Beach
  • Sand River
  • Sandy Bay Beach
  • Schooner Beach
  • Scots Bay Beach
  • St. Catherines River Beach
  • The Hawk Beach
  • Tor Bay Beach
  • West Apple River Beach
  • Westhaver Beach

Provincial Game Sanctuaries[edit]

Provincial Wildlife Management Areas[edit]

Private Protected Areas[edit]

Private Protected Areas are owned by the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Nova Scotia Bird Society and the Bowater Mersey Paper Company.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ John S. Marsh; Bruce W. Hodgins (15 May 1998). Changing Parks: The History, Future and Cultural Context of Parks and Heritage Landscapes. Dundurn. p. 16. ISBN 978-1-55488-130-7.
  2. ^ "Wilderness Areas". Nova Scotia Environment. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Wilderness Areas Protection Act". Office of the Legislative Counsel, Nova Scotia House of Assembly. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Nature Reserves". Nova Scotia Environment. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Special Places Protection Act". Office of the Legislative Counsel, Nova Scotia House of Assembly. Retrieved 17 February 2018.

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