Tobeatic Game Reserve

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The Tobeatic Wilderness Area is the largest protected area in Nova Scotia.[1] It is located in south central Nova Scotia, Canada adjacent to and roughly three times the size of Kejimkujik National Park. The park spans five counties: Annapolis County, Digby County, Queens County, Yarmouth County and Shelburne County. In 1998, the Tobeatic Wildlife Management Area (the successor to the Tobeatic Game Reserve) and additional Crown lands, were designated by the Province of Nova Scotia as the Tobeatic Wilderness Area.

The word Tobeatic means "Place of the Alder" in the Mi'kmaq language.[2]

The region is drawn with rivers and studded with many lakes. It contains large areas of pristine Acadian forest. The geography of the Tobeatic is quite varied as it consists of wetlands, woodlands, scrublands and barrens. The following glacial features can be found here: glacial barrens, erratics, drumlins, eskers, glacial outwash (sandur) and kettle lakes.

The Tobeatic differs from Kejimkujik National Park in that some hunting and public leasing of land is allowed, and that campsites, canoe routes, and portages are not as developed or maintained. However, the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour, Protected Areas Division, is in the process of opening some trails systems and retiring hunting camps. All Terrain Vehicle use within the Reserve has also been disallowed. Along with Kejimkujik, the Tobeatic is part of the UNESCO designated Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve.[3]

The government of Nova Scotia has given approximately 30 leaseholders the choice of trading their leased land for $20,000 (Cdn. funds) and property on government land elsewhere. As of January 1, 2007, about 25 have agreed. Under the current lease agreement, leased land reverts to government control once the current leaseholder dies.



The Tobeatic Wilderness Area is made up of several geological units including: the Goldenville Formation, the Halifax Formation, and Middle to Late Devonian biotite monzogranite and leucomonzogranite. It's surficial geology is largely a stoney till plain and contains many moraines, eskers, hummocks and drumlins


Wildlife in the Tobeatic Game Reserve includes eastern moose and white-tailed deer.[4]


A book on "Paddling the Tobeatic" was published by Nimbus Publishers.[2] The Tobeatic/Kejimkujik area is also the setting for "The Tent Dwellers", although at that time, neither the Tobeatic Wilderness Reserve nor Kejimkujik National Park existed.


Rivers in the Tobeatic Wilderness Area include:

Lakes and Rivers[edit]

Shelburne River system[edit]

  • Back Lake
  • Beverley Lake
  • Buckshot Lake
  • Churchill Lake
  • Cofan Lake
  • Dunn Lake
  • East Bingay Lake
  • First Beaver Lake
  • Flagstaff Lake
  • Granite Lake
  • Harlow Lake
  • House Lake
  • Irving Lake
  • Little Cofan Lake
  • Little Pine Lake
  • Little Tobeatic Lake
  • Little Tupper Lake
  • Lost Lake
  • Lower Silver Lake
  • Morton Lake
  • Oscar Lake
  • Pebbeloggitch Lake
  • Pine Lake
  • Sand Lake
  • Sand Beach Lake
  • Second Beaver Lake
  • Siskech Lake
  • Stoney Ditch Lake
  • Tobeatic Lake
  • Upper Silver Lake

Caribou River System[edit]

  • Headwaters (drains into Tusket river)

Clyde River System[edit]

  • Clyde Lake
  • Otter Lake
  • Third Bear Lake

Jordan River System[edit]

  • Babs Lake
  • Black Duck Lake
  • Boot Lake
  • Harlow Lake
  • Joe Flogger Pond
  • Long Lake
  • Longview Lake
  • Lower Branch Lake
  • Martin Lake
  • Mullins Lake
  • Spectacle Lake
  • Upper Branch Lake
  • Wainwright Lake

Napier River System[edit]

  • Chelsea Deadwater
  • Churchills lake
  • Dugeau Lake
  • Harlow Lake
  • Napier Lake
  • Rushy Lake
  • Stony Pond

Roseway River System[edit]

  • Bald Mountain Lake
  • Berry Lake
  • Big Dispatch Lake
  • Big Round Lake
  • Bluffhill Lake
  • Bowers Lake
  • Crain Lake
  • Cranberry Lake
  • First Round Lake
  • Grass Lake
  • Great Pine Lake
  • Handsled Lake
  • Halfmoon Lake
  • Junction Lake
  • Little Dispatch Lake
  • Little Stony Lake
  • McGill Lake
  • Mink Lake
  • Moose Lake
  • North Bingay Lake
  • Quinlan Lake
  • Rocky Pond
  • Roseway Lake
  • South Bingay Lake
  • Skudiak Lake
  • Three River Lake
  • Trap Lake
  • Twin Lakes
  • West Bingay Lake
  • West Roseway Lake
  • Whetstone Lake
  • Whitecap Lake

Sissiboo River System[edit]

  • Big Pine Lake
  • Cranberry Lake
  • Dish Lake
  • Granite Lake
  • Hardwood Lake
  • Little Dish Lake
  • Little Loon Lake
  • Little Pine Lake
  • Moosehide Lake
  • Rocky Daniels lake
  • Second Daniels lake
  • Sporting Lake
  • Third Daniels Lake
  • Western Lake
  • Whitesand Lake

Tusket River, East Branch[edit]

  • Clearwater Lake
  • Dog Lake
  • East Cranberry Lake
  • Little Lake
  • Oakland Lake
  • Rockyshore Lake
  • Rush Lake
  • South Wallace Lake
  • Sunday Lake


Archaeological research shows that the Mi’kmaq people were present in the Tobeatic at least 4500 years ago.[1]

Myths & Legends[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour (2006). "Tobeatic Wilderness Area Management Plan" (PDF). Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Andrew L. (2004). Paddling the Tobeatic. Nimbus. p. 370. ISBN 1-55109-492-4. 
  3. ^ SNBRA. "SNBRA's History". Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (2007). "Recovery Plan for Moose (Alces alces Americana) in Mainland Nova Scotia" (PDF). Nova Scotia Government. Retrieved 8 February 2016.