Government is planning to invest $400,000 in upgrades at Battery Provincial Park in Richmond County, Cape Breton.
The upgrades are part of a multi-year parks improvement plan and will include electricity to 20 campsites, a new water system and dish washing station. There will also be a new building for administrative services.
“Battery Provincial Park has had a tremendous season, with more visitors and local park users enjoying its campsites and beautiful water views than ever before,” said Michel Samson, Minister of Energy, on behalf of Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. “As the season wraps up, it’s great to see improvements and increased popularity at many of our provincial parks.”
This year, the provincial park saw 2,369 campsite bookings, an increase of 820 from 2015. This is an increase of 53 per cent.
Located next to St. Peter’s Bay and the Bras d’Or Lakes, Battery Provincial Park, has 56 campsites, a beach and walking trails with water views.
Provincial Parks enjoyed record participation this year. About 70,000 campsite bookings have been made in provincial parks this year, a 24 per cent increase over 2015.
The parks system saw many improvements and popular new programs this year, including:
–- a new, more user-friendly parks reservation website making online campsite reservations easier, resulting in the busiest opening day ever
— two free nights offered to Grade 4 students in the form of a coupon that were used by 825 families
— a discounted campsite rate for veterans who served Canada or any Commonwealth country was introduced this year, and more than 10,500 of campers took advantage of either the veterans discount or the seniors discount
— a Learn 2 Camp program organized by Scouts Canada for first-time campers at Blomidon Provincial Park. Seven families participated, including two families who are new Canadians
— there were 83 campground hosts units this year, who help to make visitors feel welcome while helping campers find local events and features that match their interests. Sixteen out of 20 provincial camping parks participate in the campground host program.
Nova Scotia has 130 camping, day-use, and beach parks. More information about provincial parks is available at http://parks.novascotia.ca.