As the Victoria Day weekend approaches, several camping and day-use parks in Nova Scotia (Canada) will open today, Friday, May 19.
As per a report, these provincial parks provide visitors with an opportunity to experience stunning views, tranquil surroundings, and pristine beaches.
Tory Rushton, minister of Natural Resources and Renewables, highlighted the importance of parks, stating, “Our parks offer physical and mental health benefits for Nova Scotians and they’re also important for tourism and business all across our province.” He added, “That’s why we’re making a significant investment in our park infrastructure this year. We’re doing a variety of upgrades with a focus on safety and improving the visitor experience.”
The Capital Plan for this year has allocated CA$10.2 million toward provincial park repairs and upgrades, reflecting a substantial increase of CA$9.2 million from the previous year. Projects are currently being assessed and prioritized based on factors such as visitor safety, overall experience, and accessibility improvements.
Provincial campgrounds in Nova Scotia have seen a steady rise in popularity. In 2022, approximately 1.5 million people visited camping and day-use parks, marking an increase of about 200,000 visitors compared to 2021. Additionally, camping parks hosted 99,304 paid overnight stays, representing a nine per cent increase.
The outdoor recreation industry is a significant contributor to Nova Scotia’s economy and overall quality of life. Investments in provincial park infrastructure not only boost tourism but also support local businesses that rely on park visitors for revenue.
As people increasingly seek outdoor activities for leisure and relaxation, the province’s commitment to prioritizing park improvements is a strategic move to capitalize on this growing trend.
The opening of Nova Scotia’s provincial parks for the season offers residents and tourists alike an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty and recreational activities available at these scenic destinations. The province’s commitment to investing in park infrastructure ensures that visitors will have a safe and enjoyable experience.