The Region covers 124,200 hectares of land within it, the Avon River empties into the Minas Basin where the world’s highest tides rise and fall along 160 kilometers of shoreline and the banks of tidal rivers. Thirty kilometers of dykes protect 2,436 hectares of land. A variety of lakes and rivers provide opportunities for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and boating. There are two Provincial Parks (Smileys and Falls Lake), two Park Reserves (Cheverie Salt Marsh and St. Croix), wilderness areas, 12% protected lands (as identified by Environment NS,) and Crown land within the Region.

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Our parks and open spaces are used for personal and organized recreation, to connect with people, and to enjoy nature. We currently own and/or manage 73 parcels of parks and open space land, totaling 492.5 acres. Of those 73, 43 parcels are used by citizens for recreational purposes. Currently 21 sites are developed and maintained as recreation sites: Dr. Silas Rand Park, Shamrock Ball Field, Chittick Park, John Wiley Walkway, Fundy Centennial Park, Foundry Field, McDade Park, Hantsport Riverbank Cemetery, Prince Street Path, Eldridge Road Recreation Site, Falmouth Mini Park & Causeway Trail, Falmouth Boat Launch, Irishmans Road Recreation Site, St. Croix Recreation Site, Brooklyn Fire Hall Trail, Cheverie Salt Marsh Restoration Trail, Kempt Quarry Recreation Site, Hobarts Beach, Upper Burlington Planters Trail, Avondale Wharf & Waterfront, and Armstrong Lake. 

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To learn more, check out the ten-year Parks and Open Space Plan which has been developed to direct the management (e.g. operations, maintenance, acquisition, divestment, funding, programming, education) of recreational spaces.
If you have any questions about trails, active transportation, recreational opportunities or programming in the Regional Municipality, please contact Bekah Craik, our Active Living Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-790-9647.

pdf Parks and Open Space Plan Main Body (7.20 MB)
pdf Parks and Open Space Plan Inventory Sheets (Appendix 2)
(37.29 MB)
pdf Parks and Open Space Plan Appendices 1 3 6 (3.95 MB)

Happy Trails!

The Community Development Team!