12 Percent - Parks and Protected Areas System Plan Consultation

Dollar Lake Provincial Park




1167.91 Hectares


Natural Environment


Designated; Operational

Location NS Atlas

59 W 2

Managed As

Core Park

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A popular camping and day-use park in close proximity to metro Halifax-Dartmouth which offers freshwater sand beaches on a large lake and opportunities for walking and boating.

111 campsite, open for camping from June to October

Protection Values

A relatively large and undisturbed landbase that is home to two bird species considered critically imperilled, three that are imperilled and twenty that are considered vulnerable to extirpation or extinction.  One fish species is also considered vulnerable to extirpation or extinction.  Property on western shore of Dollar Lake was recently acquired and now the entire lakeshore is provincially-owned.

Education Values

Regionally significant educational opportunity with potential to interpret a variety of natural features including lake and forest and two distinct ecodistricts.  The park has been identified as a significant location for the delivery of aboriginal cultural interpretation programs.

Tourism Values

Regionally significant freshwater recreation opportunity primarily serving Halifax Regional Municipality and surrounding area. Camping and frontcountry hiking with potential to develop backcountry hiking and camping as well as connections largely on Crown land to several nearby Wilderness Areas, boat launch, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing  

Annual Visitation

Campers 7950; Day-use unknown but high due to fresh water beach

Annual Revenue

2010: $104,938

Operating Cost

2010: $250,552

Other Site Considerations

11 kilometre entry road

Scout Camp lease on parcel of land on the western border of the lake.

Potential link for Trans Canada Trail corridor.