12 Percent - Parks and Protected Areas System Plan Consultation

Graves Island Provincial Park




50.23 ha


Outdoor Recreation


Designated; Operational

Location NS Atlas

66 X 4

Managed As

Core Park

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A popular coastal campground overlooking Mahone Bay that has been recently redeveloped to improve visitor experiences.

117 campsites, open for camping from May to October

Protection Values

No significant values identified.

Education Values

Locally significant opportunity to interpret coastal islands and shoreline.

Tourism Values

Regionally significant coastal destination camping opportunity in the highly promoted Mahone Bay Tourism area, adjacent to 100 series highway.

Outdoor Recreation Values

Camping, picnicking, coastal hiking and walking trails, boat launch, shoreline access, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing

Annual Visitation

7,018 Campers; Day-use unknown

Annual Revenue

2010: $145,623

Operating Cost

2010: $268,159

Site Considerations

Coastal property periodically impacted by storm events creating high tide surges. Erosion rate of coast line is relatively small and manageable


Many large community events hosted in park.