12 Percent - Parks and Protected Areas System Plan Consultation

Petersfield Provincial Park


Cape Breton


22.81 Hectares




Designated; Operational

Location NS Atlas

14 X 2

Managed As

Core Park

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A popular historic park featuring ruins of an 18th century estate and an extensive system of walking trails.

Protection Values

Protects important cultural features (foundations, artifacts, wells, etc.) and significant horticultural species

Education Values

Regionally significant cultural themes; significant horticultural plantings.  Nearby school uses it as a classroom for culture and plants.

Tourism Values

Regionally significant park values; used by both locals and tourists for large events.  Some birding

Outdoor Recreation Values

Extensive system of walking trails, picnicking, cross-country skiing; Canada Day celebrations, municipal summer programs

Annual Visitation

Canada Day up to 10,000; few hundred per day summers; winter up to 100.  This park has activity from early morning to dark

Other Site Considerations

Close to an urban area with unauthorized activities, vandalism and dumping.

Off-season parking limited.

Rare plants are present but not identified for public study.

Susceptible to coastal processes (storm events with high tide surge or wind driven waves) that cause site erosion