12 Percent - Parks and Protected Areas System Plan Consultation

Rissers Beach Provincial Park




101.38 ha


Outdoor Recreation


Designated; Operational

Location N.S. Atlas:

80 V1

Managed As

Core Park

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One of Nova Scotia’s most popular provincial parks, this property overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and offers camping, swimming at a beautiful sand beach, interpretive displays and salt marsh boardwalk.

96 campsites, open for camping from May to October

Protection Values

One species of small mammal found within the park is listed as critically imperiled.

Education Values

Locally significant opportunity to interpret regional landscapes and coastal processes; has an interpretive kiosk and saltmarsh trail.  This park has been identified as a significant location for the delivery of aboriginal cultural interpretation programs.

Tourism Values

Regionally significant park opportunity with high quality beach resource and supporting facilities and services, sand castle competition.

Outdoor Recreation Values

Camping, swimming, picnicking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing

Annual Visitation

8698 Campers; Day-use unknown

Annual Revenue

2010: $190,910

Operating Cost

2010: $294,231

Site Considerations

Maturing forest cover may require ecological restoration to remove dead and dying trees in public use areas and to re-establish suitable forest cover

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