12 Percent - Parks and Protected Areas System Plan Consultation

Whycocomagh Provincial Park




195.84 Hectares


Outdoor Recreation


Designated; Operational

Location NS Atlas

22 Z 1

Managed As

Supporting Park

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This park provides scenic views of the Skye River Valley and Bras d’Or Lake and offers camping and day-use opportunities. Park was redeveloped in 2011.

37 campsites, 3 yurt sites, open for camping from June to October.

Protection Values

One species of vascular plant found within the park is critically imperiled.

Education Values

Regionally significant opportunity to interpret landscape development themes and the Bras d’Or Lake. Culturally significant heritage values due to close proximity to First Nations settlement, potential archeological values and early Scottish settlement history.  Park contains Salt Water Brook that is associated with mineralized deposits around Salt Mountain

Tourism Values

Regionally and locally significant park on Bras d’Or Lake. Currently the only Provincial campground accessed directly from the Trans Canada Highway. Significant for community festivals and events throughout the year. Fishing.

Outdoor Recreation Values

Camping, yurts installed in 2011, 5 kilometers of hiking trails including scenic look-offs, picnicking, access to Bras d’Or Lake, bird watching; well-used by community

Annual Revenue

2010: $36,988

Operating Cost

2010: $224,328

Other Site Considerations

Power line right-of-way within the park..

Entry road is public highway and provides access for municipal water.