NS opens online reservations for provincial campgrounds

On Tuesday, Nova Scotia opened its reservation system for half a dozen campgrounds in the southwest region, but due to high demand, the Department of Natural Resources has only opened a few of its 20 campgrounds at a time.

Maddy Cox, a camping expert, says she saw several couples and campers looking for tents.

“We are anticipating another banner year for Nova Scotia Parks,” said Natural Resources Minister Tory Rushton.

By mid-afternoon, more than 7,200 reservations had been made, causing the website to be partially shut down.

As the parks prepare to fully open for the summer, Rushton doesn’t anticipate any issues with hiring enough staff to cover campground duties.

“It’s about 180 employees who are seasonal workers and we really haven’t had any issues in previous years, and I don’t expect anything this year,” Rushton says.

Camper Sarah Thompson and her husband moved from Ontario to Nova Scotia in December, citing recreation as one of the main reasons for their move.

“We came here for the nature in particular, so we’re definitely hiking all the time, and we’ve got our eyes on a few campgrounds, so I’m sure we’ll be visiting some soon,” says Thompson.

Despite the request, Minister Rushton says he does not expect the province to extend the camping season because many staff are students who will return to school in the fall.

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