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Carters Beach to be designated as provincial park

By Evan Taylor Nov 29, 2023 | 12:33 PM

Carters Beach, renowned as one of Nova Scotia’s most picturesque coastal treasures, is set to receive an official provincial park designation, including several adjacent islands in Queens County. This move aims to ensure the preservation and appreciation of the area’s unique environmental and cultural heritage for future generations.

Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables, expressed enthusiasm about the addition of Carters Beach to the provincial park system. “We’re pleased to add Carters Beach to our system of provincial parks that offer opportunities for recreation, education, research, tourism, and enjoying nature,” said Rushton. “With this designation, we’re aiming to strike the balance between allowing Nova Scotians and visitors to experience this very special place while also protecting its natural features.”

Known for its towering dunes and salt marsh, Carters Beach serves as a vital habitat for colonial nesting birds, including the endangered piping plover, as well as at-risk lichen, moss, and orchids.

To enhance the visitor experience, the Department plans to implement several amenities, including a new parking lot, a trail to the beach, accessible vault toilets, and garbage facilities. In addition, signage and outreach activities will be introduced to help visitors understand and respect the park’s unique cultural and natural features. Site preparation for these enhancements is slated to commence shortly.