News release

Owls Head Provincial Park Designation

Natural Resources and Renewables

The Province is designating Owls Head as Nova Scotia’s next provincial park.

Natural Resources and Renewables Minister Tory Rushton announced today, June 14, the protection of 266 hectares of Crown lands at Owls Head in Little Harbour, Halifax Regional Municipality.

“The designation of this land as a provincial park is a clear indication of our promise to protect more land in Nova Scotia,” said Minister Rushton. “We are committed to transparency and giving the public an opportunity to provide input on how public lands are used, managed and protected.”

The Crown lands include a variety of coastal barrens and wetlands and exceptional bedrock-ridged topography. Owls Head is home to the piping plover and the barn swallow, two species at risk.

The Department will manage Owls Head as a natural park. The public will have access, but there will be no services, such as garbage collection, or facilities like washrooms and parking areas.

Quick Facts:

  • designating Crown lands as Owls Head Provincial Park furthers the Province’s goal of protecting 20 per cent of Nova Scotia’s land and water mass by 2030
  • the new park is made up of Crown lands totalling 266 hectares and includes three islands
  • some survey work and administrative steps are necessary before the designation is complete

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