- Jess Hartjes
Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site
THE camping spot in Nova Scotia, Keji can accommodate campers from basic to badass—and even offers a little glamping, via roofed accommodations in between. Hike or bike the many trails and loops, go gaga for crazy clear night skies at the Dark Sky Preserve, paddle and portage your way to a secluded, serene site in the park—there’s so much here you could spend the entirety of your summer exploring it.
3005 Kejimkujik Main Parkway Maitland Bridge, parkscanada.gc.ca
Ovens Natural Park
The “ovens” this picturesque south shore spot are known for are actually over a century-old sea caves (much cooler name), carved out along the cliffs of the Riverport. Folks flock here for day trips, picnics and hikes but camping on the surging sea is something spectacular. You can pull up an RV, rent a rustic cabin or pitch your tent on one of the 75 woodland and seaside sites.
326 Ovens Road, Riverport ovenspark.com
For car-less urbanites
Ever wonder what it’d be like to spend a night in the middle of the Halifax Harbour? Well, if you promise to leave no trace and light no fires, setting up camp on McNabs Island is totally doable. Before you hire a ride from harbour taxi (like King’s Wharf’s public service, 902-818-0800) and start packing, drop the Department of Natural Resources a line (902-861-2560) to get the go-ahead.
For travellers with some time to spare
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Free admission to the national parks this summer is a good reason to make the road trip to Cape Breton (it doesn’t include camping fees, but still) and the massive national park is full of camping options for all levels of outdoors-people. (This Caper recommends Fishing Cove.) If you’re looking for a spot outside the park, seek out Pollett’s Cove for off-the-beaten track hiking, raging ocean and wild horses.
Cape Breton Highlands, parkscanada.gc.ca
This wilderness park in Advocate Harbour looks over the cliffs of the breathtaking Bay of Fundy, offering both walk-in and backcountry sites for camping and over 40 kilometres of front country and backcountry hiking trails that boast both coastal and inland views. Some of the hiking here is serious business, just an FYI, and there is also opportunity to book a kayak-accessible campsite.
1108 West Advocate Road, Advocate Harbour
For campers who like their beds
Dreamy yurt on A private island
Katherine Marsters—who owns adorable general store in Blue Rocks, The Point General—rents out a handmade yurt, on a private island, that you have to canoe to (it’s provided). The yurt, with its queen-sized bed and compostable toilet, allows you some of the luxuries of home, plus the natural beauty of the south shore right outside your door, no tent required. Canoe, swim—walk around naked for all I care—in total solitude.
Blue Rocks, airbnb.ca