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Dollar Lake Provincial Park

Dollar Lake is a longtime favourite getaway for families from central Nova Scotia.

Located just a short drive from Halifax and the Stanfield International Airport, it’s surprisingly quiet and has everything you need to spend a day or a few nights.

Come for an afternoon swim in the fresh water lake, the deepest in the region and surrounded by decades-old hemlock trees. Have a picnic on the sandy beach or set up your tent at one of the campsites and stay a while.

When you’re tired of swimming, pass the time with a bit of hiking, boating or fishing. There’s plenty of wildlife to look for too. Watch for beavers, salamanders and turtles and at night you’re sure to hear the haunting call of the loon from across the water.

The camping is a bit rustic (no electrical hookups) but there are toilets and showers.

Water sports like boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing are popular here.

Directions: Dollar Lake Provincial Park is on Route 212. Take Exit 5a off Highway 102.
Opening times: The park is officially open from mid-May to mid-September.