Rissers Beach Provincial Park

Camp by the windswept dunes

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Beginner-friendly

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After a weekend camping at Rissers Beach, you’ll be counting down the days to your return. White-sand shores, inland marshes and neat nearby towns – what more could you want? Not to mention, the campsites are awesome. With nearly a hundred to choose from, you’re sure to find your ideal spot.

Rissers Beach Provincial Park

Rissers Beach Provincial Park, Green Bay, NS, Canada

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Driving time from Halifax

1.5 hours

Campsites

99

Beaches to explore

1

Planning your stay

A little bit of everything

On your way there

As you make your way south along Highway 103 from Halifax, it’s hard not to be distracted by the colourful villages. With little shops and local food, a quick stopover feels like a mini holiday even if you’re not far from home. A favourite is Hubbards Cove off Exit 6. Every Saturday morning there’s a farmer’s market.

Where to set up camp

From Highway 103, take Exit 15 onto Highway 331, then continue south for 14km until you see signs for Rissers Beach Provincial Park. In the park there are technically three camping areas: North Rissers Loop A, Little Rissers Loop B and Little Rissers Loop C. Both Little Rissers B and C are located on the beach side of Highway 331, while North Rissers is inland. If you want to be fall asleep with the sound of the waves, then camping at Little Rissers is the recommended spot.

The park has an interpretation centre, a canteen, a playground, a picnic area, a dishwashing station, fire grills and changing rooms with showers by the beach.

Things to do

With a sandy beach spanning 1.5km, trails and marshland boardwalks, Rissers Beach gives you places to play on land and in the water. For swimmers, the water is warmest in late July to early September, and the beach is supervised in July and August. The water’s different each day. Your first swim might feel like a spa, and your second like a wave pool. Kayaking is also popular.

If you prefer to stay on land, the intertidal zone is a haven for all sorts of critters, and strewn with giant boulders known as glacial erratics. Walking along the beach, you’ll eventually run into Petite Riviere, where you can watch the sailboats glide in and out of the estuary.

Seasonal considerations

The park is open from mid-May until the beginning of October. While you aren’t able to camp during the winter months, Rissers Beach is still a nice spot to visit in the off-season. October evenings on the beach might be chilly, but the colourful fall backdrop makes it worth it.

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