Ellenwood Lake

2015 Season - May 15 to Sept. 7

Park Info: Nestled between two lakes in the heart of southern Nova Scotia, this 114 ha (280 acre) park offers walking trails in a hardwood setting, canoeing, swimming, and camping for all those who like to enjoy the outdoors.

Ellenwood LakeThe quiet beauty of nature is evident everywhere. The shoreline holds some of Nova Scotia's rare plants, and the lakes have both brown and speckled trout, chain pickerel, and Atlantic salmon.

Facilities and Services
The park offers an 87-site campground, two picnic areas, boat launch, a supervised beach, and hiking trail.

Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2015. See Reservations for details and conditions.

Programs and Events

1 PM to 3 PM
Damsels and Dragons

Join NS Department of Natural Resources biologist, Duncan Bayne as we explore the fascinating world of damselflies and dragonflies.  Get a rare closer look at these beautiful insects as we search for emerging young larva and observe the intricate breeding behavior of the bright and colourful adult insects. Rubber boots or water sandals are a good idea but not essential.  Bring sun screen, hats, snacks, water and dress for the weather.  Meet at the Beach House.  Pre-registration is required.  Contact Deanna at (902) 648-3540 or email deanna.nauss@novascotia.ca


12 PM
Paddle to the Perseids

This is a two day event starting August 11 at 12 PM to August 13 at 11 AM.  Join "The Song of the Paddle" guides at beautiful Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park for our first annual "Paddle to the Perseids" summer event! "Rain or shine" enjoy two days and two nights of fun-filled camping at the park with your family and gather with our guides after supper each night for music, story-telling and an information session on the Perseid Meteor Shower as we wait for the sun to set and the night show to begin...  Weather permitting, darkness will find registered event participants heading out onto the water with our guides to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower from the comfort of their kayak or canoe in Canada's newest "Dark Sky Preserve"!  Bring your own boat or rent one from The Song of the Paddle and prepare for the best light show that Mother Nature can provide against a backdrop of some of the darkest night skies in the world.  Meet at the Beach House.  Please note that regular camping fees apply.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  To pre-register contact Deanna at (902) 648-3540 or email deanna.nauss@novascotia.ca.


2 PM to 4 PM
Nature Photography Workshop

Taking impressive images of nature doesn't depend on your camera, it depends on your vision.  Join Sue Hutchins - well-known local photographer and take an easy walk through the park while learning techniques that are sure to give your photography a boost.  Sue will talk about light, shapes, focusing techniques and much more.  This walk is for adults only.  Participants are asked to meet at the ski cabin/beach house.  Bring an open mind and a functioning camera (spare batteries and tripod optional).  Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring snacks and water.  Sponsored by Friends of Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park (FOEP). This event is free but donations to FOEP are welcome.  To pre-register contact Wendy at (902) 881-2566.  


2 PM to 4 PM
Pumpkin Carving

This will be the 5th annual pumpkin carving.  Come out and carve your pumpkin for Halloween.  Pumpkins will be supplied.  The carving will be done outside to enjoy the natural environment.  Participants must walk in from main gate.  Suitable for all ages, adult supervision is required for children.  Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cookies will be available.  Meet at the Ski Cabin/Beach House.  Sponsored by the Friends of Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park (FOEP).  This event is free but donations to FOEP are welcome. Contact Wendy at (902) 881-2566.  Rain date: Sunday, October 25 from 2 PM to 4 PM.


2 PM to 4 PM
Winter Bird Feeding Workshop

Join Carol and Gerald Jacquard, Yarmouth Birdwatchers, for a talk on what birds we can expect to see at our feeders and in our yards during winter. They will discuss their favourite types of birdfeeders and what to feed the different species of birds in winter. Meet at the Ski Cabin/Beach House.  Members of the Friends of Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park will demonstrate different types of suet bird feeders you can make at home to attract and help our feathered friends. Attendees will receive a suet ball to take home.   Light refreshments will be served.  Meet at the Ski Cabin/Beach House. Sponsored by Friends of Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park (FOEP).  This event is free but donations to the FOEP are welcome.  For more information, contact Wendy at (902) 881-2566.  Rain Date: Sunday, November 22 from 2 PM to 4 PM


4 PM to 8 PM
Geminids Meteor Shower

Join the Friends of Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park (FOEP) to view the Geminid Meteor showers.  The park has very minimal light pollution, so it is the perfect place to view this event.  In 2015, the Geminids will peak between December 13 and 14.  A waxing crescent Moon (Moon's phase after a New Moon) will create good conditions for viewing the shower.  Meet at Ski Cabin/ Beach House.  We will be serving chili, buns and hot drinks in the cabin.  This is a free event but donations to FOEP are welcome. Contact Wendy at (902) 881-2566 or visit www.friendsofellenwoodpark.ca.    


Nearby Attractions

Yarmouth (15 km)
  • Firefighters Museum of Nova Scotia
  • Yarmouth CountyMuseum
  • Cape Forchu


Saulnierville (45 km)
  • Bangor Sawmille Museum

For more information on these and other attractions, please consult the NovaScotia.com or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.

How to Find Us

Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park is located just 19 km (12 mi.) northeast of Yarmouth and 1.6 km (1 mi.) south of Deerfield. Exit 34 off Highway 101, proceed 6.5 km (4 mi.) along Route 340. Follow signs to the park entrance. Our civic address is: 1888 Mood Rd, Deerfield.


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GPS Coordinates

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66°0' 20.52" W

43°55' 46.13" N


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