Graves Island

2015 Season - May 15 – Oct 12

Visitor Notices: A new electronic entrance gate system is now in place. Campers will be charged a $3 deposit for the card. This charge will be refunded upon the return of the card when their camping stay is over. Please stop at the admin building when leaving to receive the $3 refund.

Park Info: JGraves Islandoined to the mainland by a short causeway, the island is typical of many of the small islands found along Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast. This quiet ocean-side campground has long been a popular vacation spot for Nova Scotians and visitors alike.

The campground is an excellent base for outdoor adventures including ocean kayaking and biking along the South Shore as well as day tripping to the area's many attractions.

Facilities and Services
Graves Island offers a 95 site campground, including 33 electrical and water sites. The park also has walking trails, picnic area, swimming area and boat launch. The campground has water outlets and a trailer dump station.

WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

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

Walk in Tenting Sites
The large walk-in tenting sites are located along an woodland roadway, a short walk (100 m) from the main parking lot. These sites offer a sense of remoteness in a convenient location.

Programs and Events

10 AM and 11 AM
Chester-Graves Island Walk and Potluck Picnic

Join the Dartmouth Volksmarch Club for a 5 or 10 KM hike.  The 5 KM walk begins at 11 AM and is rated as 2A - some moderate hill or stair climbing and almost entirely on pavement, probably suitable for a baby stroller.  The 10 KM begins at 10 AM and is rated as 2B  - some moderate hill or stair climbing and a significant part of the walk takes place on well-groomed trails with very little difficult terrain.  Dress for weather conditions and wear sturdy walking shoes or boots.  Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water, snack and a contribution to the potluck picnic.  Meet at the park.  Take Exit 7 from Hwy 103, then Hwy 3 to East Chester and Graves Island Provincial Park. New walkers have 5 free walks.  Club members pay a fee of $2. For the 10 KM please contact Margaret at (902) 454-9280.  For the 5 KM walk, please contact Brenda at (902) 444-0649..


Nearby Attractions

Lunenburg (44 km)
  • DesBrisay Museum
  • Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
  • Knaut Rhuland House Museum

New Ross (40 km)
  • Ross Farm Museum

Nearby Beaches

Queensland Beach Provincial Park

Cleveland Beach Provincial Park

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

How to Find Us

Located on Route 3, it is 3 km (2 mi.) east of the villlage of Chester and about 5 km west of Exit 7 on the Hwy 103. Our civic address is: 230 Graves Island Rd, East Chester.

Graves Island

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GPS Coordinates

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W 64 13.118

N 44 33.932