Porters Lake

2014 Season - May 16 - Oct. 13

Park Info: Only minutes from metropolitan Halifax/Dartmouth, Porters LakePorters Lake Provincial Park is the perfect escape from the urban rush, yet the park is close enough for day trips to visit the many attractions found in the metro area. The quiet lakeside setting offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities including camping, boating, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, and swimming.

Facilities and Services
Porters Lake has 80 campsites, a picnic area, boat launch and trailer dump station. The small unsupervised beach is ideal for family fun.

Although there are no electrical hookups on the loop sites water and vault toilets are conveniently located throughout the campground. Electrical hook-ups are available 10 RV pull through sites. Accessible flush toilets and showers are available.

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, 2013. See Reservations for details and conditions.

Programs and Events

May 11, 2014
10 AM
World Walking Day

Join the Dartmouth Volksmarch Club on World Walking Day for an easy 5 km or 10 km guided walk at Porters Lake Provincial Park and area.  Suitable for all ages.  This walk is rated 1B and will take place on well-groomed park trails with very little more difficult terrain and some pavement walking.  Wear walking boots or shoes and dress for weather conditions.  Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water and a snack.  We will meet at the parking lot entrance at 1160 West Porters Lake Road to sign-in.  Please note that there is a $1 event fee.  Contact Belinda at (902) 434-6412 for the 10 km walk or Margaret at (902)454-9280 for the 5 km walk.  


July 19, 2014
12 PM to 2 PM
Family Fun Day

Join us for our family fun day.  There will be activites for the whole family including outdoor games, potty toss, face painting, relays, scavenger hunt, fish tank, BBQ and cake.  Please dress for weather conditions and meet beside the main parking area.  Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact Bob at (902) 827-3404 or email porterslakepark@gov.ns.ca.  Rain Date: Saturday, July 26 from 12 PM to 2 PM.


Nearby Attractions

Porters Lake (5 km)
  • Old Hall Wilderness Heritage Centre

Musquodoboit Harbour (21 km)
  • Musquodoboit Railway Museum

Shearwater/Eastern Passage (32 km)
  • Fisherman's Cove
  • Shearwater Aviation Museum


Jeddore Oyster Pond (33 km)
  • Fisherman's Life Museum

Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park

Martinique Beach Provincial Park

Cole Harbour/Lawrencetown Coastal Hertiage Park System

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

Just 23 kilometers east of Dartmouth, the park is 4.4 km (2.7 mi.) south of Exit 19 from Highway 107, on the West Porters Lake Rd. Our civic address is: 1160 West Porters Lake Road, West Porters Lake, HRM.

Porters Lake

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63°18' 32.01" W

44°41' 27.98" N


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