2014 Season - June 13 - Sept. 22

Park Info: Located close to the town of Windsor, this quiet campground on the Meander River offers easy access to the many cultural and natural attractions in the area.

The areas abundant gypsum deposits have influenced the landscape and vegetation in and around the park. Campsites are nestled into a mix of forest and farmland habitats. Nodding trillium, ostrich fern, black-eyed susans can be found throughout the area.

Facilities and Services
The park offers an 86 site campground, picnic area, playground and walking trails. The campground has water outlets and a trailer dump station as well as a heated comfort station with flush toilets.

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, 2014. See Reservations for details and conditions.

Programs and Events

Nova East Astronomy Star Pary

This is the annual camping and observing weekend for the Halifax Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.  There will be various sessions throughout the day on how to use a telescope, astrophotography, as well as talks by guest speakers.  In the evening there will observing sessions scheduled with the public invited until 12 midnight (weather permitting).  Pre-registration is required and participation fees will be collected.($30.00/family).  Please note that regular camping fees also apply.  For more information and to pre-register contact Blair at  Please check at the tent site for free public sessions & viewing.  


2 PM
Mountain Biking Basics

An introduction to the sport of mountain biking.  Learn about safety, technical skills, ride preparation, trail etiquette, local trails and clubs.  Technical skills will be practiced such as: positioning, turning, riding obstacles, up and downhill techniques, followed by a short beginner level group ride on Smileys Provincial Park trails. This event is suitable for children/youth 9+ years of age and adults.  Participants will meet at the picnic park by playground.  Everyone is to have their own bike, mandatory helmet, water, comfortable clothing, cycling gloves, snacks, running or cycling shoes.  Sponsored by the Annapolis Valley Moutain Bike Association.  Contact Carolyn at (902) 690-5896 or email


2 PM
Fly Fishing

Often called a graceful art form, fly fishing can be an enjoyable lifetime pursuit.  Participants will learn the fundamentals of fly-casting, rods, reels, line selection and the equipment needed to get started.  Come join fly fishing expert, Brian Gilbert and associates, as we practice casting and try to encourage a fish to come to our fly.  Dress to be in the river!  Please bring along your own fly rod and reel if you have one as rods are in short supply. Bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks.  Meet at the swimming hole in Birch Loop.  Sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 757-3131 or


2 PM
Acadian Forest Tree ID

Come spend the afternoon strolling through the forests at Smiley's and discover the many types of trees that make up much of the Nova Scotia forests.  We will learn about the differences between hardwood and softwood; discuss some of the more common trees everyone knows, do some taste testing; learn about the animals that rely on our trees for food and shelter, and much more.  Dress for the weather, wear hiking boots or shoes.  Bring sunscreen, insect repellent and water.   Sponsored by the NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 757-3131 or


Nearby Attractions

Windsor (24 km)
  • Hockey Heritage Centre
  • Museums & Theatres

Mount Uniacke (26 km)
  • Uniacke Estate Museum & Park
  • Bell Park Hiking Trail


Halifax (65 km)
  • Halifax Citadel, Museums, Public Gardens

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 6.5 km east of Brooklyn, Hants County just off Route 14. Our civic address is: 109 Clayton McKay Rd, Hwy 14, Brooklyn.


Click here for a park map


GPS Coordinates

X utm:

Y utm:


63°57' 40.49" W

45°0' 50.13" N


Download Park Brochure