Smileys

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, 2013. See Reservations for details and conditions.


Programs and Events

June 14, 2014
10 AM
Learn to Fish

This is an exciting hands-on informative program for youth ages 7 and up (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult), focusing on fisheries science, recreation, healthy outdoor living and an appreciation for Nova Scotia's aquatic environment.  The program consists of a "classroom" component and outdoor session.  In class, we will teach freshwater sportfish ID, fish habitat, what fish eat, ageing fish, how to assemble a fishing rod, terminal tackle, knot tying, safety, ethics and the importance of healthy living and outdoor recreation.  At the water, we will teach safety based casting and baiting the hook, retention and catch and release techniques, sportsmanship and follow "leave no trace" principles.  Dress warmly (weather appropriate), wear rubber boots, bring sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, water and snacks.  Sponsored by the NS Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture and NS Department of Natural Resourcis limited and pre-registration is required.  Participants must receive confirmation from the park in order to participate in this event.  To pre-register, contact greenojz@gov.ns.ca (prior to June 3rd ) or contact the park at (902) 757-3131 or email smileyspark@gov.ns.ca (after June 3rd).


 

June 21, 2014
2 PM
Rare Floodplain Communities & Flora

Join NS Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Division on a field trip that will showcase the rare floodplain formation, soils, vegetation and flora.  Participants should dress for weather conditions and wear appropriate footwear (rubber boots or hiking footwear).  Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and water. This event is suitable for adults only.  Contact Sean Basquill (902) 679-6148 or basquisp@gov.ns.ca for meeting place.


 

June 28, 2014
2 PM
Lady Slipper Day

Come enjoy an easy, guided tour of Smiley's Provincial Park highlighting one of nature's wonders - the Showy Lady Slipper.  Don't forget to bring your camera. Please check with the park office for the meeting place for this event.  Dress for weather conditions and wear waterproof boots as the walk is quite wet!  Bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 757-3131 or smileyspark@gov.ns.ca.


 

July 1, 2014
12 PM
Canada Day Bicycle Parade

Celebrate Canada Day!  Children are invited to decorate their bikes and join the parade through the park and then enjoy some cake! Don't forget your bike helmets!  The parade will begin at noon sharp with the singing of O'Canada.  We will meet at the Campground Host site # 48 in the Cherry Loop near the comfort station.  Sponsored by the NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 757-3131 or smileyspark@gov.ns.ca.


 

July 5, 2014
2 PM
Wetland Wonders

Did you know wetlands actually filter polluted water?  Ponds and marshes are important habitats for many plants and animals.  Put on your boots and prepare to muck around as we look for frogs, salamanders, water insects, wetland plants and much more.  If we are really quiet, we may even see some turtles or other wetland visitors!  Dress to get wet and dirty and also for the weather.  Bring sunscreen, hat, rubber boots, insect repellent and water.  If you have a bug net or container, feel free to bring it along.  Please check with the park office for a meeting place.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 757-3131 or smileyspark@gov.ns.


 

July 12, 2014
10 AM to 11:30 AM
Storybook Walk

Join us on the trails for a modest hike as we share some of our favorite nature based story books.  Along the walk and in between readings we will use our senses to explore wildlife & look for signs to learn about some of their fascinating stories as well.  This program is designed for families & younger participants ages four and up, adult supervision is required.  Feel free to bring any nature story book to share although keep in mind, we may not get to all of them! Dress for weather conditions and wear sturdy footwear.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat.  Meet at the park comfort station.  Sponsored by the NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact Amelia at (902) 384-3420 or email coxaw@gov.ns.ca.


 

July 19, 2014
11 AM to 2 PM
Family Fun Day

Join us for some fun filled activites that include face painting, pinatas, races, displays, crafts, free BBQ, an anitque fire truck and the Department of Natural Resources helicopter (fire hazard dependent)!  Dress for the weather as Fun Day happens rain or shine!  Meet by the playground in the day-use area of the park.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 757-3131 or smileyspark@gov.ns.ca.


 

July 26, 2014
2 PM
Beyond Biking

Come learn how to take care of your bike and even repair it yourself.  Participants will learn the importance and safety of maintaining your bicycle.  Learn how to tighten your chain, adjust the hand brakes, adjust the seat and handlebar height.  Participants will be educated on patching and changing a tire tube.  The importance of wearing a helmet and other safety gear will also be discussed.  Bring along your bike, helmet and tools if you have them.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources. Contact Thomas by email at tdfrancis@hotmail.com or the park at (902) 757-3131 or smileyspark@gov.ns.ca.


 

August 2, 2014
2 PM to 5 PM
Geocaching & GPS

Learn the many uses of GPS units, how to use them and have fun.  The afternoon will involve a treasure hunt for multiple geocaches, inside will be a puzzle piece for your family or yourself to find.  You must collect all of them to put the puzzle together, decode it using the secret code and then find the buried treasure!  You are welcome to bring your own GPS unit to learn to use (you  must be able to enter coordinates).  A limited number of GPS's can be provided.  Pre-registration is required.   Children must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet by the playground at the shelter in the park. Dress for weather conditions.  You will be walking in a wooded area, so wear appropriate footwear.  Bring hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a GPS unit if you have one.   Sponsored by the NS Department of Natural Resources. To register contact Kara at mccurdkl@gov.ns.ca or phone (902) 758-7232.


 

August 9, 2014
2 PM
Homemade Ice Cream

Enjoy a taste of our rich agricultural history and observe how to milk a cow.  Learn the art of making ice cream by hand, the way farmers of this area have done for generations.  We will meet across from the park office.  Dress for weather conditions.  Sponsored by the local Annapolis Valley dairy farmers and NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 757-3131 or smileyspark@gov.ns.ca.


 

August 16, 2014
2 PM
Gold Panning

Come try your hand at gold panning and maybe even find some gold! Join park staff for this fun and informative introductory event.  Pans are limited, so if you have your own (a frisbee works well), please bring it along.  Dress for weather conditions and to get wet as this event takes place in the river!  Meet at the swimming hole in Birch Loop. Sponsored by the NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 757-3131 or smileyspark@gov.ns.ca.


 

August 23, 2014
TBA
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 b.macdonald@ns.sympatico.ca.  Please check at the tent site for free public sessions & viewing.  


 

August 30, 2014
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 c.towell@hotmail.com.


 

September 6, 2014
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 smileyspark@gov.ns.ca.


 

September 13, 2014
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 smileyspark@gov.ns.ca.


 

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 NovaScotia.com 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.

Smileys

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GPS Coordinates

X utm:
424257.408667

Y utm:
4984946.5929

 

Longitude:
63°57' 40.49" W

Latitude:
45°0' 50.13" N

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