May 31, 2023: Advisory related to wildfire hazard and provincial bans
Parks and Trails Closures and Restrictions
In addition to the Province of Nova Scotia restricting travel and activities in wooded areas, the Municipality of Colchester has closed all wooded areas of municipal parks and the Cobequid Trail effective 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 31. Stewiacke River Park is fully closed, as it is heavily wooded. However, non-wooded areas of some municipal parks, such as playgrounds, sports fields and ball diamonds remain open for use.
For parks which have both wooded and non-wooded areas, the wooded areas are closed and the non-wooded areas remain open unless posted closed. An example of this would be Nelson Memorial Park where the playground, washrooms and lawn areas remain open, but the wooded sections, including trails through the woods, are closed.
The lawn area of Five Islands Lighthouse Park remains open, however the old field, grass paths, and wooded section are closed.
The Foresthill walkway to Redcliff Middle School and the Robin Road walkway to Valley Elementary School remain open.
Fundy Discovery Site remains open.
Fires, open flames and barbeque use are prohibited in all Colchester parks and trails.
Parks and trails that are fully closed include the following:
Cobequid Trail - all sections (Old Barns, Lower Truro, Valley, Bible Hill and Truro)
Stewiacke River Park
Burnside Falls Park (closed since Sept 2022 due to extensive hurricane damage)
Springwaters Park and Trail
Valley Nature Trail (behind Valley Elementary)
Phoebe Lane to Falcon Road parkland and trail
Ice Pond Drive to Birch Street trail and wooded area (playground is open)
former Salmon River School property
Closures will be completed and signed as soon as possible.