Going it alone at Nova Scotia Provincial Park campgrounds: How the shift to self-service affects campers

Countdown, T-minus-2-Days until Parks Nova Scotia reservation lines open for camping season 2015. Here’s how the move for some campgrounds to self-service will affect you.

East Coast Glamping

Photographer: Scott Munn | Source NSTA Photographer: Scott Munn | Source NSTA

This camping season, ‘Ranger Google’ might be campers port-of-call at some Nova Scotia provincial parks. We asked how this will affect your camping experience.

Nova Scotia will see seven of 20 provincial parks move to self-service, including two parks located within Halifax Regional Municipality.  We had a few questions around how this will affect campers and glampers alike. Here’s what we found out…

Campgrounds moving to a self-service model (Red are campgrounds East Coast Glamping services)

Here’s a few considerations:

  1. Self-service check-in: It will be important campers have their registration form printed and know their campsite before arriving. This will help you…

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Petit Fours: MasterChef-themed birthday party

It’s almost that birthday time of year again. Think it’ll be hard to top our Master Chef Party. Anyone looking to recreate this amazing soiree, Paige and Peacock Event Design can put together complete decor packs including How-to’s/Party Bags/Menu’s for reasonable rates:


Homemade banner by Paige and Peacock Homemade banner by Paige and Peacock

I divulge…I’ve finally conceded to the addictive nature of reality TV. I blame the foodie in me…and my daughter, who spent an afternoon over Christmas holiday watching a MasterChef omnibus. We were hooked.

“Can I have a MasterChef birthday?” she inquired, knowing perfectly well I would rise to the challenge.

Friends who know me, know I’m party-crazed, theme-obsessed and committed to raising the bar when it comes to kids parties. From down-to-earth camp parties to glamorous spa spectacular, and even a splashy mermaid party complete with custom-made tails, there is no theme too challenging — even a party that involves nine kids (plus a few adults) creating chaos in the kitchen.IMG_5406

Here’s the highlights from our MasterChef 12th birthday party, in partnership with my fabulous sister, owner of Paige and Peacock Event Designs, recently launching its children’s party division ‘Petit Fours @ Paige and…

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Community Herald: SWAT a splash for success

SWAT tryouts begin next week if you’re interested in making a splash check out


SWAT Coach Ryan Laustsen gives stroke technique instructions during a summer camp at Sackville Sports Stadium. A second Skill Development camp will run Aug. 18 - 22. SWAT Coach Ryan Laustsen gives stroke technique instructions during a summer camp at Sackville Sports Stadium. A second Skill Development camp will run Aug. 18 – 22.

Community swim team training Nova Scotia’s next great competitiveswimmers

Swimmers work their techniques, arching their back just the right way and pointing their toes outwards to master the front crawl, as SWAT team coaches Heidi Miller and Ryan Laustsen are on the sun-flooded deck at Sackville Sports Stadium pool during a Skills Development camp.

Sackville Waves Aquatic Team dares swimmers to be awesome, according to their website logo and SWAT president Peter Bush says the team is training future Olympians and Nova Scotia’s next great competitive swimmers.

“The team won two provincial championships for top team by Age Group and Novatech, to add to the two championships in 2013 and three medals at the last Canada Games,” says Bush.

For the full…

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