Enjoy a picnic beside Tatamagouche Bay.

Nelson Park Trail in the fall
Nelson Park Butter Trail
Nelson Park Chalet
Nelson Park garden
Nelson Park gazebo
Nelson Park Trail fall
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Nelson Park Butter Trail
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Reservable picnic areas

Nelson Memorial Park has three picnic areas available for reservation, each with a shelter and tables. Each has a view of Tatamagouche Bay.

2021 Season:
May 8 - October 11
8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Shelter A

  • located in the centre of the park, with ocean view
  • 20' x 40' open air, timber frame shelter with concrete floor
  • seating under shelter for approximately 40 people
  • electricity
  • garbage/recycling bin
  • parking for 5 cars within 25 m; additional parking within 100 m
  • washrooms within 60 m
  • potable water within 10 m
  • playground within 50 m
  • adjacent large lawn area
  • beach within 300 m (Beach is unsupervised. Due to the tidal variation and shallow bay, recreational water activities are limited.)

Shelter B

  • located near the shore with ocean view
  • 16' x 18' open air shelter with gravel floor
  • seating under shelter for approximately 10 people
  • barbecue (you must bring charcoal briquettes)
  • no electricity
  • garbage/recycling bin
  • parking for up to 3 cars within 40 m
  • washrooms within 300 m
  • potable water within 300 m
  • playground within 300 m
  • adjacent, large lawn area
  • beach within 120 m (Beach is unsupervised. Due to the tidal variation and shallow bay, recreational water activities are limited.)

Shelter C

  • located near the park entrance, with open and ocean view
  • 16' x 18' open air shelter with gravel floor
  • seating under shelter for approximately 10 people
  • barbecue (you must bring charcoal briquettes)
  • garbage/recycling bin
  • no electricity
  • parking for up to 5 cars within 120 m
  • washrooms within 150 m
  • potable water within 150 m
  • playground within 40 m
  • adjacent, large lawn area
  • beach within 500 m (Beach is unsupervised. Due to the tidal variation and shallow bay, recreational water activities are limited.)

Facilities are available free-of-charge.

The following are prohibited

  • alcohol
  • stapled decorations, balloons or piñatas
  • amplified music or public address systems
  • amusement equipment (e.g., bouncy-house)

Set-up and clean-up

  • Users are responsible for all set-up and clean-up.
  • Time for set-up and clean-up must be included in the reservation time.
  • Set-up includes unloading of any food, supplies, extra tables, chairs, etc.
  • Clean-up consists of picking up all litter and removing all decorations, equipment and supplies. Please leave the area clean for the next visitors.

How to reserve a picnic area

  1. Read the information above to see if this park fits your needs.
  2. Choose a date and time for your event.
  3. Contact Colchester Recreation to check availability.
    • fill in the park reservation form
    • or call 902-897-3185
    • or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.