Various government materials have identified the property as “Owls Head,” “Owls Head Provincial Park,” or “Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve” (sometimes even misidentiying it as a legally designated park)

Much of the information below was redacted and/or not available to citizens until applicants Bob Bancroft & Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association initiated legal proceedings. While the court case did not grant the applicants the relief they were seeking, it did make valuable information available to the public.

Advocacy Resources

History of Owls Head Provincial Park

Policy documents and publications about Owls Head Provincial Park

Legal Case

Unfortunately, applicants Bob Bancroft and Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association did not win the judicial review, in part because the public trust doctrine isn’t yet accepted in Canadian courts. But this hurdle will not stop us from advocating for the park.

Documents Relating to the Proposed Sale

After nearly two years of unwavering resistance, Lighthouse Links Development Company withdrew from the Letter of Offer on November 23, 2021, citing a lack of government support.

Select Statements from Scientists and Organizations on the Ecological Value of Owls Head Provincial Park

Scientific Articles & Reports on These Types of Ecosystems

Economic Considerations

Since wetlands are among the most productive and diverse of all the ecosystems on earth, losing them means reduced biodiversity through the loss of local populations of fish, wildlife and plants that depend on wetlands for their habitat or food. Nova Scotia’s wetlands provide an estimated $7 .9 billion worth of benefits in ecosystem services to Nova Scotians annually, according to a GPI Atlantic study on the province’s water resource values.

Nova Scotia Wetland Conservation Policy, page
Visitor Exit Survey 2019

Freedom of Information Requests:

  1. FOIPOP 2019-00946-EXE
    Date Closed: December 9, 2019
    Submitted by: Media (CBC journalist Michael Gorman)
    Decision Maker: Executive Council Office
    Summary: All records since Jan 1/18, including minute letters, presentations, notes and emails regarding Owls Head and PID 00489591, 40751273, 40747586, 41308008, 41308016, 40747578 and 41307992

    This FOIPOP focuses largely on the negotiations to buy the parcel owned by the federal government. (The Federal Government has declined to participate and is instead protecting its parcel of land adjacent to Owls Head Provincial Park).

  2. FOIPOP 2019-00947-DLF (hosted on the government website)
    Date Closed: December 9, 2019
    Submitted by: Media (CBC journalist Michael Gorman)
    Decision Maker: Department of Lands and Forestry
    Summary: All records, including emails, briefing notes and presentations since Jan 1/18 related to Owls Head, Lighthouse Links, and PID 00555284

  3. FOIPOP 2020-00068 PRE (hosted on the government website)
    Date Closed: February 19, 2020
    Submitted by: A political party
    Decision Maker: Office of the Premier
    Summary: “Correspondence between the Premier’s Office and Michel Samson between January 2017 and January 2020 on the subject of Owls Head land.”
    * This FOIPOP produced no results

  4. FOIPOP 2020-00081-DLF (reduced copy hosted on this website)
    Date Closed: February 20, 2020
    Submitted by: Media
    Decision Maker: Department of Lands and Forestry
    Summary: A copy of the 2017 report by protected areas planners on Owls Head provincial park and any corresponding emails/records.
    * This PDF has been reduced in size, as the full-resolution copy is too large for our server. All of the pages are here, but the images may look a little fuzzier. If you would like a full-resolution copy, please email IAP Services at IAPServices@novascotia.ca.

  5. FOIPOP 2020-00016-DLF (reduced copy hosted on this website)
    Date Closed: March 5, 2020
    Submitted by: Political Party
    Decision Maker: Department of Lands and Forestry
    Summary: Request for records of a lobbyist on behalf of Owls Head and Lighthouse Links and the DLF
    * If you would like a full-resolution copy, please email IAP Services at IAPServices@novascotia.ca.

  6. FOIPOP 2019-00942-ENV (reduced copy hosted on this website)
    Date Closed: March 18, 2020
    Submitted by: Media
    Decision Maker: Department of Environment and Climate Change
    Summary: Request for environmental records on PID 00555284 – Owls Head, Lighthouse Links.
    * If you would like a full-resolution copy, please email IAP Services at IAPServices@novascotia.ca.

  7. FOIPOP 2020-00090-ENV (reduced copy hosted on this website)
    Date Closed: March 18, 2020
    Submitted by: Media
    Decision Maker: Department of Environment and Climate Change
    Summary: Requesting records of the 2017 report by protected areas planners on Owls Head provincial park
    * If you would like a full-resolution copy, please email IAP Services at IAPServices@novascotia.ca.

  8. FOIPOP 2020-00445-DLF (hosted on the government website)
    Date Closed: March 25, 2020
    Submitted by: Business
    Decision Maker: Department of Lands and Forestry
    Summary: Request for all documents regarding Owls Head Provincial Park from 2009 to 2013.

  9. FOIPOP 2020 00417 DLF.pdf (hosted on the government website)
    Date Closed: April 17, 2020
    Submitted by: Public Interest Group (Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association)
    Decision Maker: Department of Lands and Forestry
    Summary: Request for documentation RE offer mentioning Owl’s Head/Little Harbour/Eastern Shore from January 1, 2017, to January 1, 2020.
    *From the Letter of Offer to the Valuation of Owls Head, read our summary here.

  10. FOIPOP 2021-00670-ENV (hosted on the government website)
    Date Closed: June 16, 2021
    Submitted by: Media
    Decision Maker: Department of Environment and Climate Change
    Summary: “Any internal correspondence within Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) or between NSE and Department of Lands and Forestry about Owls Head Provincial Park after Dec. 18, 2019. Please include emails, memos, assessments, reports, and any other records.”


    11. FOIPOP 2021-01049 ENV (hosted on the government website)
    Date Closed: June 18, 2021
    Submitted by: Public interest group
    Decision Maker: Department of Environment and Climate Change
    Summary: All records about the Crown Lands in Little Harbour (formerly known as Owls Head Provincial Park and/or Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve) between April 7, 2021, and May 28, 2021
    * The public is “not entitled to the records requested” due to solicitor/client privilege


    12. FOIPOP 2021-01048-TAT (hosted on the government website)
    Date Closed: June 21, 2021
    Submitted by: Public interest group
    Decision Maker: Department of Transportation and Active Transit
    Summary: All communications, including emails, notes, documents, studies, and reports, concerning the Crown Lands in Little Harbour (formerly known as Owls Head Provincial Park and/or Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve) between March 31, 2019 and May 21, 2021
    * This FOIPOP produced no results

FOIPOP Investigators Opinion reveals that the Department withheld information important that was important to the public

“The public body failed to properly exercise its discretion and, knowing that public interest and scrutiny was high, did, in fact, use its discretion as a means to withhold information it knew was important to the public.”

File investigator Darrin White

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