Owls Head Provincial Park is a biodiverse property with undisturbed coastal heathlands, salt marshes and bogs, a freshwater lake, estuaries, and over 5 miles of coastline. It is bordered by offshore eelgrass beds and is home to several species of conservation concern. Click on any of the icons to learn more.
Globally Rare Ecosystem
Owls Head Provincial Park has a globally rare plant ecosystem!
Biologists who’ve studied the broom crowberry ecosystem caution, “If our province does not make an effort to protect this species, there will be no other opportunity elsewhere to protect it.”
Coastal heathlands add diversity to the mostly forested landscape of Nova Scotia and provide habitat for rare species.
Owls Head Provincial Park has biodiverse bogs and salt marshes, with significant species richness and variation.
These ecosystems support species at risk, including the endangered barn swallow, Canada warbler, and piping plover.
There are only 45 known breeding pairs of piping plovers in our province, so we must make every effort to protect them.
Important Carbon Sink
Owls Head Provincial Park features extensive wetlands, which absorb & store carbon. This ecological service is critical in the time of the climate crisis.
The offshore eelgrass meadows can absorb up to 35 times more carbon than trees can!
Owls Head Provincial Park could offer kayaking, hiking, and coastal access while preserving the environment as part of the 100 Wild Islands Tourism Advancement Partnership.
Offshore eelgrass meadows provide important habitat for hundreds of marine species, including lobster, crab, and herring. This contributes to biodiversity and helps our fisheries.
The ecosystem services (benefits) it provides have been estimated at $20,000 per hectare, per year!
Recreation and Conservation
A private valuation (assessment) concluded that the “highest and best use” of the property would be for recreation & conservation.
Only ~5% of Nova Scotia’s coastline is public and protected. Owls Head Provincial Park has over 5 miles of coastline.
There are nearly 200 other properties awaiting legal protection – like Owls Head Provincial Park was before it was secretly delisted.
We Must Protect Owls Head Provincial Park to Safeguard Biodiversity
Timeline of Promised Protections
How You Can Help