Dollar Lake Provincial Park: plenty of glamping sites and sunny beach

dollar lakeWe’ve met glampers who stay in Bell Tents, treehouses and even 3* hotels.

For us, it’s about exploring campgrounds around the Maritimes, both provincial and private and we recently pitched at Site A36 in Dollar Lake Provincial Lake.

A huge thank you to Tom and Parks Nova Scotia for providing our site for glamping session with Global TV!

We love Dollar Lake and enjoyed a visit from park ‘ranger’ Tom who made sure the post-tropical storm water was back up and running and that all was well in our world.

The site was a little cosy for our set-up, but it was private, close to the showers and home to several strategic food-seeking squirrels (a morning campfire seemed to help keep the little robbers away!).  We love all nature’s creatures…

Setting up camp
Setting up camp

Many sites in Loop A have a view to the lake, but if you’re travelling in a pop-up like us, be sure to check the orientation of the fire. Most provincial parks have the fire pits stationary and they can’t be moved. Pop-up trailers have their doors and BBQ positioned in a way that when backed into the site, if the fire pit is on the right hand site of the site, it simply won’t work.

This was the case as we were recommended site A39, a spacious tree-lined site, but the fire pit orientation would have made for a cumbersome camping experience.

We’ve heard that in Loop D, site D7 is very glampy and private and it’s a nice quiet Loop of the park to camp.  And we loved Site A25 back in our tenting days, but it’d be difficult for a pop-up because of the incline into the site. The view to the lake is spectacular.

The campsite hosts 119 woodland sites, picnic area and boat launch.  The beach is popular with local day trippers.

Remember to pack well as it’s a good 25 mins. drive off Hwy. 102 and there aren’t many shops nearby.

The washrooms were ‘provincial park’.  They’re not glampy but it is camping after all and sometimes we just have to suck it up.  My morning shower was shared with several mosquitos, a few beetle-type bugs (must check my insect dictionary — of course, I don’t have one) and other flying creatures.

But, the showers were free, meaning I didn’t need a pocket full of coins, and they were close to our campsite, which is a bonus.

There are no electrical hookups, so if you’re travelling in a pop-up, you’ll be boiling your water and conserving your battery. As we learned from our first Dollar Lake visit in May of 2012, early season camping = cold nights.

Pack plenty of lanterns and LED lights and come prepared — as all good glampers should! For more photos of our morning with Crystal Garrett and Global, click here.

Happy Glamping!



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