Outdoor recreation is one of the major reasons many Nova Scotians own woodland. Benefits derived from the many outdoor recreation activities available include physical fitness, relaxation, adventure, personal enjoyment and appreciation of nature.

You may wish to create and improve recreational opportunities for:

  • personal use
  • public use
  • commercial use

Public Use of Private Land
If the public uses your land now or you are thinking of creating opportunities for public use, you may want to give some thought to potential concerns including:

  • once public recreational use of a site is established, it may be difficult to stop
  • landowner liability
  • damaging or littering on your property

Commercial Recreation
Your woodlot may have commercial recreational potential. If this is one of your goals, some of the organizations listed below may be able to provide helpful information.

Nova Scotia Adventure Tourism Association

Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Ecotourism Foundation

Ducks Unlimited

Trout Unlimited

All Terrain Vehicle Association Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Trails Federation
A guide to resources

Nova Scotia Sport & Recreation

[Fish] Habitat Management Division
Fisheries & Oceans Canada (Maritimes Region)
1-800-782-3058 902-426-3550

Becoming a Nova Scotia Outdoors Woman

Nova Scotia Hunter Education

Hunting in Nova Scotia

Bicycle Nova Scotia

Federation of NS Naturalists

Orienteering Association of Nova Scotia
902-425-5450 ext 325

Snowmobilers' Association of Nova Scotia
902-425-5454 ext 324

Woodlot Recreation Manual
- Glyn Bissex
NS Department of Natural Resources Library

NSDNR Woodlot Management Home Study Program
- Online or Mail
Module 4 - Wildlife & Forestry
Module 7 – Woodlot Ecology
Module 9 – Woodlot Recreation
Module 11 – Roads & Trails