The Tobeatic Wilderness Area is the largest, most remote and untouched wilderness in Nova Scotia's Parks and Protected Areas Systems Plan. We recognize it as "true wilderness", where wilderness values are to be cherished and maintained.
Nova Scotia Environment promotes Keep It Wild: A Guide For Low Impact Recreation in Nova Scotia's Wilderness Areas. You can download the guide here.
When exploring the Tobeatic, leave it undisturbed for other travellers and for future generations. We encourage everyone to practise the internationally accepted principles of Leave No Trace. You can learn more at Leave No Trace Canada.
Here are a few simple Leave No Trace principles you can follow:
- Re-package food before your trip to minimize waste packaging, and to reduce weight and bulk.
- Pack it in - Pack it out: Leave nothing you brought with you behind in the environment. This will help protect the ecosystem, and guarantee a positive wilderness experience for those who follow you.
- After breaking camp, do a "sweep" of your campsite before moving on, and bag up and pack out even the smallest bits.
- Pick up others' trash where you find it, and pack it out if at all feasable.
- Take nothing but photos - leave nothing but footprints:
- Resist your "Kilroy Was Here" grafitti impulses, to avoid animosity and ridicule from more experienced woodspeople.
- Refrain from creating "wood craft" projects such as excessively large firepits, lean-toos, art objects and inukshuks. Dismantle and disperse any of those you may find.
- Do not mark trees or leave excessive flagging on carrys. When brushing out carrys, remove all limbs, etc. from the footpath.
- Minimize firewood use to wood you pick up from the ground. Use existing firepits. Build small fires. The Mi'kmaw say "White Man builds big fire - sits far away. We build small fire - sit close."
- Leave natural objects and cultural artifacts you may find on site. Instead, take a photo of that old moose jaw you found, rather than take it home with you.
- Use a small trowel and cathole for human waste. Designate an appropriate and specific area for everyone in your party to use.
- Do not "bushwhack" new campsites and carrys. Use the established routes and campsites set out on this site, unless in a weather emergency.
- Do not operate ATVs or snowmobiles in the Tobeatic Wilderness Area. Motorized travel is prohibited.
I have also provided information for Kejimkujik National Park and Annapolis County Canoe Routes. Leave No Trace principles also apply to these areas, so please be conscious of your impact on the land, and minimize it. Leave Nothing But Footprints.
Report any damage to the environment or illegal activity to:
Sally Steele, Protected Areas - Western Region
60 Logan Road, Bridgewater, NS B4V 3J8
Debra Ryan, Recreation Manager
271 Granville Street, PO Box 609, Bridgetown, NS B0S 1C0