Wide Open Wilderness Family Campground

We are a family campground situated on the banks of Nova Scotia’s largest river, the beautiful Shubenacadie. The Shubie experiences the highest recorded tides in the world, and is famous for massive tidal bores. Bald Eagles nest along the river and sightings are very common. Our look off provides a spectacular view of both Eagles and the tidal bore.
Day passes are also available.

New at WOW…

There have been a few upgrades this season, including renovated washrooms and showers, new laundry facility and updated REC hall.

Also a very important upgraded security system. We now have electronic entrance and exit gates. No vehicle will be allowed entry into the campground without  a card issued by the office.
No vehicles will be permitted beyond the gates after 10pm.

Recent Posts

Come out and enjoy the Fall, with your friends at WOW. Please remember to bring your WOW hoodies the weekend of October 4th, we plan on taking a group photo. [more]

Six couples face off with Effie and Lynda asking the questions, and a lot of our couples got their answers wrong, but their was a weekender couple that came out on top!   [more]

This is the last long weekend of the summer! Let’s end summer in WOW tradition! Fireworks, music by Silent Thunder and much more.  Don’t miss it! [more]

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Don your green and help us celebrate all things Irish. It’s bound to be a blast! [more]

Rates and reservations

Book early to reserve your own piece of wilderness!
We welcome small and large groups and recommend booking your outing well in advance to avoid disappointment. Reserve by phone or contact us by email.
We have 218 sites starting at $27 Canadian funds.
All long weekends must be a 3 night booking, no exceptions.
Our 2013 season runs from May15th to Oct.10th.

Day passes are also available. Enjoy full use of our facilities. Take a swim, enjoy a nature hike along the river, watch for the tidal bore or scout out some Bald Eagles.

A great way to spend the day!

Please note: We require at least 48 hours notice for cancellations.

WOW is going GREEN

New this season we will have full recycling facilities.

Composters and green bins will be available for all to use in designated areas. We will accept no black garbage bags.

It's the law!


Experience the excitement and adventure of rafting the Shubenacadie River... Nova Scotia's largest river. Raft roller coaster tidal rapids reaching heights of up to 16 or more depending on river conditions. Experience the rare phenomenon of a Tidal Bore. The bore represents the lead wave of the incoming tide into the river.

Also near by:
* Historical Village of Maitland
* Wildlife Park
* Lawrence House Museum
* Walking Nature Trails
* Bird Watching
* Golfing
* River Rafting


From Truro: On Hwy 102, take exit 14, left to Route 236, turn left on Route 215 to Urbania. # 11129 (20 Mins)

From Halifax: On Hwy 102, take exit 10, left at the stop sign onto Route 215, to Urbania - Total time - 50 Mins. or 16.3km and 14mins. from exit 10

Airport - 30 minutes
Amherst / N.B. Border - 80 minutes
Sydney - 4.5 hours
Dartmouth - 45 minutes
Yarmouth - 5 hours

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