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LLPPA would like to have more help and involve our community in planning and maintaining our park.
If you are interested in joining Long Lake Provincial Park association please fill in the form below.
The current members of the LLPPA have worked hard so far in developing this park for all to use, and it is now time to get some new help with maintaining, planning and moving forward with the communities vision of the park.
Also members can help with events held in the park.
So if you are community minded, like to get involved and love Long Lake Park, then join us it making and keeping our park growing.

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Hollies in the park

There are many holly species in the world and two are found in Long Lake Park. These are ‘mountain holly’ (Ilex mucronata) and ‘Canada holly’ (Ilex verticillata). Canada holly is also called winterberry. The European holly (Ilex aquifolium) keeps its deep green leaves and red berries throughout the winter so it is used for traditional Christmas decorations. Although our hollies lose their leaves in winter, the bright red berries of Canada holly tend to persist into December and are sometimes gathered for decoration. They should be left in Long Lake Park so that they can be enjoyed by everyone using the trails.

Witherod

Witherod is a shrub that is common beside the trails near Withrod Lake in Long Lake Park. The plant has several names. It’s often called “Wild Raisin” in Nova Scotia. The scientific name is Viburnum nudum var. cassinoides. “Withe” is an old English word for a bendy stick that is woven into a basket, and withe-rod plants are very good for this purpose. Withrod and witherod are the same word with different spellings as often happens with old words. Not surprisingly, “wild raisins” are suitable for eating, though it’s best to leave them for the birds in Long Lake Park. Many birds need to fill their fuel tanks at this time of year in preparation for migration.

Outline map of Long Lake Park

Maps help us visualize our place in the world. This map of Long Lake Provincial Park shows that the park as a whole is about the same size as the Halifax peninsula. The map also shows a stippled region within the park. This is the region that is co-managed by Long Lake Provincial Park Association together with the provincial government. The co-managed region is about the same size as Point Pleasant Park lying at the tip of the Halifax peninsula.

Lobelia flowers in the park


While many people visit Long Lake Park to relax and get away from work, some are differently motivated. Mark Johnston, a biology professor at Dalhousie University, has been there to study the genetics of Lobelia dortmanna (Dortmann’s cardinalflower). This unassuming little plant “is regarded as an indicator of infertile and relatively pristine shoreline wetlands” (Wikipedia), but that’s not why Professor Johnston is interested in it. He studies plant evolution, and Lobelias are specially interesting in that regard. Dortmann’s cardinalflower is generally at the edge of the lake and partly immersed in water. It has the unusual ability to absorb carbon dioxide through its roots.  Most plants can only do this through their leaves.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobelia_dortmanna

Trails Strategy


I attended yesterday’s announcement by the NS government about the new “Shared Strategy for Trails in Nova Scotia”. The document is 38 pages including pictures, so it’s not overwhelming. Natural Resources Minister Iain Rankin announced over $900,000 in trails funding, including $12,000 for the BLT trail (for repairing part of the trail) and $40,000 for the McIntosh Run trails, both of which almost connect to Long Lake Park. These are positive signs of progress. The photo shows Minister Rankin with Beth Pattillo, the chairperson of NS Trails Federation at the announcement held at the BLT trailhead.  

It’s time to enter the August photo contest, send us your best Long Lake photo!

Want to share your photos of Long Lake Park?, want to win a kayak rental?

Announcing the first Long Lake Park association photo contest, send us your best photo for July, August and September, at the end of each month we will have our panel of judges declare a winner who will be awarded a free one hour kayak rental at Long Lake Adventure Company.

So if you don’t win the July contest enter again in August and September.
Send your photo attached in an email to the email below.

photocontest@longlakepark.ca

Or mail your entry to

Long Lake Provincial Park Photo Contest
3 Trelyn Rd
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3P 1N8

In clearly marked envelope with your name and phone number.

Good Luck to all, First, second and third place photos will be posted to our web site.

*No Professional Photography Entrants please.
* Photo must be taken this Summer

LLPPA Summer Photo Contest

Want to share your photos of Long Lake Park?, want to win a kayak rental?

Announcing the first Long Lake Park association photo contest, send us your best photo for July, August and September, at the end of each month we will have our panel of judges declare a winner who will be awarded a free one hour kayak rental at Long Lake Adventure Company.

So if you don’t win the July contest enter again in August and September.
Send your photo attached in an email to the email below.

photocontest@longlakepark.ca

Or mail your entry to

Long Lake Provincial Park Photo Contest
3 Trelyn Rd
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3P 1N8

In clearly marked envelope with your name and phone number.

Good Luck to all, First, second and third place photos will be posted to our web site.

*No Professional Photography Entrants please.
* Photo must be taken this Summer