The Laws in Nova Scotia



In Nova Scotia a grant of land only extends to the ordinary high water mark of tidal or coastal land.


Land between the ordinary high and low water marks of coastal water is “Crown land”,“public lands” and “public domain”, in other words land that is owned by the Crown in right of the province. On Crown land, the Province of Nova Scotia has the same rights as a property owner, subject to constitutional or legislative restrictions,

pursuant to the Crown Lands Act.


 DNR manages Crown lands in Nova Scotia. This involves management, use and protection considerations including access and travel on Crown lands, forest recreation, and protection of habitat and wildlife. Crown land is considered a public asset, for the public to enjoy and explore within the context of certain restrictions and in certain designated areas meant to protect natural ecosystems, and to allow for other activities occurring under license on Crown land. Hunting and fishing in season, with the appropriate permits and licenses is permitted on Crown land. 

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