The Nova Scotia Ramp Report was first produced by the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture in 1994. It served as a
guide for companies, individuals and other agencies searching for a suitable ramp for launching their commercial
or recreational boat. It proved to be extremely valuable and, with approval from the department, it was decided
that it should be updated and placed on the department's website.
Many of the ramps which currently exist were funded by programs administered by Nova Scotia Fisheries
and Aquaculture, the Nova Scotia Department of Economic Development, and the Federal Department of Fisheries
and Oceans. The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources has constructed launch ramps to complement
a range of services offered to recreational boaters and fishermen.
These ramps are located in provincial parks or campgrounds.
In this report, the term "ramp" refers to a surface constructed of concrete, timber, or asphalt which
provides direct and unimpeded access to the ocean, lakes, or rivers and streams. In the above definition,
the term constructed is the key point since boats are commonly launched along beach frontage, rough
coastline, or anywhere a truck could back a trailer. The ramps constructed by the Department of Natural
Resources, and located in parks, are constructed of gravel and therefore are an exception to the above definition.
This website will take two forms, a graphical version complete with pictures of
the ramps and maps of their locations, and a text-based version for those people who
do not want to be slowed by graphics. Either form will provide a comprehensive and informative record of a valuable
link to our waterways for commercial and recreational use, alike.
NOTE: The images on this site are no longer being updated.
They are here for a refererence only.
The Coastal Communities Network (CCN), with our support,
has put this site together with more up-to-date information.
Other links in relation to ramps in Nova Scotia:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours