Paddle Lunenburg/Queens

Lake Route 2: Card Lake

Record #: LQR0037
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019
Last Full Update: 07 Nov 2014


Public Bulletin
Neither South Shore nor the Lunenburg-Queens Recreational Coordinators/Directors Association own or control the canoe routes, portages or campsites listed in this guide, and assume no responsibility or liability for the safety of those using the canoe routes, walking the portages, or using the campsites. 
lt is recommended that users approach all canoe routes, portages and campsites in a safe and responsible manner. Conditions can change through fluctuating water levels, natural debris, and logging activity. Arrangements must be made directly with the owners of the portages and campsites. 
South Shore and Lunenburg-Queens Recreational Coordinators/Directors Association are not liable for any errors or omissions in this guide.


Located In South Shore Region
Where To Find Us
Card Lake, NS
Areas Served Lunenburg County ; Queens County (NS)


Phone 902-275-3490
Contact Chad Haughn, President, LQRCDA

Description & Services

Information CARD LAKE - LAKE ROUTE 2 
A gem of a lake in a wilderness setting with easy access. 
Where: Off Route 14 between Chester and Windsor. 
Skill Level: Beginner 
Time: Day or half day trip 
Distance: 10 km around lake 
Click map to enlarge 
This long narrow lake (about 5 km) is surrounded by low rolling hills that are completely forested with no sign of human activity. The shoreline has a gentle slope of flat rocks that make for easy walking and landing. Indeed it looks like it would be possible to walk around the lake with little difficulty. It also has dozens of small sandy beaches with many inviting spots to stop for a picnic. 
A small provincial park at the south end has a boat ramp and parking. It is closed at dusk. An impressive stone wall holds the bank by the ramp and there is another at the dam half way down the lake. Ace Hill Island is actually connected to the nearest shore. Here you can see lots of iris, sundews and if you’re quiet perhaps a deer. 
Water Safety Notes See also Lake Notes. 
Wind - The long, narrow shape of this lake means you will likely be paddling into a headwind either on your way down or your way back depending on the season. Plan for the extra time and energy required. 
How to get there 
Take Exit 8 off Highway 103 and head north 17 kms on Route 14 toward Windsor. Look for the sign for Card Lake Provincial Park on the left. 
Access Point One - Card Lake Provincial Park 
Drive past the picnic area to the end of the road and the boat ramp.The park is open from Victoria Day weekend in May until Thanksgiving in October.Agate prevents vehicle entry when the park is closed but use is still permitted and encouraged. For boat owners this will mean a long carry (1km) from the gate to the ramp. 
No connections to other routes in this book. 
For more information on the park, please call the Department of Natural Resources. The Bridgewater office phone number is 902-543-8167. 
Topographic map - Chester 21 A/9
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
Children under 16 with adults - please use own discretion depending on skill level

Special Information