Antigonish, Nova Scotia

We appreciate our fans at Riverside International Speedway and work hard to make sure you get the best possible experience when you visit our facility.

Part of the experience is knowing what to expect when you get here. If you don’t find what you are looking for in the following information you are encouraged to contact us.

No Drone Zone

Unmanned Aircraft/Drone Policy

Riverside International Speedway Inc. (RIS) strictly prohibits the use of any unmanned or remote-controlled aerial vehicles/aircraft (UAV), also known as a drone, on or over RIS property without the explicit written consent of the owner of RIS. The application must be made in writing at least 21 days prior to use and include name of applicant, date/s of use, purpose, proof of operator/s certification and proof of insurance that meets or exceeds RIS requirements. Inquiries and/or applications should be sent to RIS personnel will remove anyone using an unknown UAV on RIS property and/or confiscate the UAV and/or notify law enforcement.

2019 Seating & Site Map

campsite maps – for 2019 iwk 250 weekend

Family 1 | Family 2 | Adult 3 | Adult 4 | Adult 5

Please note these maps are for reference only and subject to change without notice.

Our Location

Riverside International Speedway is located in James River at exit 30 off Trans Canada Highway 104, between New Glasgow and Antigonish. We are approximately two hours northeast of Nova Scotia’s capital city of Halifax, and from Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

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Approximate distances to some of the larger cities or towns in the region are:

  • Antigonish, Nova Scotia – 13 km/ 8 mi
  • New Glasgow, Nova Scotia – 43 km/ 27 mi
  • Truro, Nova Scotia – 101 km/ 62.7 mi
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia – 200 km/ 124 mi
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia – 200 km/ 124 mi
  • Moncton, New Brunswick – 268 km/ 166
  • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (via Pictou ferry) – 155 km/ 96 mi
  • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (via bridge) – 333 km/ 206 mi
  • Bangor, Maine – 747 km/ 464 mi

Visitor Info

Riverside International Speedway is nestled in the picturesque James River area on the Northumberland shore of Nova Scotia, just 16 km (10 miles) from the Town of Antigonish. The region is rich in culture with warm interesting people, delicious cuisine, and lively traditional Celtic music. Come for a race and stay to explore the region’s events, attractions, and natural beauty.

Places to Stay


Third-party links are provided for informational purposes only and in no way imply a recommendation.

2019 Camping/OHV Guidelines

Riverside International Speedway (RIS) is committed to providing a safe, comfortable and memorable experience for our guests. To that end, we have established guidelines so that there is a clear understanding by those whose use our property for overnight stays of what is acceptable, and what is not. Thank-you in advance for your cooperation.

The following terms of use are governed by track officials, law enforcement, and government regulatory bodies and are subject to change without notice. RIS reserves the right to amend or implement terms at any time. Failure to comply may result in legal penalties, ejection from the premises, forfeiture of fees, and being denied future access. a PDF version of this document is available for review and/or download.

  • Additional rules are in effect for the IWK 250 event and cover the camping area seven days prior to the event until one day after. They are noted with red type.

RIS is not responsible for personal injuries or damage and/or loss to/of vehicles, RV’s, tents, or other personal property on RIS grounds; use at your own risk. Please familiarize yourself with this document in its entirety; camping on RIS property acknowledges your agreement.

Camping Guidelines


  • All RV’s must be self-contained; there are no serviced sites
  • Onboard tank outlets must be closed at all times; portable restrooms are available if needed
  • There is a ‘tent only’ area; if you do not have an RV please use this section


  • Leave your site as you found it, disposing of garbage in bins that are supplied
  • Sites are filled on a reserved basis in advance of the event – please visit the IWK 250 event page for camping permit applications
  • Permits are issued at check-in and must be clearly displayed at all times
  • The name on the permit is the person responsible for the site and anyone on it. If you are not using a site you booked it should be transferred to the occupant; please see camping area personnel for a new permit


  • RV’s must be parked in designated camping areas ONLY
  • RV’s must park on assigned site parallel to lines
  • Limit of one RV unit, one tent, and one passenger vehicle per campsite (must fit within your site)
  • The hitch couplers for towable trailers must point to fire lane with no exceptions
  • No parking in camping area other than RV’s with permits and the one vehicle allowed per RV permit

Respect Your Neighbours

  • Please respect quiet times; no excessive noise at any time
  • Tent and awning stakes must be marked
  • Campfires must be a minimum 10 feet from any vehicle or structure
  • Campfires are subject to weather conditions and restrictions that may be imposed
  • No fireworks, large bonfires
  • Consumption of alcohol in any public space other than your campsite is strictly prohibited (by law)
  • Offensive signs, drunkenness, profanity or activities that disturb other campers will not be tolerated
  • No unmanned aircraft (drones, etc.) over RIS property under any circumstances


  • Fire lanes must remain open at all times
  • No vending/fundraising without RIS vendor permit
  • Officers from the RCMP and Department of Natural Resources patrol the property and enforce laws as necessary

Motorized Vehicle Guidelines; please ensure compliance before planning to operate at RIS

We have had several meetings about the use of motorized vehicles such as ATV’s, RUV’s, golf carts, motorcycles (including dirt bikes and mini-bikes), etc. on Riverside International Speedway owned/managed property; as of July 1, 2018, revised guidelines will govern the use of such vehicles. In addition, there will be an increased RCMP presence on site patrolling the grounds to ensure compliance.

This applies to motorcycles, off-road vehicles, ATV’s, RUV’s, UTV’s, OHV’s and any other motorized vehicle being operated on RIS owned/managed property.

  • Speed: The speed limit is 5 mph
  • Hours of Operation: No motorized traffic between midnight and 8 a.m.
  • Helmets: With the exception of golf carts, drivers and passengers of all other OHV’s must wear a motorized vehicle helmet that meets one of these standards: DOT, SNELL, BSI, CSA.
  • License: The driver of any motorized vehicle must have a valid driver’s license; if not, and the provincial laws for the type of vehicle allows for it a valid safety course certificate is required and may be requested. If you supervise a child or youth as a parent or guardian, you must both have a safety training course for the appropriate vehicle.
  • Registration: With the exception of golf carts, you must have a registration plate clearly visible on the back, clean and displayed horizontally. If you are a dealer, you must display a dealer permit and plate on any vehicles being operated on RIS property.
  • Liability Insurance: By law, you must carry at least $500,000.00 in coverage if you drive on land that does NOT belong to you or members of your family. You must have liability insurance for every OHV operated on RIS owned/managed property and your insurance must cover third-party liability. You and your passenger/s assume all risks that relate to owning and driving the OHV on RIS owned/managed property.
  • Impaired Driving: The same laws apply to RIS property as driving on the street; PLEASE have a designated driver if you plan to consume alcohol.


Dog/Pet Guidelines

  • Owners must clean up after their pets
  • Must be controlled and on a leash at all times (no free run)
  • Aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated
  • Must be current with vaccines/shots; proof may be requested

Emergency Information

  • If you need to call 911 the RIS address is 101 Beaver Mountain Road, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia
  • Otherwise, please contact track or security personnel

Campground Services – IWK 250 Weekend

For your convenience, these pay-per-use services are available during the IWK 250 weekend (no services otherwise)…

  • Ice Service – bagged ice – roaming vendor
  • RV Pumping Service – roaming vendor

Code of Conduct – Applies to Campground and Track/Grandstand Area

Please refrain from the following…

  • Behaviour that is unruly, disruptive, or illegal
  • Impairment, through alcohol or other means
  • Foul, abusive or obscene language, gestures, acts, signs, music, or clothing
  • Verbal or physical harassment of other guests
  • Throwing of any objects on the racing surface
  • Fighting, taunting, or threatening remarks or gestures
  • Failing to follow the instruction so RIS staff or security personnel

Guests are responsible for their conduct as well as the conduct of their guests while at RIS. Guests who violate these provisions may be subject to ejection without refund and/or possible loss of ticket and/or camping privileges for future events and/or arrest.

Camping policies are subject to change without notice.

Rain Out Policy

In the event of rain, the program will be temporarily suspended. Every effort will be made to complete the program on the same day after the rain stops. If Riverside International Speedway officials decide inclement weather will prevent the return of safe racing conditions in a reasonable amount of time, the remaining races will be postponed or cancelled as follows:

  1. If no qualifying or heat races have run, your rain check will be honoured at the scheduled rain date.
  2. If a portion of the qualifying events have been completed, 50% of the value of your rain check will be honoured at the next scheduled event.
  3. If the main event is more than 50% complete the show will be considered over.


Please keep your ticket stub as the rain check is attached this is the only way you will be able to compensated in case a portion or full rain out happens.

This policy is subject to change without notice.

Media Credentials

Working journalists are welcome to apply for media credentials to cover events at Riverside International Speedway (RIS).

All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Media qualifications will be determined by RIS staff; applying for a Media Credential does not guarantee approval.

Tips for getting your credentials processed quickly and efficiently:

  • Submit your Media Credential Application (online form follows) at least one week prior to the event
  • Be prepared to submit examples of your work, if requested

Please allow at least three business days for the credential application to be processed. If successful, you will receive a confirmation by email. If you do not hear from us within three business days please contact Paul McLean at 902-863-2410 or at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Media Credentials should be picked up at the pit gate on race day. You will be required to sign a waiver. Your credential will provide access to the pit and grandstand area. Interview requests can be handled in advance – please call 902.444.0703. To be added to our News Release distribution list please email (subject ‘MEDIA REQUEST’).

media credential application form – one per person – must be 18 or older

Applicant Information

Media Information

Media Credential Request


Riverside International Speedway (RIS) offers no guarantee that Media Credentials application will be approved. By using a Media Credential or any other form of admission which may be offered to RIS events you are agreeing to abide by all rules of conduct posted by RIS which may be amended at any time without notice. | If requested you will supply, without charge, copies of your work at the Event for use in RIS promotions. | Media Credentials are non-transferrable. | You agree that you, and any minors which may accompany you, are attending RIS events at your own risk and release RIS, its affiliates, directors, officers, agents and employees from any and all liability for injury or other loss relating to the Event, whether such injury or other loss is caused by any person’s negligence or otherwise. Furthermore, RIS, its successors and assigns, shall have the unrestricted right and license to use your image, likeness, name, and/or voice, and/or those of any minor accompanying you, in any live or recorded broadcast, telecast, picture, video, audio, audiovisual and/or other recording taken in connection with the Event or other transmission, distribution, public performance, or reproduction in whole or in part of the Event, for all purposes, worldwide, in perpetuity, and in any and all media now or hereafter known, without compensation to any person. The rights granted herein are assignable. | RIS may decline any application without cause or question; Media Credential applications are not guaranteed until a confirmation letter is sent to the applicant by email. If you have questions, they should be directed to RIS at prior to making your application.

Submit Application

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Pit Entry Policy

The pit area of a race track is a work area and can be dangerous.

While entry is allowed to non-workers everyone who enters the pit area must first sign a release and admission is restricted to those 18 and older. The only exception to the age policy is for competitors under 18 years of age BUT in order for them to gain entry to the pit area they MUST submit a duly executed Parental Consent Form for Minors  (by both parents/guardians) at least 24 hours in advance of arrival at the pit gate.

All those who enter the pit area, especially on race days, need to be on high alert at all times – particularly for moving race cars – and please respect the work area around the race cars. Drivers will often stop for photos and autographs but don’t be put off if they are focused on the event, and not you – after all, their pit is their workspace.

Track rentals are available for private test sessions.

Track Rentals | 2020


We are opening Riverside for race team practice in accordance with Nova Scotia’s public health guidelines. As with everything COVID-19, we all need to work together to help prevent its spread for our protection and for that of others. For the safety of our staff and the team participants, and the hope of racing this summer, teams need to take these measures seriously and abide by them, with no exceptions. If any person is not abiding by the guidelines the entire team will be asked to leave immediately.

Time slots are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 10 6 p.m. Weekdays are preferable; weekend days are tougher to coordinate but will be considered if necessary…

2020 COVID-19 Track Rental Guidelines

  • must reserve and pay in advance online
  • maximum four (4) cars per session (each required to register and pay separately)
  • maximum five (5) people per team (car)
  • team members must be named on rental request
  • all team members required to sign-off protocol and symptom checklist prior to arrival; will be emailed when the rental is confirmed
  • each team (car) must designate a leader to communicate with on-site RIS staff, and provide a cellular phone/text number for them so they communicate electronically (contactless)
  • the team MUST bring required COVID-19 prevention supplies – face mask & disinfectant supplies – no exceptions (so supplies, no entry)
  • participants must wear a face mask at entry (to ensure they have one if needed)
  • the entire team should be on-site prior to the scheduled start time; the gate will not be opened once the session starts
  • team haulers must be parked at least
  • no-one should participate if exposed to COVID-19 within the previous 14 days, if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have traveled outside Nova Scotia in the previous 14 days
  • anyone at risk for severe illness is encouraged to stay home to stay home
  • participants should wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if not possible use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content
  • participants should limit physical contact with others; refrain from hugs, handshakes, high-fives, etc.
  • participants are encouraged to practice respiration etiquette (coughing, sneezing) by covering mouth/nose with the inside of the elbow, and to avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth at all times, especially with unwashed/sanitized hands
  • team haulers must be parked at least 20 feet/7 meters apart
  • team members must maintain a minimum 2 meter/6 foot distance; if not possible then face mask must be worn
  • team members should not share equipment; if not possible equipment should be sanitized between users
  • each participant should bring their own food and beverages; no shared coolers or food tables
  • the pit area restroom will be open – maximum two people inside at one time; soap and water will be available for handwashing
  • guidelines are subject to change without notice

These COVID-19 guidelines are in addition to the regular track practice rental guidelines listed below:

All personnel entering the infield area for practice sessions must first sign a release. They must be 19 years of age or older with the following exception:

  • Driver must be 19 years of age or older, or 16 to 18 provided an official notarized Minor’s Release form is executed and submitted by both parents and/or legal guardians at least 72 hours in advance of rental.

Anyone not actually driving or working on the race cars should not be in the pit area.

Rentals are non-refundable; if the weather is an issue the session will be rescheduled. If you need to reschedule for any reason other than the weather, you must do so at least 48 hours in advance of the start time. “No-Shows” will not be rescheduled.

Your practice time starts when you enter the gate and finishes when you exit the gates.

Race cars must have, and drivers must wear, all safety and other equipment per rules governing their division.

A maximum of four registered teams can share the rental with only one car on the track at a time. Cars participating in the rental cannot be swapped during the rental period, i.e. the four cars at the track must be the same cars that have been indicated on the Track Rental Request forms.

Rental Fees do not include Fire/Medic personnel or vehicles, wreckers, insurance, or any track staff or equipment. These services are available through the track at an additional fee.

If weather threatens your ability to use the track, in order to avoid a cancellation penalty, you should confirm the weather at the track before deciding not to attend.

A minimum of two people are required for each rental and you must have access to a cellular phone while on-site. Should you need emergency assistance call 911 first, then call 902-863-9614* to report the incident to the track. *If not available call 902-863-1596.

You rent the track AT YOUR OWN RISK and you also accept responsibility for any and all persons on-site during your rental. No alcohol or any illegal substance is permitted on-site during the rental. No person who is impaired by any substance is permitted on-site during a practice session.

You are required to clean up any fluid spillages and are responsible for any facility damage that may happen during your rental. You are also required to ensure the pit gate is locked after you enter and when you leave.

These sessions are only for the purpose of practicing a race car in advance of one of our events. If you are considering a track rental for any other reason you must make that request with full disclosure of the purpose, the expected number of attendees, etc., in writing to – practice session rental rates do not apply for any other purpose.

Failure to comply with the Riverside International Speedway Team Track Rental Policy & Procedures outlined here and on the team track rental reservation form may result in eviction from the premises and forfeiture of future rental and/or racing privileges.

Terms of Use are subject to change at the discretion of track management, without notice. Please review prior to your rental to ensure compliance.

Track Rental Request

The track is available for private practice sessions to teams that race at our facility. These sessions must be booked and paid for in advance by using the form on this page. Please read the Track Rental Policy prior to making a track rental request.


Requests will only be considered for teams that are registered with a series that visits our facility or for teams registered with the track to compete in one of the races over the IWK 250 weekend. The driver of the car must be the person indicated on the Track Rental Request form; should a test driver be required they must be identified in the Team Member section of the rental request form.

A maximum of four registered teams can share the rental with only one car on the track at a time. Cars participating in the rental cannot be swapped during the rental period, i.e. the four cars at the track must be the same cars that have been indicated on the Track Rental Request forms.

These sessions are only for the purpose of practicing a race car in advance of one of our events. If you are considering a track rental for any other reason you must make that request with full disclosure of the purpose, the expected number of attendees, etc., in writing to – practice session rental rates do not apply for any other purpose.

one form is required per car


Rental Information

weekdays are preferable
one form is required per car; a liability release and COVID-19 release will need to be signed by all team members prior to pit entry; HST is included
rental is for race car practice only, for one car; if you plan to bring more than one car per team you must indicate here

Driver & Car Information

Driver must be 19 years of age or older; or 16 to 18 provided an official notarized Minor's Release form is submitted by both parents and/or legal guardians at least 72 hours in advance of rental

Team Information

responsible for the team, and for communications with the track while on-site (contactless wherever possible)
MUST be 19 years of age or older; name changes must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to rental date

Terms of Use


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