On Saturday night a couple and their 17 year old left to go hiking around 4:30 p.m., off Highway 107.
They become disoriented and called police around 8:30 p.m.
Police say they sent up one of their unmanned aerial vehicles and it found the family in a heavily wooded area near Topsail Lake.
Officers and police dogs were able to walk the family out of the woods around 2 a.m. on Sunday.
Nova Scotia RCMP bought five drones earlier this summer. Each machine costs around $30,000.