Five Islands

2014 Season - June 13 to Oct. 13

Visitor Notices: We have closed sites 1 to 44 and 85 to 87 for the 2014 season to make improvements to the park. We apologize for any inconvenience the closure may have caused you. However, the park redevelopment will improve your camping stay when completed.

Park Info: Rising majestically from the shores of the Bay of Fundy, Five Islands Provincial Park is one of Nova Scotia's premiere outdoor destinations. The park features 90 metre (300 ft.) sea cliffs overlooking the world's highest tides, a spectacular setting for camping or any of the many opportunities that abound for hiking, beachcombing, rock collecting, clam digging, and ocean kayaking.

Five IslandsThe park offers a 87-site campground two picnic areas,an unsupervised beach, playground and comfort station facility.

Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2013. See Reservations for details and conditions.



Programs and Events

August-02-14
10 AM
Rock Walk & Talk

Join a rock enthusiast and travel back 200 million years through the park's rock geology, when some rocks and minerals on the beach were first formed. Scramble over the magnificent "Old Wife" rock and behold the layers of time. You may step in mud and climb over rocks, so wear appropriate footwear, bring a hat, sunscreen and water. Suitable for all ages. Meet at the park beach parking lot. Sponsored by the NS Department of Natural Resources. Contact the park at (902) 254-2980 or email fiveislandspark@gov.ns.ca

 

August-03-14
10 AM
Estuary Trail Adventure

This exciting experience gives hikers the chance to view and explore the Estuary Trail.  The walking conditions will be over roots with some up and down grades, considered a moderate to difficult hike.  Learn some of the incredible cultural and natural history of this area.  Recommended for ages 5 and over.  Dress for weather conditions.  Wear sturdy footwear, bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, snack and water.  Pre-registration is required as we will need your contact information to advise you of weather conditions at Five Islands.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  For more information and to register contact the park at (902) 254-2980 or email fiveislandspark@gov.ns.ca.


 

August-09-14
9 AM
Striped Bass Fishing Demonstration

Join an experienced striped bass fisherperson while we fish with the incoming tide from the shore at the park.  These are highly prized fish by anglers because of their feisty nature and size.  Striped bass grow up to 100 cm long and can live for up to 30 years.  The daily bag limit is one striped bass,68 cm(26.8 inches) in length or longer measured from end to end.  We cannot guarantee you will catch a fish but you will have fun trying.  You must pre-register for this event and receive confirmation from park staff in order to attend.  There will be limited fishing gear, so bring your own if you have it. Dress for weather conditions and wear appropriate footwear.  Bring a hat, sunscreen, water and snacks.  Meet at the park beach parking lot.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park to register at (902) 254-2980 or email fiveislandspark@gov.ns.ca.


 

August-16-14
11 AM
Tidal Pool Exploration

This exciting experience involves investigating the life in our tidal pools with zoologist Andrew Hebda and biologist Gwyneth Jones.  The array of life in these small pools will astound you!  Participants will be stepping in mud and water so wear appropriate footwear, and bring sunscreen, hat, snacks and water.  Bare feet are not recommended for this event.  Meet at the park beach parking lot.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 254-2980 or email fiveislandspark@gov.ns.ca.  Please note that low tide is at 12 PM. 


 

August-16-14
1:15 PM to 3:15 PM
A Walking Tour of the Rocks and Landforms of Five Islands Provincial Park

Five Islands Provincial Park preserves rocks from the age of dinosaurs 190 million years ago.  This part of ancient Nova Scotia was a deep rift valley with a hot, dry climate punctuated with enough rainfall to produce short-lived lakes and large rivers.  Huge volumes of flood basalts covered most of the area of the park and the Bay of Fundy.  The rocks record a time when southern Nova Scotia was almost pulled away from Northern Nova Scotia along a large rift valley.  The landforms in the park were later sculpted by huge glaciers that only recently melted, around 10,000 years ago.  Then the awesome Fundy tides finished the work on the landscape.  Join Dr. Howard Donohoe, a retired DNR geologist, as he interprets the 200 million year history of Five Islands Provincial Park, from the age of dinosaurs to the last period of glaciation to the present day.  The length of the walk is about 2 hours along a sandy beach.  Walking is easy to moderate.  Families and individuals are welcome.  Wear comfortable shoes (no flip flops) and weather appropriate clothing.  Bring water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Meet at the Five Island Park beach parking lot. Sponsored by the Fundy Geological Museum.  Contact Howard at (902) 422-3486 or email hvdonohoe@bellaliant.net.


 

August-23-14
7 PM
Clam Digging

Join us for a clam digging demonstration at Five Islands Beach.  Learn how to dig for clams with a professional clam digger and learn about the intriguing life cycle of the soft -shelled clam.  This event is perfect for all ages.  Wear old shoes, water shoes or rubber boots (bare feet is not recommended) as there will be some mud and water involved.  Remember you will be on mud flats so hats, sunscreen and drinking water are advised.  Please bring a bucket and digging tool such as a garden fork or shovel.  Meet at the beach parking lot.  Sponsored by the NS Department of Natural Resources.  For more information contact the park at (902) 254-2980 or email fiveislandspark@gov.ns.ca.

 


 

August-30-14
7:30 PM
Bear/Coyote - The Facts versus the Fiction

Join retired  wildlife technician, Jenny Costelo, for an informative slide presentation and talk about our bear and coyote biology.  Jenny spent many years during her career working with bears and coyotes.  She has a profound respect and admiration for the intelligence and ingenuity of these two often misunderstood mammals.  Suitable for all ages.   Bring a lawn chair and insect repellent and meet at the park office.  Sponsored by  Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 254-2980 or email fiveislandspark@gov.ns.ca.


 

August-31-14
10 AM
Rock Walk & Talk

Let's do some time travelling! Join a rock enthusiast and travel back 200 million years through the park's rock geology, when some rocks and minerals on the beach were first formed.  Scramble over the magnificent "Old Wife" rock and behold the layers of time.  You may step in mud and climb over rocks, so wear appropriate footwear, bring a hat, sunscreen, and water.  This event is suitable for all ages.  Meet at the park beach parking lot.  Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park at (902) 254-2980 or email fiveislandspark@gov.ns.ca.
 

 


 

Nearby Attractions

Economy (10 km)
  • Cobequid Interpretive Center

Parrsboro (23 km)
  • Fundy Geological Museum
  • Ottawa House Museum
  • The Ship's Company Theatre

 

Joggins (65 km)
  • UNESCO World HeritageSite Fossil Cliffs Museum



For more information on these and other attractions, please consult the NovaScotia.com or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.





How to Find Us

The park is located just 32 km (20 mi) east of Parrsboro and 57 km (35 mi) west of Truro, on Route 2, "The Glooscap Trail". Route 2 is linked to Highway 104 at Exit 4 in Amherst, Exit 5 near Springhill, and Exit 11 at Glenholme. Our civic address is: 618 Bentley Branch Road, Hwy 2, Five Islands.

Five Islands

Click here for a park map
Click here for trail map

 

GPS Coordinates

X utm:
420072

Y utm:
5028757

 

Longitude:
64°1' 16.99" W

Latitude:
45°24' 27.97" N