The Islands

2014 Season - June 13 to Oct. 13

Park Info: Just across the harbour from the historic town of Shelburne, The Islands Provincial Park offers a restful stop on your trip around the South Shore. Bounded by Shelburne Harbour, it offers visitors a maritime camping experience. Shelburne's many museums, shops, and picturesque charm continue to attract thousands of international visitors each year.

Facilities and Services
The Islands offers a 70-site campground, water outlets, two picnic areas, an unsupervised beach, boat launch, and trailer dump station.

WiFi is available at the admin building and surrounding area. Password required, please see the park receptionist.

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

Programs and Events

Shelburne Kayak Festival

The third Annual Shelburne Kayak Festival will be a weekend full of fun events from  on the water and on land. The events will take place from Friday, August 15 - Sunday, August 17th.   The Festival will include workshops, kayaking instruction, displays, social events, campfires, kayaking on the harbour, tours and more.  If you want to take part in the clinics, workshops and/or guided tours you are required to bring a kayak with you.  There will be limited kayaks on site; most will be used for demo and for people to try out in our "open water sessions". If you don't have a boat, or dont want to bring your own, please reserve your kayak rental early!  See website for rental info.  Please bring clothing appropriate for kayaking as well as a change of clothes.  Pre-registration required and Kayak Festival fees are posted on-line at  Please note that regular camping fees apply.  Sponsored by the Town of Shelburne.  For more information or to pre-register contact Jerry at (902) 875-3873, (902) 875-2991, or email


10 AM to12 PM and 1 PM to 3 PM
Kayak - Try It Event

Come out and give kayaking a try as part of the Shelburne Kayak Festival.  Come dressed to be active and wear footwear and clothing that can get wet.  Bring hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks.  Meet at the boat ramp in the park.  Kayaks, paddles and PFD's available for use.  Qualified instructors and lifeguards will be on site. Sponsored by the Municipality of the District of Shelburne.   Contact the Recreation and Parks Department at (902) 875-3544 Extension 229, or email


8 PM to 11 PM
Nighttime Escapades

Come out and experience the park at night!   We will be playing games and having fun in the dark including a campfire, stories, jokes and s'mores.  Suitable for ages 7 years and up.  Dress to be active and for weather conditions.  Bring sturdy footwear for running, jumping and something that can get wet, no flip flops or sandals please.  Pre-registration is required.  Meet by the entrance to the park.  Please note that there is a registration fee of $8 each or $12 per family.  Sponsored by the Municipality of the District of Shelburne Recreation & Parks.  To pre-register contact Adam at (902) 875-3544 Ext 229 or email


6th Annual Harvest Fair

Join the Harvest Fair Committee for their 6th Annual Harvest Fair.  The fun starts Friday evening with a bonfire and continues Saturday afternoon with FREE outdoor events for all ages to enjoy.  Activities include T-shirt decorating, doughnut eating, obstacle course, scarecrow decorating, cake/cupcake walks, hotdog roasting and much more.  Saturday evening there will be a movie night for the children and stargazing for everyone.  Join our FaceBook page "Giant Pumpkin Festival and Harvest Fair" for all the latest information and updates. Please note that regular camping fees apply.  Sponsored by the Harvest Fair Committee.  Contact Tina at (902) 874-2294 or Penny (902) 875-3570, or email


Nearby Attractions

Shelburne (3 km)
  • Museum & Roseway River Trail

Birchtown (5 km)
  •Black Loyalist Heritage Center


Barrington (25 km)
  • Woolen Mill Museum

Pubnico (45 km)
  • Le Musée Acadien

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

How to Find Us

The Islands Provincial Park is located on Nova Scotia's South Shore, on the west side of Shelburne Harbour, 1 km (0.6 mi) south of Highway 3. Our civic address is: 183 Barracks Road, Hwy 3, Shelburne.

The Islands

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65°20' 25.25" W

43°45' 55.81" N


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