The Eastern Shore and Northern Nova Scotia Sights


Five Islands Provincial Park

Five Islands Provincial Park at low tide

Five Islands Provincial Park Review

On the shore of Minas Basin, the park has a beach for combing, trails for hiking, and mud flats for clam digging. Interpretive displays reveal the area's intriguing geology—semiprecious stones, Jurassic-period dinosaur bones, and fossils can all be found within the park's 1,500 acres. You can learn about geology and other topics, among them astronomy, rock hounding, and tidal pool exploration, during complimentary programs offered during high season (check the website). Because the water recedes nearly a mile at ebb tide you can walk on the ocean floor, though you'll have to run back mighty fast when the tide turns. That's precisely the goal of participants in the Not Since Moses 10K Race (, a mid-August event of (almost) biblical proportions. Amenities: parking (free); showers; toilets. Best for: swimming; walking.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 618 Bentley Rd., Hwy. 2, Five Islands, NS, B0M 1N0
  • Phone: 902/254–2980
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Park accessible year-round; services open mid-June–mid-Oct., daily dawn–dusk
  • Website:
  • Location: Five Islands
Updated: 11-15-2013

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