Five Islands Provincial Park
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 (www.notsincemoses.com), a mid-August event of (almost) biblical proportions. Amenities: parking (free); showers; toilets. Best for: swimming; walking.
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