Fodor's Expert Review Five Islands Provincial Park

Five Islands Beach

On the shore of Minas Basin, the park has a beach for combing, trails for hiking, and mudflats 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, rockhounding, 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 2,000 or so participants in the Not Since Moses 10K Race (, an early-August event of (almost) biblical proportions. Amenities: parking (free); showers; toilets. Best for: swimming; walking.

Beach Park (National/State/Provincial) Free

Quick Facts

618 Bentley Rd., Hwy. 2
Five Islands, Nova Scotia  B0M 1N0, Canada


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free, Park accessible year-round; services open mid-June–mid-Oct., daily dawn–dusk

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