Five Islands

2015 Season - June 12 – Oct 12

Visitor Notices: We have closed sites 1 to 44 and 85 to 87 for the 2015 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 and clam digging.

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, 2015. See Reservations for details and conditions.

Programs and Events

3 PM
Clam Digging

Join us for the gathering of the clams. A professional clam digger will explain the life cycle of soft-shelled clams and demonstrate how to legally harvest them. This event is perfect for all ages.  Wear old shoes, water shoes or rubber boots. Due to sharp shells, debris and rocks bare feet are not recommended.  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 NS Department of Natural Resources. For more information contact the park at (902) 254-2980 or email  Please note that low tide is 2:18 PM 


11 AM
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.  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.  This was truly a land of contrast 190 million years ago - gangs of dinosaurs, floods of basalt, floods of water, and deserts.  Come hear how dinosaurs lived and how glaciers changed the land. The length of the walk is about 2 hours along a sandy beach.  Walking is 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 11 AM at the day-use beach next to change houses.  Sponsored by the Fundy Geological Museum.  Contact Howard at (902) 422-3486 or email


11 AM
Rock Walk and Talk

Join a mineral enthusiast for a walk from the glacial till banks that make up our beach, past the sandstone cliffs and out to the basalt "Old Wife" outcrop.  We will explore both the geological and cultural history of the park.  You may step in mud and climb over rocks, so wear sturdy footwear, bring a hat, sunscreen and water.  Due to sharp shells, debris and rocks, bare feet and flip flops are not recommended for this event.  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   Please note that low tide is 12:36 PM.


9:30 AM
Striped Bass Fishing Demonstration

Join us as we fish for striped bass with the incoming tide.  We cannot guarantee you will catch a fish but you will have fun trying.  These are highly prized fish by anglers because of their feisty nature and size.  The daily bag limit is one striped bass, 68 cm (26.8 inches) in length or longer measured from end to end.  There will be limited fishing gear so bring your own if you have it. Anglers with their own salt water gear are also welcome.   You must pre-register for this event and receive confirmation from park staff in order to attend.     Dress for weather conditions and wear appropriate footwear. Bring your lawn chair, sunscreen, hat, snacks and water.  Meet at the park beach parking lot. Sponsored by NS Department of Natural Resources.  Contact the park to pre-register at (902) 254-2980 or email fiveislandspark@novascotia.caPlease note that high tide is 12:55 PM 


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 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

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GPS Coordinates

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64°1' 16.99" W

45°24' 27.97" N