The Islands

2015 Season - June 12 – Oct 12

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 registration kiosk and surrounding area.

Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2015. See our Registration Flyer (PDF) for details and conditions.

Programs and Events

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Teddy Bear Picnic

Kids come out for a fun time with your favorite stuffed friend.   We'll be doing lots of games and songs with our Teddy Bear friends.  This event is designed for children ages 2 to 6 years and they must be accompanied by an adult.  Parent/adult participation is encouraged. A light snack will be provided to enjoy picnic style.  Make sure you bring your teddy bears as well as hats, sunscreen and water.  Pre-registration is required.  Sponsored by the Municipality of the District of Shelburne.  To register, contact Adam at (902) 875-3544 Ext. 229 or email  Rain Date: Thursday, August 13 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.


Shelburne Kayak Festival

The fourth Annual Shelburne Kayak Festival will be a weekend full of fun events from on the water and on land.  The events will take place throughout the weekend.  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 and required safety gear 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 don't want to bring your own, please reserve your kayak rental early!  See website for rental information.  Please bring clothing appropriate for kayaking as well as a change of clothes.  Pre-registration is required. 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 to 12 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 launch 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


8:30 PM
Outdoor Movie Night

Join the Muncipality of the District of Shelburne for movie night in the park.  Dress for weather conditions and bring a blanket, chair and some munchies for an unique and fun movie experience.  Children must be accompanied by a parent. Meet at the Group Site.  For further information, contact Adam at (902) 875-3544 ext 229 or email  Rain Date: Thursday,  August 20 at 8:30 PM. 


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 at the Main Lodge at the park.  Sponsored by the Municipality of the District of Shelburne Recreation & Parks.  To pre-register contact Adam at (902) 875-3544 Ext 229 or email


7:30 PM
7th Annual Harvest Fair & 29th Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In

Come out and enjoy fresh air with outdoor fun at the 7th Annual Harvest Fair & 29th Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-in.  The fun begins Friday evening with a bonfire and music and continues Saturday with FREE events for all ages to enjoy.  Morning activities include giant pumpkin weigh in, face painting, pumpkin carving and seed swap.  Afternoon activities include t-shirt decorating, doughnut eating, obstacle course, cake/cupcake walks and much, much more.  Saturday night there's a movie night for the children and stargazing for everyone.  Join our Facebook page "Giant Pumpkin Festival and Harvest Fair" for the latest information and updates.  Please note that regular camping fees apply. Sponsored by the Harvest Fair Committee.  Contact Tina at (902) 874-2294; Penny at (902) 875-7010 or email  Rain Date location: Sunday, October 11 at the Shelburne Community Centre.


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 Islands Park Road, Hwy 3, Shelburne.

The Islands

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GPS Coordinates

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65°20' 09.2" W

43°45' 52.5" N


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