The Five Islands Lighthouse Park offers a fabulous opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of the Minas Basin on the Bay of Fundy and to easily go down to the beach and mudflats at low tide. This is one of the best places to get close to the Bay of Fundy.
The 'Five Islands' name comes from, well, the five islands that you see in the Bay of Fundy's Minas Basin. They are Moose, Diamond, Long, Egg and Pinnacle islands. Beyond Pinnacle is a sea stack known as Pinnacle Rock. The view of these islands from the shoreline is absolutely stunning.
Long Island is specifically unique. My pictures show a hole located at the right end of the island. A great shot for the amateur photographer such as myself. I took this picture before the collapse of the unique hole in 2015. It was a sad day for folks in the Five Islands area and for all that love the uniqueness of the Bay of Fundy.
This special little
‘pepper pot’ lighthouse dates to 1913.
It is open in July and August for visitors to explore. It has a great history and was actually moved
several times due to the eroding coastline.
It has been in its present location since 2008.
The beach is an awesome spot to roam at low tide. You’ll see folks digging for clams. This is certainly a gorgeous area but beware of the tides and do not wander too far from shore. The tides can come in very quickly.
I find it quite incredible that the tide can go out so far and create such an expansive beach.
The 'Not Since Moses Run' is one of those special Nova Scotia events that you won't find elsewhere. Imagine, running on the ocean floor in the mud racing against time and the eventual incoming tide.
Hundreds of folks show up for this run every
summer. It is scheduled according to the
most optimal low tide. It certainly is easy to see why the Five Islands
are a perfect backdrop for this unique event.
There are a couple of hiking trails in the area
at the nearby Five Islands Provincial Park campground. From a short 15 minute hike to a 3 hour hike
that will offer you magnificent views of the Bay of Fundy and surrounding
You'll find the Five Islands Lighthouse Park in the small community of Five Islands on route 2 between Parrsboro and Truro on the Bay of Fundy. It is 70 km west of Truro and 20 km east of Parrsboro.
The park overlooks the Minas Basin on the Glooscap Scenic trail. The exact address is 140 Broderick Lane in Five Islands.
Park Hours: This is a day park open seasonally mid-May to mid-October. The lighthouse is open July and August.
Admittance Fee: There is no admittance fee to enter the park. Donations are requested when visiting the lighthouse.
Services: Washrooms; picnic shelter; playground; beach; walking path; wheelchair accessible
The community of Five Islands boasts a population of only 300 so accommodations are few. You may need to venture further east or west if you wish to stay in the area. Check out Trip Advisor for the best places to stay.
Once again this is a small community with few visitor services. Check this Trip Advisor link for restaurants in the area. If you wish to picnic in the park stop at the Masstown Market located in Five Islands on highway 2. They have everything you need for a great picnic.
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