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What to do in Five Islands, Nova Scotia 

Follow this road trip itinerary including hiking trails, look-offs and other natural attractions.

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  • Laura Hawkins

The Bay of Fundy is a geologically unique treasure right in the heart of our province. A road trip to the Five Islands area (and beyond) abounds with awe-inspiring natural sights—many of which can be fit in over the course of a weekend. Get your camping and hiking gear ready!

Make it a camping trip and book a site at Five Islands Provincial Park which overlooks the Bay of Fundy. Enjoy a spectacular view of the sunset—as well as a panoramic perspective of the islands for which the park is named—by choosing a campsite closest to the edge of the park and facing the water. While this campground doesn't offer a lot of privacy, it puts you in immediate proximity to a treasure trove of natural attractions, some of which are directly onsite.

Some epic sights and experiences are right in Five Islands Provincial Park, while others are within a short-to-moderate drive. The good news is that if you do decide to explore further away from the campground, you'll be rewarded with beautiful coastal vistas along your drive.

click to enlarge Redhead Hiking Trail - LAURA HAWKINS
  • Redhead Hiking Trail
  • Laura Hawkins

Redhead Hiking Trail
Find the trail head directly in the park and a short walk from campsites. Follow the trail through the woods to discover a look-off which offers a spanning view of islands in the distance and the vibrant red cliffs of the coast

Multi-coloured sea cliffs
A must-visit attraction onsite at Five Islands are its multi-coloured cliffs. This incredible sight can be accessed from the beach at low tide, so be sure to plan accordingly and give yourself plenty of time to avoid getting stuck.

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  • Economy Falls
  • Laura Hawkins

Economy Falls
Located in the Economy River Wilderness Area, a two-kilometre return hike leads to a gorge (featuring some of the oldest rocks in the province) and a large waterfall plunging through it. Part of the hike includes a steep staircase to the base of the falls, so be prepared to get your heart pumping.

Partridge Island
Known as Glooscap's grandmother's island, according to Mi'kmaq legend, a 1.5-kilometre hiking trail leads to a look-off offering views of Cape Split, Blomidon and Spencer's Island.

Eatonville - LAURA HAWKINS
  • Eatonville
  • Laura Hawkins

Eatonville Day Use Trails
This annex of Cape Chignecto Park is a healthy distance from Five Islands Provincial Park, but is well worth the trip. A vista-rich coastal drive leads to 5.5 kilometres of hiking trails, featuring jaw-dropping look-offs to the Three Sisters rock formations and Bay of Fundy.

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