Five Islands Lighthouse Park
Welcome to a spectacular coastal park overlooking the Five Islands in the Bay of Fundy, part of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark.
Home to an historic lighthouse, the park has areas for picnicking, fun and relaxation. We hope you will enjoy the park. We know you will love the view!
We welcome thousands of visitors to Five Islands Lighthouse Park every year. Below are comments from a few of them:
"More beautiful than I imagined" - T.H., Nova Scotia
"Magnificent" - J.C., Australia
"$1,000,000 view" - C. & M. S., Ontario
"Best picnic spot ever!" - J. & N. B., Ontario
"Well done! Stunning! - H. & D., Alberta
- Park News
- About the Park
- Park Facilities
- Dates and Hours of Operation
- Location and Directions
- Use of Park for Events
- Park History
- About the Lighthouse
Cliffs of Fundy Geopark
The Five Islands are collectively one of many geosites between Debert and Cape Chignecto Provincial Park that form the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark. In 2019, the Municipality of Colchester and Cliffs of Fundy Geopark Society signed a Memorandum of Understanding acknowledging Five Islands Lighthouse Park as part of the Geopark.
A view that changes with time and tide...
The beautiful view from Five Islands Lighthouse Park changed dramatically overnight on October 19, 2015, when the arch in Long Island completely collapsed. Long Island ("the island with the hole") was iconic, a familiar landmark to locals, and a special island viewed by visitors from around the world. The loss of the arch is a reminder of the ever-changing landscape in the Minas Basin. We will miss the "old" Long Island and will continue to marvel at the wondrous view. Read more here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/long-island-arch-1.3283924
2014 CNTA Attraction of the Year: Five Islands Lighthouse Park
Central Nova Tourist Association bestowed their 2014 Attraction of the Year award to Five Islands Lighthouse Park on May 27, 2015. We are proud of this award. We are pleased to be recognized for our creation of an outstanding attraction in a very beautiful place.
About the Park
The scenery is spectacular.
The panoramic view of the Minas Basin from Five Islands Lighthouse Park includes all of the Five Islands as well as the Old Wife (part of Five Islands Provincial Park), The Brothers (also known as Two Islands), Cape Blomidon and Cape Split. This is notably among the best scenery in the Bay of Fundy, home of the world's highest tides.
You won't feel crowded.
Five Islands Lighthouse Park has 8.8 ha (22 acres) of open parkland, almost 300 m (1000 feet) of ocean front, and access to a long, gravel beach.
Welcome to the seacoast.
Close your eyes. Breathe in the salty, fresh air. Feel the wind off the Bay blow your cares away. Now, with your eyes open, you will see that the park facilities have a nautical theme. The main attraction: the historic lighthouse standing like a beacon, welcoming to the park visitors from near and far. Other facilities are new, yet rustic, and weathered by the sun, seasalt and wind.
Did you know?
The area is named after five small islands (east to west) - Moose, Diamond, Long, Egg and Pinnacle.
Five Islands Lighthouse
This wooden, "pepperpot"-style lighthouse was built in the winter of 1913-1914 and moved to its current location in 2008. It is open to visitors during July and August. Admission is by donation to the Five Islands Lighthouse Preservation Society. Please note that the lighthouse is not wheelchair accessible.
Picnic facilities include an impressive 20 x 40 foot post-and-beam picnic shelter built in 2010. It was designed by Arlington Timber Frames of Windsor, Nova Scotia. The shelter is wheelchair accessible. Two barbeque grills are located beside the shelter.
Two wheelchair accessible washrooms are near the picnic shelter and parking area. One is equipped with a baby changing station.
Walking paths with a total length of approximately 1 km meander through the park. These include wheelchair accessible gravel paths that link the parking area to the lighthouse, lookoff, playground, picnic shelter and washroom. A mowed grass path winds through the open field. Sit awhile on one of the locally-crafted benches, and enjoy the amazing view.
Kids (and kids at heart!), let your imagination sail away ... to the Five Islands or around the world! Ship ahoy! A unique, ship playground was added to the park in 2010. It is designed for children 5-12 years of age. The protective surfacing around the playground as well as some play components are accessible.
A long, gravel beach (unsupervised) is beside the park. Access the beach from the end of Broderick Lane.
CAUTION! FAST RISING TIDE! Beware of the incoming tide if you go on the mudflats. Do not attempt to walk to the islands. The channels fill first, and quickly. You may be cut off on a sandbar and trapped by the tide.
Thank you for your support!
The Municipality of Colchester gratefully acknowledges the financial support received from the Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness for development of some of the park facilities.
Dates and Hours of Operation
The park and washrooms are now closed for the winter. Walkers are welcome year-round. Parking is available year-round.
2020 Season: May 9 - October 12, daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Admission to the park is free.
Admission to the lighthouse is by donation to the Five Islands Lighthouse Preservation Society. The lighthouse is open to the public during July and August. The Society operates the lighthouse as a visitor attraction.
Five Islands Lighthouse Park is a day-use park. Overnight parking and camping are prohibited. Several campgrounds and accommodations are located in the Five Islands area.
Location and Directions
Civic address: 140 Broderick Lane, Lower Five Islands
The park is located at the end of Broderick Lane (off Route 2) in Lower Five Islands, Colchester County, on the north shore of the Minas Basin.
The park is approximately 20 km east of Parrsboro and 70 km west of Truro, just off Route 2, "The Glooscap Trail" travel route. Access Route 2 from Highway 104 at Exit 4 in Amherst, Exit 5 near Springhill, or Exit 11 at Glenholme.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Use of Park for Events
In 2001, the late Mrs. Gertrude Jenkins of Lower Five Islands generously donated a 22-acre coastal property to the Municipality of the County of Colchester for free, public recreational use. The property, most of which is an open field, remained undeveloped for several years.
In 2008, the Five Islands Lighthouse was moved from nearby Sand Point to this municipal parkland and became the focal point of the new day park. Park visitors come from just down the road and around the world!
The ship playground, picnic shelter, walking paths and other site improvements were added in 2010. A viewing telescope was installed in 2012 and permanent washrooms in 2013.
On July 23, 2011, about 150 gathered at Five Islands Lighthouse Park to celebrate this new park and the annual Five Islands Lighthouse Day. The backdrop was an ocean breeze, sunshine, and a spectacular view of the Five Islands. The highlight of the day was the unveiling of a plaque in appreciation of the late Gertrude Jenkins' donation of this coastal property to the Municipality in 2001, in memory of her foster son, Cecil Shea. On hand to unveil the plaque were Municipal Councillor Tom Taggart and Gloria Lewis, President of the Five Islands Lighthouse Preservation Society.
About the Lighthouse
The Lighthouse Today
The lighthouse is owned by the Municipality of Colchester and operated by the Five Islands Lighthouse Preservation Society as a visitor attraction. Admission to the lighthouse is free, and donations to the Society are gratefully accepted.
The lighthouse was officially recognized as a Municipal Heritage Property in 2013. To mark this heritage and the 100th anniversary of the lighthouse, on July 14th, 2013, the community celebrated Lighthouse Day and the 100th anniversary at Five Islands Lighthouse Park. The fun day included included a barbeque, birthday cake and live music. Children enjoyed face painting and games, and an awesome treasure hunt for adventurous pirates!
This wooden, "pepperpot"-style lighthouse was built at nearby Sand Point in the winter of 1913-1914. Its kerosene lamp was first lit in 1914 and continued to shine until about 1963, when a battery-operated system replaced it. Electricty arrived at Sand Point and the lighthouse in 1967, and the light was changed from white to red.
A New Home
The lighthouse was originally located at nearby Sand Point, where, over the years, it had to be moved back from the shoreline several times due to coastal erosion. In 2008, the Five Islands Lighthouse needed a new home because the private property on which it was situated at Sand Point was sold. Using a crane and flat-bed truck, the lighthouse was carefully moved in November of that year from Sand Point to its new location at the municipal parkland on Broderick Lane. The lighthouse fits perfectly in its new home.
For details about the lighthouse, please visit the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society.