A view that changes with the tide
The Municipality of Colchester invites you to its newest regional park. We were given a spectacular coastal property directly across from the Five Islands in the Bay of Fundy, moved an historic lighthouse to the site, and created areas for picnicking, fun and relaxation. We hope you will enjoy the park. We know you will love the view.
"More beautiful than I imagined" - T.H., Nova Scotia
"Magnificent" - J.C., Australia
"$1,000,000 view" - C. & M.S., Ontario
"Very beautiful!!!" - M.J.B., California
About the Park
Dates and Hours of Operation
Location and Directions
Use of Park for Events
About the Lighthouse
Five Islands Lighthouse Day 2013
In 2013, the Five Islands Lighthouse will be 100 years old! Celebrate Lighthouse Day and the 100th Anniversary with the Five Islands Lighthouse Preservation Society on July 14th, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Five Islands Lighthouse Park. (Rain location: Five Islands Fire Hall, 353 Highway 2, Lower Five Islands) Activities include a barbeque beginning at 11:00 and live music beginning at 1:00. At 2:00 the lighthouse will be officially recognized as a Municipal Heritage Property. There will also be face painting, games and birthday cake.
See you at the lighthouse!
Park Improvements in 2013
Permanent washrooms are now under construction at the park and are anticipated to be ready for public use by September, 2013.
Five Islands Lighthouse Day 2012
Five Islands Lighthouse Preservation Society hosted its annual Lighthouse Day at the park on July 28, 2012, with over 200 people in attendance. Activities included a barbeque, live music and washer toss games, face painting and games for children, and a lighthouse craft. Proceeds from this event are used for lighthouse maintenance and expenses related to its operation as a tourist attraction. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the lighthouse and enjoyed a fun day with family and friends. See you at Lighthouse Day 2013, or before!
About the Park
The scenery is spectacular. The panoramic view of the Minas Basin from Five Islands Lighthouse Park includes all five islands as well as the Old Wife (part of Five Islands Provincial Park), The Brothers (Two Islands), Cape Blomidon and Cape Split. This is arguably among the best Bay of Fundy scenery.
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 beach.
Think seacoast. The park facilities have a nautical theme - lighthouse, ships, timbers and wharves. The historic lighthouse stands like a beacon, welcoming to the park visitors from near and far. Other facilities are new, yet rustic, and weathered by the sun, salt 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 Frame Company of Canning, Nova Scotia. The shelter is wheelchair accessible. Two barbeque grills are located beside the shelter.
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 ... 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. Beach access is from the walking path or the end of Broderick Lane.
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 facilities in this park.
2013 Season: The park will be open May 11 - October 14, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Admission to the park is free.
The Five Islands Lighthouse Preservation Society operates the lighthouse as a visitor attraction. The lighthouse is open to the public during July and August. Admission to the lighthouse is by donation to the Society.
Five Islands Lighthouse Park is a day-use park. Overnight parking/camping is prohibited. Several campgrounds and accommodations are located in the Five Islands area.
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.
Civic address: 140 Broderick Lane, Lower Five Islands
The park is located approximately 20 km east of Parrsboro and 70 km west of Truro, on Route 2, "The Glooscap Trail" travel route. Access Route 2 from Highway 104 at Exit 4 in Amherst, Exit 5 near Springhill, and Exit 11 at Glenholme.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
To schedule an event or reserve the picnic shelter at the park, please contact Colchester Recreation or use the online park reservation form.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the Move
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 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. The lighthouse was 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.