Five Islands Provincial Park Trails

Five Islands Provincial Park TrailsFive Islands Provincial Park has 9 km of hiking trails. The park has interesting natural features and spectacular views of 225-million-year-old geological formations such as the Old Wife and the Five Islands (Moose, Diamond, Long, Egg and Pinnacle). The park has a campground, picnic area, beach, and opportunities for beachcombing, rock collecting, clam digging and nature appreciation. More information about the park is available on the Nova Scotia Provincial Parks website.

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Red Head Trail

This trail is named after a red sandstone headland typical of this part of the upper Bay of Fundy, home of the world's highest recorded tides. The trail follows the 90 m coastal cliffs of Five Islands Provincial Park and has four rest areas with lookoffs providing views of the Minas Basin and the Old Wife, a basalt ridge rising dramatically from the Bay.

Type: Linear
Length: 2.2 km one-way
Condition: Gravel path
Rating: Moderate
Marking: Follow path
Permitted Use: Hiking, cross-country skiing (not groomed)
Access: Route 2 to Five Islands Provincial Park. South onto Bentley Branch Road (park road). Trail starts at upper campground loop.

Information:

Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources,
Parks and Recreation Division 902-662-3030

Economy Mountain Trail

This trail follows an old logging road through forests of maple, birch, beech and white spruce. The trail ascends Economy Mountain to an elevation of 213 m.

Type: Loop
Length: 3.4 km
Condition: Old woods road, wet sections, steep, some roots
Rating: Moderate
Marking: Follow path
Permitted Use: Hiking, cross-country skiing (not groomed)
Access: Route 2 to Five Islands Provincial Park. South onto Bentley Branch Road (park road). 1 km to first parking area at gate, trail starts on south side of road; 2.5 km to trail access just past park administration building, trail starts on west side of road.

Information:

Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources,
Parks and Recreation Division 902-662-3030

Estuary Trail

This trail follows a tidal estuary along the East River, then passes through mixed forest on the lower slopes of Economy Mountain. This trail features viewing areas and interpretive panels.

Type: 2 loops
Length: 3.1 km
Condition: Built tread, slight grade, some structures
Rating: Easy
Marking: Follow path
Permitted Use: Hiking
Access: Route 2 to Five Islands Provincial Park. South onto Bentley Branch Road (park road). 1 km to parking area at gate, trail starts on north side of road; 2.5 km to trail access just past park administration building, trail starts on north side of road.

Information:

Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources,
Parks and Recreation Division 902-662-3030