North Shore, Nova Scotia - Economy, Five Islands, Parrsboro, Spencer's Island, Cape D'Or, Ca

Last week we did a post about the south shore of Nova Scotia - this week we are displaying the collection of photos that we have taken over our many drives exploring Nova Scotia's other coast on the North Shore. For the past 10 years at least once a year I have toured this coast, finding new things to explore each time. Here are some of our favourite spots to take photos and hike.

Economy - Thomas Coastal Reserve

We have only visited this location once a few years ago - it has beautiful red stone cliffs and 8 kms of hiking trails. We didn't have enough time to hike them but it is on our bucket list to go back this year - you can view more information on the trails here.

Thomas Coastal Reserve

Thomas Coastal Reserve

Carrs Brook - Here is a sandy beach that is great for Bass Fishing and exploring the ocean bottom when the tide is out - also on this beach you will find the remains of a government wharf that was built in 1912.

Economy Waterfalls - Also in Economy you will find the Kenommee Trail System - I have hiked both the Devil's Bend Trail and the Economy Falls Trail. At Economy Falls, the Economy River cascades over the Cobequid Escarpment on its way to the Bay of Fundy. This trail begins at the Economy Falls parking area, follows the access road for a short distance, then veers left and follows a wide path through mixed forest to the stairs (186 steps) which descend steeply to the base of the falls.

Sunset over Economy Mountain.

Five Islands

The next community along this shore that we have spent a lot of time in is Five Islands. Here you will find the Five Islands Provincial Park, the lighthouse park and more waterfalls!

Five Islands Provincial Park - We have visited this park a number of times - it has a really nice beach and a great view of the islands with 300 ft sea cliffs overlooking the world's highest tides. You can also camp here.

View from the Cobequid Mountains just near the park.

Five Islands Lighthouse Park This park is situated directly across from the Five Islands in the Bay of Fundy. Here you will find a historic lighthouse and areas for picnicking & a playground. There is also beach access here. During the summer months you can also climb to the top of the lighthouse to take in the views as well.

North River Falls - Five Islands

It has been about 10 years since my last visit to these waterfalls - and David has never been - we tried to find the location a few times but I cannot remember how to get back. These waterfalls are so beautiful!


We love visiting Parrsboro in the summer - lots of cute little shops and restaurants on the main street and there are two of my favourite places here - the Ottawa House & Partridge Island and Wards Falls Trail.

The Ottawa House and Partridge Island

The Ottawa House by the Sea Museum is 3 km from Parrsboro at Partridge Island. The site overlooks the Minas Basin. The Ottawa House built in the late 1760's served primarily as an inn but is best known as the summer home of the Rt. Hon. Sir Charles Tupper. It is now a museum with lots of artifacts and they also have a small cafe with ice cream. The Ottawa House sits a gravel beach and leads to the foot of Partridge Island. The three kilometre round-trip, hiking trail on Partridge Island climbs quickly to a height of about 200 feet above sea level. There is a look off at the top of the trail from which a viewing platform offers fantastic views that include Cape Blomidon, Cape Split, Cape Sharp, Cape d'Or, and Cobequid Bay.

The Ottawa House

View of the beach and the Ottawa House climbing Partridge Island.

View of Partridge Island

Wards Falls - One of my other favourite hikes is to Wards Falls - Located just outside of Parrsboro this is an easy 3 km hike across small bridge & boardwalks to Wards Falls

Spencer's Island

Another one of our stops is always at Spencer's Island - here you will find another beach, a century old lighthouse, a campground and awesome restaurant that also has an ice cream bar - and if you brought your lunch there are also picnic benches there too.