2010 New England and Atlantic Canada travel blog

Lower Five Island, NS - Diamond Shores Campground - Site 10

Shediac, NB to Lower Five Islands, NS 1 - the sign for...

Shediac, NB to Lower Five Islands, NS 2 - coming into Nova...

Shediac, NB to Lower Five Islands, NS 3

Shediac, NB to Lower Five Islands, NS 4 - roads may freeze...

Shediac, NB to Lower Five Islands, NS 5 - The road that...

The Ocean Shores Campground next to ours

Ours isn't the only Hurricane in Lower Five Islands

The views don't get much better than this from the Mothership

Low Tide 1 - a clammer raking clams at low tide

Low Tide 2 - another clammer using his ATV to get around...

The river that runs into the bay and through it at low...

Low - High Tide 1 - the left side of the bay

Low - High Tide 2 - the five islands - at low...

Low - High Tide 3 - here you can see how dry...

Low - High Tide 4 - there is a tremendous amount of...

Low - High Tide 5 - you can see the small island...

Fisherman taking advantage of the receding tide

Getting close to sunset as the tide is receding - two lone...


It was an uneventful, 99 mile, two-hour drive down to Lower Five Islands, NS from Shediac, NB on Friday. We are staying at the Diamond Shores Campground right on the Bay of Fundy, opposite the Five Islands. The camp sites are very tight but the views are magnificent! We have full hookups but no WiFi and very poor cell coverage. DirecTV works great as I am still able to get a signal in the low 80s unless it’s raining. I expect this entry will not get posted until after we have left here and found a campground with WiFi.

The high tides in the Bay of Fundy continue to amaze us. The large bay in front of us completely empties out at low tide with the exception of a small river that is flowing into it. When the tide comes in, it is very fast. You can almost see the water rising. If you look away for five minutes and then look back, it will have advanced several feet into the bay. At high tide it completely covers the bay and almost completely covers the rocks on the beach near the campground. I have tried to make some combination shots showing the high and low tide from the same view so you can see the dramatic difference.

If we had the same tides in Jacksonville, the whole area would be covered with water at high tide. In fact, very little of the state would be above water at high tide. It’s really hard to imagine their impact until you actually see them.

We head for Grand Pre, NS tomorrow (Sunday) for a two night stay – hopefully they will have WiFi and I can get this posted then.

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