Community Information

On this page you will find useful information about some of the public services and regulations that apply to our community. Please feel free to contact us if you have additional information/public services that you would like us to include on this page, simply email us at

St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trails

Whether you enjoy walking, cycling, ATVing or simply taking the dog out there has never been a better time to get out, get some fresh air, and enjoy all that the St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trails has to offer.

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Halifax, the St. Margaret’s Bay Area Trail is a 33km multi-use (walking, cycling, ATVing, horse-back riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and skiing) recreational Trail with some of the most stunning elevated panoramic views of the St. Margaret’s Bay Area.

It’s one of the most scenic Trails you will find in Nova Scotia. The changing of the seasons brings new and exciting things to see. From the early morning mist rising over the Bay to the glow of the setting sun, this Trail is truly a nature and photography lovers dream.

To find out more, view the Trail map, or become a member of this very special area simply visit their website here.

Warning – keep your houses, sheds & garages locked!

Please be advised that recently we have been made aware that a yong man in his late 20’s or early 30’s has been seen walking down drives, looking in house windows and trying door handles on houses and sheds. He was wearing a black hat, dirty black hoodie and baggie black pants, carrying a pack pack, and has a small beard/facial hair. The police have been made aware of this but so far have not been able to find anyone in the area matching that description. This all occurred around 3.15pm on October 22, 2018.
Police are urging everyone to make sure that all your doors, windows, sheds and garages are kept locked at all times and that if you see anyone acting suspicios call 911 ASAP. At this time of year when evenings get darker there are always lots of break-ins, make sure your property is not one of those!

Radon – what you need to know.

Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed naturally by the breakdown of Uranium. Recent scientific studies have linked an increased risk of developing Lung Cancer to exposure to Radon at levels found inside some homes. Unfortunately for us, Five Island Lake Estates is classed by the Department of Natural Resources as a high risk area. So just what can you do? To find out more download the attached PDF or visit

Radon Brief

Radon fact sheet

Grasscycle for a healthy lawn

Did you know that leaving grass clippings on your lawn after you mow makes for a healthier lawn?It’s called Grasscycling and it’s easy as 1-2-3…Step 1 – Raise mower height; Step 2 – Don’t cut more tha 1/3 of the grass blade and Step 3 – Leave the clippings on the lawn and you’re done! For more information visit Grasscycling.

Garbage and Recycling schedules

Knowing what goes where, what the current collection schedule is and what the holiday schedules are can be confusing, so for the latest most up-to-date information visit or simply download the App from the App store.

311 Citizen Contact Centre

The 311 HRM Citizen Contact Call Centre is a great resource for our residents to find out information and raise concerns about our municipal services and operations. The new hours of operation are 8.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday, and 9.00am to 5.30pm Saturday and Sunday. You can still obtain transit and garbage/recycling information by selecting the automated self-service options after hours and service requests can also be submitted online anytime. So for more information simply call 311 or visit

Burning rules and regulations

During the wildfire risk season (March 15 to October 15) all domestic brush burning and campfires must adhere to daily Nova Scotia burning restrictions. To check how these restrictions and guidelines affect you, visit Burn Safe and Fire Prevention, for full up-to-date information.

Heroes for Hunter

Sharing News About Hunter – From Three Brooks Homeowners’ Association –  all support welcome!

Friends in the Three Brooks community (Tina and Sean Marsden) have a little boy, Hunter, 8, who sadly has a very aggressive form of cancer, neuroblastoma. Three Brooks community members continue to organize many different fundraising activities and evetns to try to help the family with the on-going cost of Hunters medical treatment. To find out more visit either the Facebook page for Hunter or the ‘YouCaring’ site where you can personally make a donation to the family.

Community by-laws

To view the Five Island Lake Estates community by-laws simply download our PDF.

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