explore


Explore

the sea
Getting on the water is an ideal way to explore the Bay of Fundy and to learn about our fishing heritage, whales, puffins, migrating seabirds and other marine mammals and fish.

Whale and Puffin watching are the best in the region and are top attractions for visitors here. Grand Manan offers the best whale watching in the bay with over 12 migrating species of whales to be spotted.

Paddling in paradise is a perfect way to chill out. Kayaking guides tour paddlers around herring weirs, lighthouses, into charming coves and beaches. Scenic boat tours share insights into our history, geology, marine life and traditional fishery.

A visit to Kent Island and the Bowdoin College Research station is fascinating and a chance to learn about nesting Leach’s Storm-petrels and some of world’s longest continuous field studies.

If you’d like to sail to Campobello Island for tea at the Roosevelt Summer Estate, that’s possible too! It’s important to book in advance so you won’t be disappointed.


on land
Audubon blazed trail here, and you’ll enjoy our over 50 miles of coastline hiking and historic walks on Grand Manan and its outer islands. Spectacular ocean views, geological points of interest, wild flowers, indigenous fauna, pristine sand and rock beaches, lakes, vintage lighthouses, historical points of interest and perfect spots to savour a picnic lunch with a magnificent view.

Bring a camera and binoculars – you’ll want to capture every scenic twist and turn. You might bump into another hiker, but probably not. No bears or cougars, just whale, bird, deer, pheasant and eagle sightings to name a few.

Walk the ocean floor at low tide or stroll one of our many sandy beaches. Pristine and tranquil beaches offer quiet and solitude as well as an opportunity to rock hound or search for beach glass treasures.

Here you can cycle 28 kilometers, starting at the landmark Swallowtail Lighthouse and finishing at the Southwest Head light. Our main road is paved and drivers are courteous – there’s no major traffic or traffic lights. It’s smooth riding along a road that hugs the shoreline most of the way. Ice cream stops, afternoon tea at Harrington Cove Cottages and a double-dog-dare dip at beautiful Deep Cove Beach can all be part of the fun.

culinary
culinaryGrand Manan Island’s cold water, hard-shelled lobster is the most prized in the world.

Here you can enjoy a lobster boil at the beach, or at a fundraising lobster roll-supper at one of the local church halls. The food here is down-home, and simple.

We have a barbecue and can assist in finding you seasonal fresh seafood like scallops, haddock, and lobster.

The North Head bakery is a must along with Café Marie Bleu for savoury crepes and sweet ones too. Food for Thought catering, and dinner at The Inn at Whale Cove and the Compass Rose are popular with our guests.

Seasonal wild blueberries and strawberries are celebrated with church teas and these are well worth the indulgence. Best to keep your eyes open for roadside easels, posters at the bakery or simply ask us about special events and happenings.

We do have a grocery store on the island, and it’s pretty well stocked. We also have a liquor store. For specialty wines, beers and food we recommend you bring that along. We have freshly planted herbs for your cottage and a small garden that can be enjoyed.


imagination

explore_imaginationArtists, writers, poets and photographers have been inspired by Grand Manan Island since the mid 1800s. Pulitzer Prize author Willa Cather loved the island’s unspoiled solitude and spent her summers here writing at her cottage.

The Grand Manan Art Gallery features exhibits by island artists and those from further away. Artist Workshops have been coming here for decades and continue to inspire painters on creative holidays.

The Grand Manan Museum is well worth a visit and check out the gift shop. The museum’s special presentations on Tuesday and Thursday evenings all summer are informative and fun. Our library features a fine collection of artwork and books about Grand Manan Island.

Pottery, jewellery, artist studios and gift shops dot the island. Vintage curiosities and collectables found at the Cheeky Magpie store are tempting.