Only 12 1/2 Km from the coast of Maine, Grand Manan Island, Canada is a spectacular get-a-way!
|Grand Manan is known as the
"punctuation mark" at the end of the Canada/U.S. border.
It is the most southerly part of New Brunswick, lying 12.5 km due East of
West Quoddy Head, Maine.
The Island of Grand Manan, largest of 20 local islands is 24km in length and about 11km wide. It has a year round population of 2700 residents.
The island is famous for bird watching, whale watching, unmatched hiking and fishing. The main industries on the island are fishing and tourism.
|The ferry chugging by Swallow Tail Lighthouse and into North Head|
|Grand Manan may be "Away from it
All", but it does not lack the amenities. There are many
wonderful restaurants, like the Compass Rose. Museums, specialty stores and
cozy B&Bs are found up and down the coast. You can get your
provisions right on island, so there is no need to carry a lot of
By air, it is only a 1 1/4 hour flight from Boston and there is an air charter service available on the Island.
|Herring Buildings highlight the harbor in the picturesque village of Seal Cove.|
|You don't have to be a
bird watcher to enjoy the incredible array of bird life thriving on Grand
However, if you are an avid birdwatcher - get ready for the experience of a lifetime. An incredible array of shorebirds, loon, owls, ducks, song birds, woodland dwellers and hawks. Grand Manan is also known for sightings of rare species like the Least Bittern.
|Cute and comical Puffins are a common site on nearby Machias Seal Island|
|The geology of Grand Manan is
one of its most breathtaking features. A variety of eras and
phenomena are clearly represented.
The eastern side of the island (designated as "pre-Acadian -380,000,000 years old!) is relatively low and features rocky shoreline, interesting erratic outcrops and gentle harbors.
The back of the island (western) is a precipitous wall of rock affording awesome vistas. The cliff at Southwest Head is really one big sill, 200 feet thick.
|Incredible geologic formations dot the rugged Grand Manan Coast. This formation is known as "Hole in the Wall".|