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Grand Manan Island

Voted by Reader's Digest as one of the World's 7 Best Small Islands, Grand Manan Island is all of the good things you expect in New Brunswick in one convenient package: uncrowded beaches, excellent hiking trails, cycling, first-rate birdwatching, whale-watching, sea kayaking, spectacular sunsets, lighthouses, rugged cliffs, museums, great dining, craft and art shops, summer festivals, and scenic fishing communities.

Grand Manan Island is a perfect Bay of Fundy vacation destination, with friendly people and a pleasant blend of active fishing communities and the beauty and serenity of nature at its best. Painters, photographers, rockhounds, nature lovers and hikers will find opportunities everywhere.

The island's 33-km (18-mi.) highway follows the sea from one breathtaking scene to the next, from lighthouse to lighthouse. You can also take the short free ferry ride to the small fishing community of White Head Island and continue your adventure there! Don't forget to explore the 3 busy fishermen's wharves and traditional herring weir fishery.

Local cuisine can be sampled around the island and locally harvested seaweed delicacies are available for purchase in many spots. A recognized North American birding hot spot, birders have been flocking to Grand Manan Island ever since James John Audubon visited in 1833. Located on the Eastern Flyway, over 240 species of birds make the island their home.

World-renowned for whale-watching, you won't experience it like this anywhere else. The waters around Grand Manan Island are important feeding areas and nurseries for a number of whale species, including minke, finback and humpback whales, and the rare North Atlantic right whale.

Choose your accommodations from a range of offers: camping, inns, cottages and bed and breakfasts. Each offer their own charm and range of amenities.

The ferry service to Grand Manan Island begins at Blacks Harbour. Reservations are recommended.