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Thirty-five kilometres off the coast of New Brunswick lies Grand Manan Island, the largest of the Bay of Fundy islands. It is a region away from the crowds with cottage rentals nestled among secluded beaches, soaring cliffs, lush wildflowers and colourful fishing villages.
Once home to famous ornithologist and naturalist painter John James Audubon, the Island is a wildlife lover’s paradise. Several species of shorebirds, seabirds, and marine mammals call Grand Manan home, including puffins, razorbills, porpoises, seals and dolphins. The Island is also deemed to have the best whale watching in New Brunswick!
Beachcombers and rockhounders are particularly well served - the Island’s unique geology and large Fundy tides afford visitors the opportunity to explore natural phenomena including tide pools, mud flats and magnetic sand while scooping up some of the best sea glass in North America. Fishing and sea kayaking are other favourite water activities.
On land there is a network of ATV, hiking and biking trails, as well as a 33-kilometre highway that connects the Island’s many villages, wharves, and lighthouses. While hopping from village to village, visitors can check out art galleries, shop for souvenirs in the local boutiques (favourite items include handmade sweaters and quilts) and sample dulse, the region’s popular seaweed product.
Accessible by a 90-minute daily ferry from Blacks Harbour, Grand Manan Island is a scenic and peaceful place to rent a cottage in New Brunswick.