New Brunswick Staycation – Fundy Isles

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Fundy Isles

Grand Manan, White Head Island, Deer Island, Campobello Island

So many excellent adventures await in the Fundy Isles.

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Go island hopping in the Fundy Islands, a cluster of 25 islands with some of the most beautiful coastlines in Canada. The three main islands are an oasis of stunning scenery, fresh seafood, unique gift shops, and fun activities like whale watching, deep-sea fishing, or simply sea glass hunting.

To take-in what these islands have to offer, we recommend two excursions.

Hole in the Wall, Grand Manan Tourism
Deer Island. Photo Deer Island Point Park


Grand Manan

Visiting Grand Manan and its sister island, White Head, is a must for every New Brunswicker.

Head to Black’s Harbour to catch a 1h30m ferry to North Head, Grand Manan.  Spend some time hiking or biking the miles of seaside trails and explore the island’s rare geography. Interesting attractions on the main island include Swallowtail Lighthouse, Hole-in-the-Wall rock formation and of course, tasting dulse.


Deer Island & Campobello Island

Take a day trip to Deer island and Campobello island. Head to l’Etete and hop on the 25 minute ferry to ride to Deer Island with its scenic fishing villages and the Old Sow Whirlpool, the largest tidal whirlpool in the western hemisphere.

From there, take another 20 minute ferry ride to Campobello Island, home to Roosevelt International Park. Both islands have popular activities such as beachcombing, bird watching, hiking, nature walks and whale watching.


Grand Manan Ferry. Photo Cathy Lohnes Duguay
Deer Island Ferry. Photo Hodges Hamm

A highlight of the Fundy Isles is riding the ferries. Many between the small islands are free of charge.

For ferry information, visit Coastal Transport, the primary ferry operators.

  • Ferry for Grand Manan leaves Black’s Harbor  and arrives in North Head (Cost)
  • Ferry for White Head leaves Ingalls Head and arrives in White Head Harbor (Free)
  • Ferry for Deer Island leaves L’Êtete and arrives on Route 772 (Cost)
  • Ferry to Campobello leaves Cummings Cove and arrives on N Road in Welshpool (Free)


Golfing, hiking, biking, whale watching. Grand Manan has it all. See trail maps and tours links below. Brookside Golf Course is a 9 hole course with spectacular ocean views.

Top of The Island Boat Tours, Grand Manan
Anchorage Provincial Park & Campground
Hole In The Wall. Photo Adventure High Sea Kayaking

Machias Seal Island is a protected bird sanctuary and a must see for bird lovers. It is only available during certain months of the year. Contact Sea Watch Tours for details.

Whale Watching. Photo Sea Watch Tours
Puffins, Machias Seal Island. Photo Whale Camp

Dining, Lodging & Shopping

Food For Thought Catering
High Seas Convenience


There are several casual dining options in Grand Manan that feature the best of the season.

Compass Rose Heritage Inn
Island Home Bed & Breakfast


From rustic inns and cozy cottages to sleeping under the stars, Grand Manan has several lodging options. We’ve listed a few below.

Of Time and Tides
Marina Vern Collectibles


Grand Manan is a self-sufficient island with shops and retail of every sort providing everything you need.

Some of the touristy spots where you can buy souvenirs are listed below.


Inhabited since 1770, Deer Island is a photographer’s paradise with each turn in the road bringing an opportunity to create an original masterpiece.  Beachcombing, cycling, hiking and bird watching are popular activities on the island.

Visit links below for more information on things to do.

Deer Island. Photo WeDrone
Chocolate Cove. Photo James H
Sandy Island. Photo Marilyn Benjamin
45th Parallel Motel & Restaurant
Ocean View Take Out


A couple of dining options for you on Deer Island are listed below.

45th Parallel Motel & Restaurant
Deer Island Inn


A few lodging options on Deer Island include a motel, an inn, cottages and a B&B.

Fireball Gallery & Studio
Maritime Texture


Bring back an incredible souvenir from your trip to Deer Island. Many local artisans produce some of the finest products made in New Brunswick. You will be amazed at our local talent!


Two of Campobello Island’s most popular sites include the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, former summer home of President Roosevelt, and East Quoddy Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.

Herring Cove golf course on Campobello is a 9 hole course with spectacular views of the Bay of Fundy.

Visit the links below for trail maps, whale watching tours, deep-sea fishing and lighthouse tours.

Herring Cove Provincial Park

FDR and his family spent summer vacations on Campobello Island over a period of fifty-six years.  They sailed, canoed, golfed, hiked, and picnicked on this, their beloved island. The Park was opened on August 20, 1964, with Prime Minister Lester Pearson and President Lyndon Johnson in attendance.

Head Harbor. Photo Campobello Tourism
Campobello Island Tour. Photo Don Dunbar

Dining, Lodging & Shopping

Herring Cove Restaurant
The Pier Waterfront


Restaurants on Campobello offer great comfort food and of course, fresh seafood.

An Island Chalet
Friars Bay Inn & Cottages


Find beautiful artisan products at the local gift shop on Campobello.


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