Top 10 Things to do in Grand Manan, Canada

December 31, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Grand Manan Island (also simply Grand Manan) is a Canadian island, and the largest of the Fundy Islands in the Bay of Fundy. It is the primary island in the Grand Manan Archipelago, sitting at the boundary between the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of Maine on the Atlantic coast. Grand Manan is jurisdictionally part of Charlotte County in the province of New Brunswick.
Restaurants in Grand Manan

1. Swallowtail Lighthouse

50 Lighthouse Rd | Grand Manan, NB, New Brunswick E5G 2A2, Canada
Excellent
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5 based on 212 reviews

Swallowtail Lighthouse

Reviewed By Greeneyesblue1 - Moncton, Canada

Just a 5 min drive from the ferry .You can see the swallowtail lighthouse as u get in to Grand Manan. Very picturesque and a nice short walk to the lighthouse...you have to pay 5$ to go up to the lighthouse but we didn't go up. Very peaceful place!!

2. Long Eddy Point Lighthouse

Whistle Road, North Head, New Brunswick, Canada
Excellent
56%
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26%
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18%
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Long Eddy Point Lighthouse

Reviewed By scotiajim - Hubley, Ns

Amazing spot overlooking the ocean from the cliffs above. There is a small observation platform located at the lighthouse. If you drive another 200 meters down the road there is an even better spot for viewing. Highly recommend this spot, especially at sunset.

3. Anchorage Provincial Park

136 Anchorage Rd, New Brunswick E5G 2H4, Canada +1 506-662-7022
Excellent
63%
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4.5 based on 79 reviews

Anchorage Provincial Park

The Anchorage Park and Campground is operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Manan Island. For anyone visiting our beautiful Island seeking natural attractions, exciting adventures, and breathtaking scenery; the Anchorage Park and Campground is the place to be! In addition, the picturesque hiking and cycling trails, interpretive displays, close encounters with wildlife and proximity to other local attractions has made the Anchorage one of the top destinations on Grand Manan. The Anchorage features 103 campsites including pull through, serviced and un-serviced lots. Additional amenities and services include; an activity center, shower and laundry facilities, playground, a nearby beach, and a dumping station. The panoramic views of the ocean alone make the Anchorage Park and Campground an ultimate destination for visitors.

Reviewed By Bev B - Temecula, California

We are visiting our Daughter, Son-in-law & Grand Daughter. Such BEAUTIFUL, peaceful walking trails in Anchorage Provincial Park. It started to rain on us a bit....who cares!!! These Southern California Grand parents found the rain refreshing & still easy to maneuver the stroller--- Thank you...MoreHi Bev B, We really appreciate your amazing review! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, even in the rain! We hope to be on your list of stops the next time you venture this way! Take Care.

4. Southwest Head Lighthouse

Highway 776, New Brunswick, Canada
Excellent
72%
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Southwest Head Lighthouse

Reviewed By ihor s - Toronto, Canada

On the first evening of arrival on Grand Manan we visited this part of our destination. It was magnificent, very dramatic. Ancient cliffs are very spectacular and harsh looking.
Walking along them was giving me goose bumps. There were lots of beautiful plants and flowers blooming and it seemed very remote and isolated.
There were lots of seabirds by the water. they were fishing and flying. On the top of the cliffs we saw a few kinds of sparrows.
We went to the far end of the Head and waited for unforgettable sunset. This is the nicest spot for sunset on the island.

5. The Old North Head Postoffice

52 Route 776, New Brunswick E5G 1A1, Canada +1 506-661-0003
Excellent
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

The Old North Head Postoffice

This historic building sits proudly on the shore of Grand Manan in North Head. Make it your first stop in your island getaway to Grand Manan and is only a 2 minute walk down from the ferry terminal. Aside from the beautiful 1938 architecture, the building hosts an eclectic mix of small businesses. Tourist information can be found in the building with the standard fare of brochures, but it also hosts a community products based store called 'The Exchange' showcasing the community of Grand Manan's talents. It is also the home of Postoffice Pizza, Grand Manan Scooter Rentals, Kites and Kones, Something to Crow About Coffee, the island roasters coffee can be purchased here. It also has a number of artist studios, adept in a diverse mix of mediums.

Reviewed By jjandarh - Moncton, Canada

Looks like an awesome idea. We have visited GM several times before but this was the first (and last) time for Post Office Pizza. Great building. A little tacky/touristy inside, but hey, it's a short season...Back to pizza. Order at the PO counter/window and wait for it to be ready. We sat outside on the front deck and the guy brought it out. Pizza was lacking in flavour, strange tasting sauce, but the worst thing was, that in the last slice was a hair. Human hair. When asked by the "staff/owner" how was everything and my hubby told him about the hair, he said "Oh dear" . No apology, no offer or refund/credit, nothing. Oh dear, they just lost a customer, and I suggest you stay away too. Sad, because this island needs restaurants.

6. Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station

24 Route 776 | Grand Manan, NB, New Brunswick E5G 1A1, Canada +1 506-662-3804
Excellent
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station

The GMWSRS is a multi-purpose not-for-profit facility that has a tiny marine natural history museum about the largest marine animals (Gaskin Marine Natural History Museum), a gift shop to help fund our operations with many local and Maritime crafts and gifts, and staff quarters for researchers and interns. Conveniently located across from the ferry ticket office, it is a great place to stop for a few minutes. Access to the museum is by donation.

Reviewed By MDO44 - Ontario

Excellent visitor centre, excellent little gift shop - it's nice to know that the profits go back to research!

7. Seal Cove Herring Smoke Sheds

Seal Cove Old Harbour | Seal Cove, New Brunswick, Canada
Excellent
51%
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Seal Cove Herring Smoke Sheds

Reviewed By fincaran - Saint John, Canada

The Seal Cove smoke sheds are a designated Provincial Heritage Site. Certainly of interest to history lovers but a real must visit destination for photographers. Check the tides as high tide is more photogenic and the time of day will matter as lighting will of course change. Best bet is to make several visits to the area. Lots of colour, lots of character.

8. Itty Bitty Barnyard

1094 Route 776, New Brunswick E5G 4E8, Canada +1 506-662-3273
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5 based on 6 reviews

Itty Bitty Barnyard

We are a Registered Non-Profit Organization dedicated to small scale agricultural education. We are dedicated to providing a safe, loving environment for our farm animal rescues, and providing farm tours, animal visits & agricultural education to children and adults alike. A gift shop is onsite for souvenirs, organic products and farm fresh eggs.

Reviewed By Loretta R - Toronto, Canada

This is a great place for families or those who love animals to visit. The owners obviously love and care for these animals very well. The alpacas were our favorites but were really enjoyed meeting all of the farm animals. We also loved the resident diogs and cats. The shop has interesting things to buy and is also worth checking out. Better yet, you can book to stay at their Chalet in Paradise and enjoy even more time with the animals!

9. Long Point Lighthouse

Long Point Road, New Brunswick E5G 2K7, Canada
Excellent
58%
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Long Point Lighthouse

Reviewed By fromaway2 - Mount Desert, Maine

Take the free ferry from Ingalls Head to White Island. Yes, it is free and you can take your car. Take the road to the right as you leave the ferry and follow signs to the lighthouse. The lighthouse itself is not all that exceptional, but the beach there is stunning, a great place for a picnic and for beach combing. The cobble stones give way to blue-gray rocks along the shore. The coarse sand in some spots is also blue against a backdrop of yellow flowers. Definitely a highlight of our brief trip to Grand Manan Island!

10. Deep Cove Beach

Excellent
51%
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Deep Cove Beach

Reviewed By ihor s - Toronto, Canada

We liked all Beaches on Grand Manan because they are different but nice at the same time.
Plus all of them have different shores and shapes and also because we like beach combing... for us it's always fascinating to find something new and interesting that belongs to this particular beach.
Beach combing is a great fun. You find stones that are beautiful, picturesque and unique. You wont find two identical stones on the same beach. Plus you relax, you breathe oceanic air, you listen to water's talking, you see birds and water creatures...
It's never boring. Try to look after some interesting stones and you will fall in love with them!

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