Whale & Seabird Watching, Scenic Boat Tours & Kayaking
The mouth of the Bay of Fundy, including the Fundy Isles, is a haven to a variety of whales, seals and seabirds. Attracted by schools of fish and zooplankton moving into the Bay, they find a natural habitat for nursing their young, courtship, mating and nesting. Finback, humpback, minke, and the rare North Atlantic right whales, harbour porpoises, white-sided and white beaked dolphins, harbour and grey seals abound around Grand Manan, as well as many species of coastal and pelagic (those that live on the ocean except to nest) seabirds. Even some large sharks and fish are sometimes seen such as basking sharks, bluefin tuna, and ocean sunfish. Marine wildlife watching starts when you board the ferry in Blacks Harbour. The ferry route crosses one of the feeding areas for marine mammals and seabirds in the Bay of Fundy. Harbour porpoises, and occasionally Atlantic white-sided dolphins, can be seen from the ferry as well as large whales. It is also possible to watch from lookouts on shore since Grand Manan Island creates complex oceanography which concentrates prey in certain areas (the lighthouses are situated overlooking many of these locations).
The Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station
A great, little marine natural history museum will inform and delight curious minds. Our displays include whales, seals, seabirds, fish, sharks and invertebrates with additional information on how whales survive in the oceans and some hands-on displays for busy hands. We also highlight the endangered right whale and conservation efforts to protect them while in the Bay of Fundy, and our unique Harbour Porpoise Release Program, helping herring weir operators safely release entrapped porpoises and other large marine animals.
Adventure High Inc.
We offer guided kayak tours, ranging from 2 hours to 5 days. Explore the coastline by sea kayak! NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Adventure High’s qualified guides will teach you the basic strokes and make sure you enjoy a safe and comfortable trip. Whether you have only a couple hours or a week, whether you're planning an island getaway, pursuing a new paddling skill, or seeking a relaxing trip with the family, we have a tour for you! Adventure High guarantees you a memorable experience that will keep you coming back for more. Dates of Operation: May – October
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Island Bound Charters
Captain Russell Ingalls has been carrying passengers for over 20 years. We offer guided tours to Kent Island, which is an exclusive chance to see the Leach’s Storm-Petrel in its burrow. On chumming trips you’ll see pelagic birds and marine life, including whales. We also offer boat tours around Grand Manan Island, where you’ll see the island from a unique perspective. Our private charters let you see all there is to see in a more relaxed and personal setting.
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Sea Watch Tours
Captain Peter Wilcox, along with his wife, Kenda, own and operate “Sea Watch Tours”. He is a native Grand Mananer whose ancestors arrived from New England during the American Revolution. He’s a proud islander who has served in local politics for the past eight years. After travelling to the mainland where he secured two college degrees, he returned to his island to pursue his love of the sea. Aside from lobster fishing for over 30 years, he has invested 40 years with the tourism industry on Grand Manan. His knowledge of the sea and the island lifestyle helps to make your excursion with Sea Watch Tours a memorable one.
Seals and Whales– Download PDF
Weirs and Herring– Download PDF
Sharks and Allies– Download PDF
Fishing– Download PDF
Seaweeds– Download PDF