Bay of Fundy Eco Tour

Bay of Fundy Eco Tour

Explore the dynamic marine ecology of the Bay of Fundy, nestled between Maine and Nova Scotia, home to the world’s largest tides! Spend 5 days at the Fundy Marine Science Institute’s Whale Camp on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, as we enjoy whale watching, sea kayaking, tide pooling, bog hikes, pelagic birding, coastal trails, fishing villages, plankton labs, and even a lobster dinner!


Trip Overview

7-day/6-night tour from Bangor, ME to Grand Manan Island, NB, August 22 – 28, 2020

Bay of Fundy Eco Tour mapBegin your adventure in Bangor, Maine, where you will meet Whale Camp staff to travel to Blacks Harbor, New Brunswick, to catch an evening ferry to Grand Manan Island and settle for the night in preparation for our 5-day island adventure.

The FMSI’s Whale Camp has served as a multi-week residential summer camp since 1984, connecting hundreds of campers to the natural wonders of the Bay of Fundy through hand-on experiences and vibrantly personal experiences. Delaware Nature Society has been offered exclusive access to their costal campus, with Whale Camp Staff serving as our local guides, experts, and chefs!

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Daily Itinerary

Note: itinerary subject to change due to tides/weather.

Day 1: Sat, Aug 22Bay of Fundy Eco Tour

  • Fly into Bangor International Airport, plant to arrive before or by 12 pm/Noon. Flight options will be provided or you can book your own independently.
  • Meet Whale Camp Staff to travel from Bangor to Grand Manan Ferry, New Brunswick
  • Catch 5:30 pm ferry from Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick; review schedule, lobster dinner orders, optional trips, casual whale watching, and dutch treat dinner (there is also a 7 pm ferry if we hit a snag)
  • Arrive at Whale Camp/Cottages by ~7:30 pm; optional campus/beach walkabout, settle in for the night

Day 2: Sun, Aug 23

  • 8:30 am breakfast at Whale Camp
  • Morning sensory hike at Southern Head, Intro to Tides at Deep Cove Beach
  • Camp lunch in the field
  • Afternoon tide pooling at Red Point and free time
  • 6:00 pm dinner at Camp
  • Optional evening program: interactive lab/lecture with Marine Mammal Biologist

Day 3: Mon, Aug 24Bay of Fundy Eco Tour

  • 8:30 am Camp breakfast/announcements
  • Morning hike to Flock of Sheep with resident Geologist
  • Lunch back at Camp, prep for boat
  • Afternoon whale watching on Sea Watch Tours
  • 6:00 pm dinner at Camp
  • Optional evening Bog Discovery hike at Anchorage Provincial Park (think carnivorous plants!)

Day 4: Tues, Aug 25

  • 8:30 am Camp breakfast
  • Morning Grand Manan culture and fisheries excursion, visit local maritime museum
  • Camp lunch in the field
  • Optional afternoon sea kayaking or coastal hike
  • 6:00 pm dinner at Camp
  • Optional evening mini golf and ice cream in town

Day 5: Wed, Aug 26

Bay of Fundy Eco Tour

  • 8:30 am Camp breakfast
  • Morning birding and coastal forest ecology hike at Red Point Trail
  • Whale watching #2 aboard Days Catch; Camp lunch on board
  • Afternoon tea and scones at Harrington Cove Tea Cottage (if time), or tidepooling at Castalia Beach
  • 6:00 pm dinner at Camp
  • Optional sunset hike at Southwest Head Lighthouse

Day 6: Thurs, Aug 27

  • 8:30 am Camp breakfast
  • Morning scenic boat trip/pelagic birding (if possible)
  • Afternoon visit to Whale and Seabird Research Station, closing activities at Whistle Lighthouse
  • 6:00 pm Lobster Dinner at Whale Camp
  • Optional evening campfire at Camp

Day 7: Fri, Aug 28

  • 6:30 am depart from Whale Camp, to-go camp breakfast provided or dutch treat aboard ferry
  • 7:30 am catch the ferry to Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick
  • 9:30 am Whale Camp Staff take us from Blacks Harbour for Bangor International Airport
  • 12:00 pm (noon) arrive at Bangor airport, flights should be scheduled after arrival time. Flight information will be provided.

Price Includes

Meals

  • Enjoy homemade Newfoundland cooking at Whale Camp by Chef Sandra
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included while on Grand Manan Island (Days 2-8), including a surf and turf Lobster Dinner on our last day!
    • All food allergies/restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice.
    • To-go breakfast provided on Day 9 as we depart for the Bangor airport.
  • Dutch treat meals on Day 1 and Day 9 as we travel to/from Bangor airport and Grand Manan Island.
  • Grand Manan Island also has several restaurants available*; requires transportation by Whale Camp Staff

Lodging Options

  • Share a double-occupancy, double bunk-style room at Whale Camp.
  • Double-occupancy private cabin option – share a private beach front cottage at Pa’s Place for an extra $350pp, a 3 minute walk from Whale Camp.

Price and Payment

  • $1,999 per person double-occupancy at Whale Camp + personal air travel. Includes travel to/from Grand Manan Island from Bangor Airport, lodging and meals (while on Grand Manan), and all tours/activities.
  • If you opt to choose the added on double occupancy cottages at Pa’s Place Beach Front Cottage (limit 3 cottages/6 people) that full payment ($350) is due by July 1. Call 302.239.2334 ext. 134 to register for cabin lodging.
  • A $400 deposit per person holds your space; final payment is due July 1, 2020.
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Flight Information

Flight information is not included. Book your own flights to Bangor International Airport, arriving on Sat, Aug. 22 before 12 pm, and departing Fri, Aug. 28 after 1:30 pm.


COVID-19 Considerations

At this time, the US/Canada boarder is closed and there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Grand Manan Island. Should the border reopen in time for our trip and COVID-19 travel restrictions relaxed, we plan to move forward with this trip in August 2020. We are exploring all options, including postponing to 2021. We will update with any official changes.