Welcome to Whale Camp

Learn about marine biology through hands-on learning at summer camp in 2024 in New Brunswick, Canada

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Whale Camp is a place to be yourself, discover who you are, and to meet genuine and lasting friends. You’ll make connections with nature, other campers, and yourself while exploring the outdoors!

Experience the outdoors

Our playground is an island in the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides in the world, diverse ecosystems, and productive waters.

Why Whale Camp is the best choice of marine biology summer camps for New Jersey families in 2024

Join other families from New Jersey and send your child to Whale Camp in Canada this summer! We foster an inclusive, curious, and adventurous community on Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy, host to the highest tides in the world. Learn about marine biology, explore the coastal and terrestrial ecosystems of the island, and experience whales, dolphins, and puffins in their natural habitat.

Whale Camp started as a school field trip in 1984, when founders Dennis and Orma Bowen brought their students from Pennsylvania up to the island to explore its natural beauty. Even now, most of our families come from New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Boston, and Washington because of our Pennsylvania roots!

New for 2024! Whale camp for adults!

Get a feel for our summer camp spirit

Whale camp is all about following your bliss, exploring nature, and of course searching for whales and other sea creatures in the Bay of Fundy. Follow us on our social media accounts to see more photos and videos from past summers!

Our location

We are located on Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick, Canada. This little island of about 3000 people sits in the Bay of Fundy, host to the highest tides in the world. Our campus consists of two dormitories, a kitchen and dining area, a small snack bar and merchandise shop, and 14 acres of forest, meadow, and coastline to explore. See more photos of life at camp and the island in our gallery.

A map of the US-Canada border and route to Grand Manan Island. From Bangor, Maine, we travel across the US-Canada border near Calais, down to Blacks Harbour in New Brunswick and board a ferry to the island. Also seen on the map is a tiny island off of Grand Manan called Machias Seal Island where we travel to see puffins and other seabirds at camp.

Grand Manan Island:

Our campus is located in Seal Cove on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, which is in the Bay of Fundy! We experience the highest tides in the world, productive waters full of life, and many coastal and terrestrial ecosystems to explore.

A view from one of the dorms at camp. The green fields and picnic table are in the foreground and the ocean can be seen in the distance.

Our campus:

We have two dorms, a kitchen, a canteen with snacks, and acres of land to explore while at camp. Can you spot the ocean in the distance? Our sandy beach is accessible at low tide where we play games, explore the intertidal algae, and do beach clean ups!

Four kayaks with campers can be seen on the water through a geological feature called Hole in the Wall on Grand Manan Island

The Island Ecosystem:

There is so much to explore on Grand Manan. When we aren’t out on the boat looking for whales, dolphins, seals, and sharks, we are checking out amazing geological formations, exploring bog and marsh ecosystems, and looking for tidepool creatures!

explore Our programs

Our traditional summer camp programs are available for adventurers ages 10 – 17. We offer one- and two-week hands-on programs at Whale Camp where we go on whale watches, visit the puffin nesting colony on Machias Seal Island, and offer experiential lessons in the field. Some lessons you might explore at camp include forest ecology, bog and marsh ecology, marine mammal physiology, geology, and tidepool ecology.

We operate on a two-week curriculum cycle, so after engaging in foundational activities in the first week, our two-week campers will explore new areas and learn new content. Check out our summer 2024 dates and prices!

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