About the Island

Located between Maine and Nova Scotia, the Bay of Fundy is famous for having the highest tides in the world and is a marine scientist’s dream location. You’ll experience the power of the tides in action. You’ll observe the impact of the gravitational forces of the sun and moon that drive the tides and the explosion of life in the Bay of Fundy! You’ll see the tidal surges that force the ocean’s nutrients to the surface where they help produce healthy blooms of plankton. You’ll use oceanography equipment to test water samples to understand the life-producing chemical properties in the sea. From our research vessel, you’ll haul the plankton net out of the sea to closely study living plankton, the smallest plants and animals in the food chain. These plankton blooms are the basis of an amazingly concentrated food web of marine and bird life. From the plankton to the whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and puffins, you’ll be face-to-face with the Bay of Fundy’s amazing marine life. It’s a fantastic chain of life that unfolds daily before your eyes and clarifies how life in the Bay and the rest of our planet functions. You’ll experience how nature works through fun, hands-on marine science explorations. You’ll come away empowered with a clear understanding of ocean ecology, marine biology and marine science. Hands-on discoveries abound in the famous Bay of Fundy and help you find answers to some of the most amazing mysteries of life.

Grand Manan Island Chart

Stunning! Tour the pristine fishing villages and their colorfully painted lobster boats, hike the rocky coastal trails to discover unusual geologic features, explore the lighthouse stations where you can also observe whales right from the shoreline. Here, vast heaths of wildflowers explode each summer. Visit the salmon aquaculture sites, the historic sardine processing houses and the hidden waterfalls.