Join us in 2025 at Adult camp!

July 19-26, 2025. Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. Ages 21+

Be a kid again! Enjoy a week-long summer camp experience on Grand Manan, a picturesque island in the heart of the Bay of Fundy.

You’re invited! If you are over the age of 21 and interested in marine biology (or just love nature) we would love to have you! Individual or group registrations welcome.

Excursions

Whale Watching

Experience the wildlife of the Bay of Fundy up close and personal on two whale watching boat trips with a naturalist, private guide, and homemade snacks. Possible marine mammals you might encounter while on the water are humpback whales, fin whales, minke whales, atlantic white-sided dolphins, porpoises, and seals! If you get really lucky you just might spot an endangered right whale or our resident orca named Old Thom.

Our first whale watching trip is aboard a converted lobster boat, The Day’s Catch, while our second is on a zodiac. Both trips offer the chance to see some amazing whale behaviours, plentiful seabirds, and other marine life like sharks and sunfish! We collect whale and seabird data on our boat trips to contribute to our 35 year sighting database and do our best to ID the humpback whales we see based on their unique fluke patterns.

Puffin Trip

Take a boat trip to the Machias Seal Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary on The Days Catch and take in the magic of nesting seabirds, view one of the last manned lighthouses on the continent, and birdwatch for Atlantic puffins, razorbills, murres, terns, storm-petrels, and eiders.

Go aboard a skiff and travel around the outskirts of the 15 acre, granite island, or disembark and experience the bird species and nesting behaviours up close in a bird blind. This is considered to be the most important seabird colony in the Bay of Fundy and is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

hands-on exploration of island ecosystems

Geology walk with Greg McHone

Learn about the fascinating geological history of Grand Manan Island with local geologist Greg McHone, PhD, CPG. From exposed fault lines to magnetic sand and islands of quartz, rock enthusiasts of all kinds will have something to enjoy on our little island.

Sunrise bird walk

Grand Manan is a paradise for bird watchers and birders alike. The diversity in coastal ecosystems means that you can see various species of migratory and year-round sea and land birds. Go on a sunrise walk to experience dawn chorus and be sure to bring your binoculars!

learn about local culture

Visit the dulse shop and processing plant where locals harvest, dry, and package dulse to ship worldwide. A selection of seaweed will be available for tasting, including the world-famous Dark Harbour dulse. 

Explore the latest exhibits at the Grand Manan Museum, such as the extensive collection of bird specimens, art gallery, and historical accounts of seafarers and navigation. 

 

tidepooling and scientific inquiry

Home to the highest tides in the world, the vast tidepools on Grand Manan Island are home to some fascinating intertidal species. Find nudibranchs, sea sponges, sea stars, and so much more! Learn how to safely explore the intertidal zone and collect data for contribution to a local invasive species catalogue.

Sample menu

*All meals can be modified or substituted to accommodate dietary restrictions/allergies

breakfast

Scrambled eggs, bacon, toast  & fresh fruit

Pancakes with Canadian maple syrup

Oatmeal with cinnamon and apples

lunch

picnic lunch served at camp or in the field

white or whole wheat bread or wraps with sandwich fixings

smoked salmon and cheese board

dinner

seafood or corn chowder with homemade rolls

roast beef, mash, and steamed vegetables

atlantic salmon or local catch with side vegetables and rice

lobster roll, fries, and coleslaw

Pricing and accommodation

Pricing Information

Please contact us for pricing and accommodations information!

Included in the program:

-hot meals at camp for breakfast and dinner and picnic spread lunches

-transportation to and from Bangor, Maine and transportation around Grand Manan Island for coastal exploration, guided hikes, and boat trips throughout the week

-a personal private guide for all excursions, guided scientific exploration around the island, and all other evening/camp-based activities and supplies such as for evening art program, beach clean ups, and marine mammal olympics.

Accommodation options

We have two lodging options set aside for our adult and family programs: rustic, woodsy cabins at Castalia Marsh Retreat and more modern cottages at Harrington Cove. These options are customizable so that folks can share a cabin, have a place to themselves, or opt to book their own accommodations for their time at Whale Camp.
You can find more information about some of the accommodations we have set aside for camp below:
Lupin Cottage at Harrington Cove:
Castalia Marsh Retreat: