Wildlife Wonders of the Bay of Fundy – New Brunswick, Canada

Scheduled Group Departure: July 22-30, 2017

Atlantic puffin Machias Seal IslandThe world’s highest tides, millions of sandpipers on migration, an assortment of whales, a nesting colony of Atlantic puffins within arm’s reach, and a rich tapestry of maritime culture set the stage for this special trip to New Brunswick, Canada. Join us as we discover New Brunswick’s abundant wonders on this unforgettable wildlife and natural history tour.

Duration: 9 days/ 8 Nights

Itinerary


DAY 1 (Sat, July 22) – Bangor, Maine ~ Evening arrival to Bangor, Maine. Overnight at Hampton Inn Bangor or similar. (D)

DAY 2 (Sun, July 23) – Bangor/ Fundy Trail Parkway/ St. Martins ~ This morning, we’ll be met our local guide from New Brunswick for our drive to Saint John. Step into a vibrant past as we walk the charming streets of Saint John, Canada’s oldest incorporated city. After lunch, we’ll continue to St. Martins and visit the Fundy Trail Parkway, a new road that opens up previously unreachable areas of the bay’s coastline. Our day ends with a beach barbecue on the shores of the phenomenal Bay of Fundy. Overnight at Tidal Watch Inn. (B,L,D)

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DAY 3 (Mon, July 24) – St. Martins/ Fundy National Park/ Cape Enrage ~ Created in 1948, Fundy National Park became New Brunswick’s first national park. Fundy showcases a rugged coastline that rises to the Acadian Highlands, the highest tides in the world, and dozens of waterfalls. Enjoy a waterfall hike in the park before continuing north to Mary’s Point. Each summer, 1-2.5 million shorebirds including up to 75% of the world’s semipalmated sandpipers, congregate in waves at the upper reaches of the bay. The Bay of Fundy is their only stopover on a 4,000 km migration south. We’ll visit Mary’s Point in hopes of catching a glimpse this epic migration event. Overnight at Tidal Watch Inn. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 (Tues, July 25) St. Martins/ Grand Manan ~ We have the morning to relax and/or explore the Village of St. Martins before catching the ferry to Grand Manan Island, “the Queen of the Fundy Isles”. Working fishing villages, herring weirs, and lighthouses offer a glimpse into Grand Manan’s maritime roots. Optional evening nature walk. We’ll spend the next two nights at Marathon Inn, a historic sea captain’s home overlooking Head Harbour. Overnight at Marathon Inn. (B,L,D)

Puffins and razorbill - Machias Seal Island

 

DAY 5 (Wed, July 26) – Grand Manan/ Machias Seal Island ~ Private charter to Machias Seal Island in the Gulf of Maine. During the summer nesting season, Machias Seal Island becomes home to thousands of pelagic species including Atlantic puffins, razorbills, Arctic terns, gulls, and murres. Access to the island is extremely limited with only 15 people from Canada allowed to visit the viewing blinds each day. No matter where you stand on the island, you’ll see thousands of birds flying by and standing within a few feet of the blinds. Bring your camera! Overnight at Marathon Inn. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 (Thurs, July 27) – Grand Manan/ Whale Watching ~ Morning whale watching expedition. New Brunswick claims to offer nature enthusiasts “more whales, more often”. Over 12 species of whales have been recorded migrating to the Bay of Fundy with minke, humpback and fin whales the most commonly sighted species. If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll spot a rare right whale. Seabirds, humpbacks and fin whales, the world’s second largest whale, all share a food source in the bay – herring. As we search for herring congregations, keep an eye out for shearwaters, petrels, kittiwakes and more. End the day with a visit to Swallowtail Lighthouse and the island’s fishing wharf. Overnight at Marathon Inn. (B,L,D)

Breaching Humpback Whale

DAY 7 (Fri, July 28) – Grand Manan/ Deer Island/ Campobello Island ~ We’ll travel to Deer Island this morning for a sea kayaking adventure. This kayaking excursion is designed with novice and intermediate kayakers in mind. Enjoy a supportive environment as we paddle and learn about the bay’s unique ocean ecosystems. For anyone not interested in kayaking, a scenic drive is available as an alternate activity. Afternoon ferry to Campobello Island. For many years, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s family and friends summered on Campobello Island. We’ll spend the next two nights in an exclusive turn-of-the-century cottage at Roosevelt Campobello International Park, a symbol of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada. Overnight at Roosevelt Cottages. (B,L,D)

Sea kayaking Deer Island, New Brunswick

DAY 8 (Sat, July 29) – Campobello Island ~ Minke whales often feed just off the coast of Campobello Island so we’ll spend the morning searching for them along with humpbacks, fins, and rare northern right whales during another whale watching excursion. Our guide, Mackie Green of Island Cruises, also leads rescue efforts of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team. Optional hike this afternoon before our farewell lobster dinner at Prince’s Cottage. Overnight at Roosevelt Cottages. (B,L,D)

Lobster dinner New Brunswick

DAY 9 (Sun, July 30) – Departure ~ Transfer to Bangor in time for our flight home. (B,L)


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DETAILS

MEALS: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Price: $4295* per person based on double occupancy.

Single accommodations upon request and subject to availability.

Package includes accommodations, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through lunch on Day 9, private ground transportation, guided excursions, two full-time guides (Mike Carpenter from Red Rock Adventure and Sheridan Samano from Reefs to Rockies), local guides for boat and kayaking excursions, entrance fees, ferry crossings, gratuities at meals, donations to support local non-profit organizations, and HST (harmonized sales tax at 15%).

Exclusions: airfare, passport/visa fees, travel insurance, meals not listed, optional activities, gratuities for local guides, and items of a personal nature.

Mary’s Point shorebird photo courtesy of Paul Gaudet.