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A migration hotspot for birds, humpback whales, harbour porpoise and other species attracted by nutrient rich waters, New Brunswick offers opportunities for exciting encounters with wildlife.

On the east coast of Canada, above Maine and next to Quebec, New Brunswick has five varied regions, the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy, beaches, mountains, rivers, and cities and towns.  As well as numerous whales and seabirds, there are land species including moose, deer, hare and rare butterflies like the maritime ringlet, and other marine mammals such as harbour, and grey seals.

In addition to its whale watching and wildlife attractions, New Brunswick has a vibrant cultural scene with events and carnivals throughout the year, including local food and wine events, and jazz and bluegrass festivals.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, American black bear, moose, harbour seal, Atlantic puffin

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Grand Manan’s Coastal Wonders

Join us for an early autumn bird and whale spectacular on Canada’s eastern seaboard. The area attracts thousands of shorebirds and warblers on migration, and it is one of the best times for whale watching, where species to be seen include fin, minke, humpback and the extremely rare northern right whale.

  • When to go: Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,545 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Northern Right Whales of New Brunswick

Enjoy a self-drive short break to New Brunswick and experience fantastic whale watching along with beautiful coastal scenery. The Bay of Fundy is a cetacean hotspot, with minke, fin, humpback and North Atlantic right whales, together with harbour porpoises, white-sided dolphins and an array of seabirds.

  • When to go: Jun-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 5 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,745 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Whales of the Bay of Fundy Self-drive

This one-week self-drive holiday takes you to the heart of New Brunswick, visiting Grand Manan Island and the Bay of Fundy, a haven for whales, with fin, humpback, minke, and the rare North Atlantic right whale. You can also expect to see plenty of shorebirds, puffins and some spectacular coastal scenery.

  • When to go: Jun-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,245 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Compass Rose Heritage Inn

Situated in the heart of Grand Manan Island, facing the Bay of Fundy, Compass Rose is the ideal base for keen naturalists. This charming heritage inn has only seven rooms, each offering comfort coupled with incredible views. Activities include birdwatching, kayaking and whale watching.

Innisfree Bed & Breakfast

Innisfree is a charming 160 year-old farmhouse, entirely renovated and surrounded by exquisite gardens, with superb views of the Bay of Fundy. Offering hearty breakfasts and a cosy fireplace, it is full of character, and an ideal base from which to explore the natural highlights of Hopwell Rocks at low tide.

Marathon Inn

The Marathon Inn is a designated 'Local Historic Place' as it is one of the oldest purpose-built continually-operated hotels in Eastern Canada. Built over a century ago by a retired captain, it stands on the very top of Marathon Lane overlooking the North Head Harbour in Grand Manan.