Top ChoiceLighthouse in Grand Manan Island

Swallowtail Lighthouse

Clinging to the clifftop about 1km north of the ferry wharf, atmospheric Swallowtail Lighthouse (1860) is the island's signature vista. Climb down 53 stairs and across a wooden footbridge to enter. Inside you'll...

Market in Grand Manan Island

Roland's Sea Vegetables

Grand Manan is one of the few remaining producers of dulse, a type of seaweed that is used as a snack food or seasoning. Dulse gatherers wade among the rocks at low tide to pick the seaweed, then lay it out on...

Cafe in Grand Manan Island

Old Well House Cafe

This shingled cottage from 1832 is a local meeting place. Get comfy on a couch, perch at a wooden table or relax outside at a picnic table. Order excellent coffees, homemade soups, grilled wraps and some of the...

Museum in Grand Manan Island

Grand Manan Historical Museum

This museum makes a good destination on a foggy day. Its diverse collection of local artifacts provides a quick primer on island history. You can see a display on shipwreck lore and the original kerosene lamp...

Landmark in Grand Manan Island

Fishing Weirs

Those round contraptions of wooden posts that you see dotting the waters around Grand Manan are based on the design of ancient fishing traps; some of those you see date back to the 19th century. They were...

Canadian in Grand Manan Island

Inn at Whale Cove

Wonderful food in a relaxed country setting on Whale Cove. The menu changes daily, but includes mouthwatering upscale meals such as pulled pork and tagliatelle, seafood bouillabaisse and a to-die-for hazelnut...

Historic Site in Grand Manan Island

Seal Cove

For a century, smoked herring was king on Grand Manan. A thousand men and women worked splitting, stringing and drying fish in 300 smokehouses up and down the island. The last smokehouse shut down in 1996 but you...

Gallery in Grand Manan Island

Grand Manan Art Gallery

Housed in what looks like a 1970s church, this lovely, nonprofit local gallery showcases local and regional artists, as well as well-known historic and emerging figures. Exhibits change regularly. Watch for a...

Seafood in Grand Manan Island

Sunrise Seafoods

Right down by the fisheries, with a smokehouse pluming into the air, this place is the real deal. Get your chowders, chips, scallops and clams, lobster roll and fish, all as fresh as fresh can be. There are a few...

Seafood in Grand Manan Island

Trapped

A family-owned fishery since 1969, these guys know their lobster. Chill out on the deck with a beer or a smoothie and hot lobster or spinach dip to share. The 'Trapped' clothing in the attached store makes for...

Cafe in Grand Manan Island

Newton's Mercantile & Cafe

This old-fashioned-style mercantile has lots of space and plenty of board games for a rainy day. Gelato, crepes, soups and wi-fi make it a comfy place to hang out.

Museum in Grand Manan Island

Whale & Seabird Research Station

Protecting North Atlantic right whales, disentangling harbor porpoises from herring weir and deciphering the mysteries of pelagic seabirds are just some of what keeps this group busy. Visit their station to learn...

Cafe in Grand Manan Island

Food for Thought

It may not look like much from the outside, but step over the threshold and you'll find a cozy spot that churns out chicken pot pies, loaded grilled cheese and wraps. The owner is a caterer, and it's easy to see...