Heritage Trails and Footpaths.
The Heritage Trails and Footpaths of the Grand Manan archipelago are a
marvelous network of narrow, rustic footpaths that allow for exploration
of areas not accessible by most vehicles. Located on Grand Manan, Ross
and White Head Islands, many are as old as the first settlement in 1784
- some may even date before that time. Most trails are on private property
but owners do not object to considerate hikers going across their property
- some have even built benches.
Trails Committee. Hiking trails are maintained by a Trails Committee, co-ordinated by Cecilia Bowden and Bob Stone. Much of the work of clearing and marking is done by these
volunteers. If you wish to make a donation for the upkeep of the trails
you can do so by contacting us below and you will become a "Friend
of Grand Manan Trails". You can also adopt sections of trails or
whole trails to keep them passable or report any major work required.
Outer Islands. Trails do exist on
some of the other outer islands but you must make you own way to these
islands by boat or kayak. These trails are not regularly maintained and
you travel at your own risk. Again remember most islands are privately
owned and some such as Machias Seal Island, a Canadian Wildlife Bird Sanctuary,
have limited access.
The Grand Manan Tourism Association publishes a trail guide - HERITAGE TRAILS AND FOOTPATHS OF GRAND MANAN ISLAND, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA. These retail for $6 and can be purchased on the island or you can order it by adding an extra $2 for Canada, $4 for the US - shipping costs, and send your order to:
Grand Manan Trails Committee
51 Red Point Road, Grand Manan, NB, Canada, E5G 4J1.
Trails Newsletter. A trails
newsletter is published annually and includes updates about the trails,
fund raising, contributions from hikers and other pertinent information
| -2012- PDF
Newsletter Archives (PDF): | 2003 PDF (321KB) | 2004 PDF (216KB)
Trail Map. This trail map only approximates
the location of the trails. Please refer to the trail guide (Heritage
Trails and Footpaths of Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada),
for more exact locations and topography. Red are foot trails, blue
are manicured trails of the Anchorage, green are rough roads on Ross Island
which can be hiked. Roads can also be used to bridge gaps between
trails for longer hikes.
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Interested in Lighthouses? - try our "Lighthouse
Lighthouses abound in the archipelago and whether
travelling on foot, by bicycle or vehicle it is possible to see them all,
albeit some can only be seen in the distance unless you have a boat or
fly over them. An official "Lighthouse Trail" does not exist since
it would encompass several islands but it is possible to develop your own.
This route can be done in any direction, easiest by vehicle, most challenging
by foot or kayak. You can plan your own route but remember to begin
looking as you come to the island by ferry. To view the location
of some of these lighthouses click on "Map of Grand Manan" at the bottom
of the page.
By Vehicle from Blacks Harbour:
1. Pea Point Light - on
the left side of the ferry when leaving Blacks Harbour.
2. Southern Wolf Light -
on the left side of the ferry coming to Grand Manan about midway through
3. Swallowtail Light - northeast
end of island and closest to the ferry. From ferry turn right at stop sign
off Ferry Wharf Road onto Pettes Cove Road, left onto Old Airport Road,
right onto Lighthouse Lane. Follow until lighthouse is in view.
4. Long Eddy Light - northern
end of the island. Route 776 onto the Whistle Road. Follow Whistle
Road until the lighthouse is in view. If you are at Long Eddy at
night you may also see three other lights - East Quoddy (Campobello
Island), West Quoddy (Lubec, Maine), Southern Wolf (The Wolves, also visible
from the ferry) and perhaps more distant lights along
the coast such as Cutler, ME, or Bliss Island, NB.
5. Great Duck Island Light -
Route 776 to Woodwards Cove turn onto Shore Road. Follow Shore Road
until lobster pounds are in view. Keep a lookout for the lighthouse
in the distance on Great Duck Island.
6. Fish Fluke Point (Grand Harbour) Light
- Route 776 to Ingalls Head Road, follow along keeping a lookout
across Grand Harbour. The light is visible on Ross Island.
Alternatively, make a left onto Thoroughfare Road just as you enter Grand
Harbour from the north or just as you are leaving Grand Harbour from the
south. Follow to the end of the road, park your vehicle and hike along
Ross Island to the lighthouse. Make sure you have checked the tide
tables and can get across to Ross Island and back.
7. Long Point Light - Follow
Ingalls Head Road off Route 776 in Grand Harbour to the ferry to White
Head Island at the end of the road. Turn right just after leaving
ferry upon arrival at White Head and follow the road, keeping to the left
until the lighthouse is visible. The road to the lighthouse along
the shore is not always passable by cars so check before you venture onto
it. Gannet Rock Light may be visible on a clear day to the south.
8. Southwest Head Light -
Route 776 south to the end. From this vantage on a clear day you
should be able to see two other lighthouses, Machias Seal Island Light
directly south and Gannet Rock Light to the southeast.
9. Machias Seal Island Light
- arrange a boat tour with Sea
Watch Tours to the island.
10. Gannet Rock Light -
visible on a clear day from most vantage points from Ingalls Head to Southwest
Head and White Head Island.