Bay of Fundy
Located between Maine and Nova Scotia, the Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world. In some areas, when conditions align, there can be a vertical change of 16 metres (53 feet)! These dramatic tidal surges force the ocean’s nutrients to the surface where they help produce healthy blooms of plankton. This rich, abundant food source is a key component of the spectacularly diverse and highly concentrated food-web of marine and bird life. Humpback, Minke, and Finback whales all visit these waters in the summer, along with harbour porpoises and Atlantic white-sided dolphins. Right whales are also regular visitors to the Bay of Fundy, offering a rare opportunity to encounter these critically endangered mammals. Harbour seals, grey seals, river otters, and more enjoy the feast and spend their summers frolicking in the coastal waters.
A visit to the Bay of Fundy allows the opportunity to see a diverse variety of seabirds including common murres, razorbills, Arctic terns, and the always popular Atlantic puffins. These birds spend their year at sea and come ashore, for just a couple of months, to nest on nearby Machias Seal Island by the thousands. Whale Campers have access to exclusive trips to this seabird haven, where they can see up to five thousand breeding pairs of puffins and their chicks!
Grand Manan Island
Stunning! Tour pristine and picturesque fishing villages and their colourfully painted lobster boats. Admire Seal Cove’s historic sardine processing houses, which during the mid 20th century were the most prolific smoked sardine producers in the world. From there, hike out along stunning rocky coastal trails to discover awe-inspiring geological features, such as the stunning basalt cliffs of Southwest Head. Grand Manan is often called a geologist’s paradise due to its diverse and fascinating rock formations. Visit scenic lighthouse stations, from which whales and other exciting marine life can often easily be observed.
The shores of Grand Manan also teem with life. Exploring tidepools is a favourite activity on the island, providing the opportunity to find sea stars, nudibranchs, urchins, lobsters, small fish, and much, much more. Campers return to the island year after year, excited to see what each new visit to the tidepools will bring.
Inland, streams and ponds offer a place to investigate invertebrates and relax by the water. Coastal bogs are home to many unique plant species, including infamous carnivorous plants such as sundews and pitcher plants. Forests of black spruce, birch, and striped maple offer a rich environment for learning about terrestrial ecology, exploring scenic wooded trails, and with luck, building the perfect fort (in the name of education, of course). Birders will delight in exploring these ecosystems: In addition to seabirds, the island is home to a wide variety of songbirds and birds of prey, including nesting bald eagles and peregrine falcons.
Welcome to our comfortable home at the end of Seal Cove beach where first-rate dormitories have the feel of home and help foster community. The fourteen acre waterfront property is complete with inviting open fields and dramatic ocean vistas. The inviting dining hall exudes warmth and offers wholesome food choices prepared by our Newfoundland cooks. Everyone loves Sandra's cooking from homemade breads and cookies to traditional thanksgiving-style dinners. Vegetarian options are readily available and even picky eaters find healthy options. We are able to accommodate food allergies.Welcome to our comfortable home at the end of Seal Cove beach where first-rate dormitories have the feel of home and help foster community.