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Grand Manan Island: A Whale and Birding Paradise

Program Number: 5378RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/21/2013 - 7/27/2013; 7/5/2015 - 7/11/2015; 7/19/2015 - 7/25/2015; 8/2/2015 - 8/8/2015; 8/9/2015 - 8/15/2015; 8/16/2015 - 8/22/2015; 8/23/2015 - 8/29/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/5/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick
Price starting at: $959.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature; Birding
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Set in the context of the shorebird migration, experience the natural beauty of Grand Manan at the pace of bygone times aboard a 56-foot pilot ketch during this exceptional whaling and birding adventure. Grand Manan’s Fundy Bay is one of the top ten whale watch destinations in the world, with sightings of basking sharks, dolphins and tuna possible, too. Spot a multitude of seabirds including phalaropes, shearwaters, petrels puffins and gannets, and experience the amazing Fundy tides from a floating slip.




Highlights

• Spend a day among such whales as Finback, Humpback, Minke, the rare North Atlantic Right Whale and their calves.
• Take a ferry trip to White Head Island where J.J. Audubon spent time collecting birds in 1833.
• View fishing weirs and salmon cages and visit a small whale and seabird research station.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile a day. Boarding and disembarking ketch. Bring your own binoculars for birding.



All Marathon Inn programs include round-trip transfers from St John. So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.




Date Specific Information

7-21-2013

Includes whale-watching excursion, study cruise to Machias Seal Island to visit a Puffin colony and study cruise along the dark side of the island with its 300-foot cliffs.




Grand Manan Island

The largest island in the Grand Manan archipelago is internationally renowned as a bird watcher's paradise and from spring to autumn still teems with the species of birds that enchanted J.J. Audubon in 1833 when he visited the islands.



Accommodations
Century-old inn with period furnishings, large verandah overlooking fisherman’s wharf.
Meals and Lodgings
   Marathon Inn
  Grand Manan Island, NB 6 nights
 Marathon Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Century old inn; period furnishings; large verandah overlooking gardens, scenic Flagg's Cove and the Fishers' Wharf ( watch working fishing boats arrive and depart; see the ebb and flow of world famous Bay of Fundy tides); walk to the "Hole in the Wall, Swallowtail Light or just stroll through North Head village.
  Contact info: 19 Marathon Lane
Grand Manan, NB E5G 3A4 Canada
phone: 888-660-8488
web: www.angelfire.com/biz2/marathon
  Room amenities: private bath, hair dryers
  Facility amenities: Inground solar heated swimming pool, tennis court, bird feeding stations **Free internet and free long distance calling anywhere in North America
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $74.00- $109.00 Canadian. Pre-booking required.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $74.00- $109.00 Canadian. Pre-booking required.
  Check out time: 11:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:30 PM in Hotel Lounge: pre Dinner Reception. You will be staying at Marathon Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Check out by 11:00 am You will be staying at Marathon Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport is required for all air travel to/from Canada. On June 1, 2009, a new US law known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) will require those traveling to/from the United States by land and sea to also have a passport or other appropriate secure document (NEXUS card). Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html
  Parking availability:
Ample free parking at inn.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Grand Manan Island, NB
  Nearest city or town:  Black's Harbour
  Nearest highway: Route 1
  Nearest airport:  Saint John Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Grand Manan Island, NB
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Saint John

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Marathon Inn

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

37.50 includes ferry fare
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 30 minutes 

   

Pick up & drop off available at any accommodation in Saint John, as well as airport, bus terminal, etc. Actual driving time to ferry is 1 hour, extra time allowed for probable multiple pickups. Ferry ride is 1 & 1/2 hours. Please indicate if service is required in the appropriate place in advance materials.

 

Saint John

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Marathon Inn

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

37.50 includes ferry fare
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 30 minutes 

   

Pick up & drop off available at any accommodation in Saint John, as well as airport, bus terminal, etc. Actual driving time to ferry is 1 hour, extra time allowed for probable multiple pickups. Ferry ride is 1 & 1/2 hours. Please indicate if service is required in the appropriate place in advance materials.

 
Driving Directions
  St. Stephen or Saint John Route 1 from St. Stephen/Calais border crossing approximately 30 miles east to Black's Harbour exit, or Route 1 from Saint John approximately 50 miles west to Black's Harbour exit; 5 miles to village of Black's Harbour, follow signs to ferry dock; no ticket office at Black's Harbour ferry dock (purchase ticket upon return only) join line up; first come, first served; arrive at ferry line up at least one hour prior to desired departure time; advance ticket available from Grand Manan only; approximate cost $50.00 Canadian for two adults and passenger vehicle, return trip; ferry schedule provided with information package; may view online also at www.coastaltransport.ca; ferry trip is one and a half hours; modern ferry with cafeteria on board.
Equipment Requirements: Must provide own binoculars.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Sunday, July 21)
   
 Arrive To: Check in, registration
 Dinner: Dinner in main dining room and orientation in Annex Lounge; An Introduction to Grand Manan: slide/lecture format
   
Accommodations: Marathon Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Whale Watch and Birding Expeditions
(Monday, July 22)

Note: Boarding and disembarking boats. Some walking and standing.



   
 Breakfast: At inn, hot or cold cereal, fruit, hot entree (cook's choice; changes daily), juice, tea or coffee
 Morning: The group will split in two for whale/puffin boat trips only to facilitate going ashore into bird blinds. Roommates always in same group; friends by request.

One group will take a Whale Watch boat trip to seek minke, fin, humpback and North Atlantic right whales, porpoise and dolphins. Look for shearwaters,jeagers, phalaropes, kittiwakes, gannets & guillemots.

The other group visits Machias Seal Island, southernmost breeding site of the North Atlantic puffin! During the nesting season it is home to thousands of pelagic birds, the most famous species is the Atlantic Puffin but you can also delight in viewing Razorbill Auks and Common and Artic Terns. Look for Shearwaters, Wilson's Strom Petrels, Phalaropes, Jeagers, Gannets, Guillemots & Eider Ducks en route.

 Lunch: Lunch on board vessel & bag lunch
 Afternoon: Boat trips continue into afternoon
 Dinner: At Inn: set appetizer & dessert, (made fresh daily); choice of fresh catch of the day or meat entree; preorder after breakfast each day
 Evening: Seal Island slide/lecture format
   
Accommodations: Marathon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Whale watch and Birding Expeditions
(Tuesday, July 23)

Note: Boarding and disembarking boats. Some walking and standing.



   
 Breakfast: At inn: hot or cold cereal; fruit; hot entree (cook's choice, changes daily); juice; coffee; tea.
 Morning: We reverse the activities from the previous day, remaining in our small groups to facilitate viewing from bird blinds. Half of group to the Whale Watch boat trip; Half of group to Seal Island boat trip to view puffins.
 Lunch: Lunch on board vessel & bag lunch
 Afternoon: Boat trips continue into afternoon
 Dinner: At inn: set appetizer & dessert (made fresh daily); choice of fresh catch of the day or meat entree daily, must preorder after breakfast each day.
 Evening: Seabirds & Mammals: slide/lecture format
   
Accommodations: Marathon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fisherman's Wharf, Grand Manan Museum, Sunset at The Whistle
(Wednesday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: At inn: hot or cold cereal; fruit; hot entree (cook's choice, changes daily); juice; coffee; tea.
 Morning: Guided walk of Fisherman's Wharf: an expert led tour of a working facility with insight into the day to day activities of the local fishing industry
 Lunch: At inn
 Afternoon: Guided visit to Grand Manan Museum (includes fisheries & geology exhibit); also home of of the renowned Alan Moses bird collection; many local cultural artifacts.
 Dinner: At inn: set appetizer & dessert (made fresh daily); choice of fresh catch of the day or meat entree daily, must preorder after breakfast each day.
 Evening: Sunset at the Whistle. Sunset, birds, lighthouses and marine mammals from this cliff top perch, high above the Bay of Fundy.
   
Accommodations: Marathon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Dark Side of the Island Boat Trip, Seabird Research Station
(Thursday, July 25)
   
 Breakfast: At inn: hot or cold cereal; fruit; hot entree (cook's choice, changes daily); juice; coffee; tea.
 Morning: Dark Side of the Island boat trip
 Lunch: At inn
 Afternoon: Guided visit to Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station
 Dinner: At inn: set appetizer & dessert (made fresh daily); choice of fresh catch of the day or meat entree daily, must preorder after breakfast each day.
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Marathon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Culture and Lifestyle of a Fishing Island
(Friday, July 26)
   
 Breakfast: At inn: hot or cold cereal; fruit; hot entree (cook's choice, changes daily); juice; coffee; tea.
 Morning: Field trip to visit and learn about various aspects of the fishing industry past and present, reflecting the culture and lifestyle of a fishing island. Visit lobster pounds, smoked herring stands, dulsing operations, boat building,salt fish operation, visit a small fishers' supply store.
 Lunch: At inn
 Afternoon: Free afternoon
 Dinner: Choice of lobster or steak dinner
 Evening: Graduation & farewell get together
   
Accommodations: Marathon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Farewells and Departures
(Saturday, July 27)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel shuttle departs from inn at 6:45 am to connect with first am ferry. Continental breakfast at 6:15 am for those who wish to depart on the 7:30 am ferry; full breakfast begins at 7:30 am for remainder
 Morning: Please check out by 11:00 am
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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