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Grand Manan Island: A Whale and Birding Paradise

Program Number: 5378RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/25/2013 - 8/31/2013; 8/3/2014 - 8/9/2014; 8/17/2014 - 8/23/2014; 8/24/2014 - 8/30/2014; 9/14/2014 - 9/20/2014;
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

8-25-2013

Includes study cruise to remote island and large Leach's storm petrel colony, whale-watching excursion to see humpback, finback, minke and northern right whales and a study cruise along the dark side of the island, with it's 300' cliffs.



8-3-2014, 8-17-2014

Includes two whale-watching excursions to view humpback, finback, minke and northern right whales.



8-24-2014, 9-14-2014

Includes whale-watching excursion and a boat trip to a research station on a remote island that is home to thousands of nesting Leaches Storm Petrels.




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 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

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Marathon Inn
phone: 888-660-8488
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 3 - 4 hours (including ferry from Grand Manan Island) 

   

Marathon Inn provides return service to Saint John (Saturday only); departs at 0700 from Grand Manan as is ferry dependant. Do not book flight out prior to 11:00 AM Saturday. call 1-888-660-8488 to arrange or email mhl@nbnet.nb.ca.

 

Saint John

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Marathon Inn
phone: 888-660-8488
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 3 - 4 hours (including ferry to Grand Manan Island) 

   

Marathon Inn provides a pick up service (Sunday only) from Saint John, N.B., must arrive in Saint John by 11:30 AM to connect; prebooking necessary, cost $70.00 per person round trip includes ferry ticket, call 1-888-660-8488 to arrange or email mhl@nbnet.nb.ca.

 
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; approx. cost $50.00 Cnd for two adults and passenger vehicle, round trip; ferry schedule provided with information package; may view online also at www.coastaltransport.ca; ferry trip is one and on 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: Registration/Introduction to Marine Mammals
(Sunday, August 25)
   
 Arrive To: Check in, registration
 Dinner: Dinner in main dining room and orientation in Annex Lounge: introduction to marine mammals: slide/lecture format.
   
Accommodations: Marathon Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Whale Watching Expedition
(Monday, August 26)

Note: Board and disembark vessel. Some walking and standing.



   
 Breakfast: At inn: hot or cold cereal: fruit; hot entree (cook's choice; changes daily); juice; tea; coffee
 Morning: 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.
 Lunch: On board vessel
 Afternoon: Continuation of boat trip
 Dinner: At inn: set appetizer and dessert (made fresh daily); choice of fresh catch of the day or meat entree daily: preorder after breakfast each day
 Evening: Birding introduction: slide/lecture format
   
Accommodations: Marathon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Birding Field Trip/Grand Manan Museum (Alan Moses Bird Collection)
(Tuesday, August 27)
   
 Breakfast: At inn: hot or cold cereal; fruit; hot entree (cook's choice, changes daily); juice; coffee; tea.
 Morning: Land birding field trip
 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 4: Outer Island Birding/Fisherman's Wharf Walk
(Wednesday, August 28)
   
 Breakfast: At inn: hot or cold cereal; fruit; hot entree (cook's choice, changes daily); juice; coffee; tea.
 Morning: Outer island birding field trip to view a large colony of Leach’s Storm Petrels.
 Lunch: Bag lunch
 Afternoon: 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.
 Dinner: At inn: set appetizer & dessert (made fresh daily); choice of fresh catch of the day or meat entree daily; preorder after breakfast each day
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Marathon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Dark Side of the Island Boat Trip, Birding Field Trip
(Thursday, August 29)
   
 Breakfast: At inn: hot or cold cereal; fruit; hot entree (cook's choice, changes daily); juice; coffee; tea.
 Morning: Darkside of the Island boat trip
 Lunch: At inn
 Afternoon: Land birding field trip
 Dinner: At inn: set appetizer & dessert (made fresh daily); choice of fresh catch of the day or meat entree daily; preorder after breakfast each day.
 Evening: A visit to the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station
   
Accommodations: Marathon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Culture and Lifestyle of a Fishing Island, Free Afternoon
(Friday, August 30)
   
 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 and farewell get together
   
Accommodations: Marathon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Farewells and Departure
(Saturday, August 31)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at 6:50 a.m. for those who wish to depart on 7:30 a.m. ferry; full breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. for remainder
 Morning: Please check out by 11:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

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