Hole-In-The-Wall – Grand Manan

The largest of the three Fundy Isles, with a population of around 2,500 people, Grand Manan offers visitors an abundance of activities. Whale watching, bird watching, hiking, exploring parks, and scouting out all the lighthouses, to name a few. A favourite activity is taking a boat tour around the island to see whales, birds, seals and other marine wildlife.

Fishing boats at the wharf in North Head, Grand Manan, NB

With working fishing villages, herring weirs and lighthouses, visitors are treated to a glimpse of authentic maritime culture. While visiting, it is also essential to try the world famous Grand Manan dulse. 

Swallow Tail Lighthouse, Grand Manan, NB

Grand Manan Island has two distinct geological landscapes. Volcanic rocks from the early Triassic period make up the western portion of the island. The eastern side of the island is made up of Cambrian metamorphosed sedimentary and volcanic rock formations.

Dark Harbour, Grand Manan NB
Most people live along the eastern shore among the coves, beaches, ledges and cliffs created by the erosion of the Cambrian rocks.

Hole in the Wall, Grand Manan NB
Hole in the Wall Grand Manan. Province of New Brunswick Image Bank. Photographer Mary Ellen Nealis.

Erosion of the rocks on Grand Manan has formed many unique features. One of the best known is the ‘Hole in the Wall’ located on the east side of the island in the Cambrian volcanic rocks of the Fish Head Gabbro. 

Geologic study on Grand Manan goes back to 1839 when New Brunswick’s first Provincial Geologist, Abraham Gesner, visited Grand Manan Island to conduct a geological survey. 

Hole in the Wall Campground is situated around an old quarry. The views from the campsites are nothing short of spectacular. The Hole In The Wall arch is beautiful in its own right, but the views along the cliff trail are so abundant that you’d wish you could camp here over and over again for a different experience each time. 

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