Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick
About Grand Manan Island
Grand Manan, New Brunswick, is notably the largest island in the Bay of Fundy, and it is the main island of the Grand Manan Archipelago. The island is approximately 16 miles long and 11 miles wide, and it straddles Canada and USA - it lies between the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of Maine on the Atlantic Coast.
A Little Bit of History
The Passamaquoddy First Nation peoples were the first known inhabitants of Grand Manan Island. European settlers later claimed it and incorporated it into the British colony of Nova Scotia. This changed in 1784, however, when Manan was made part of the newly created colony of New Brunswick.
Incidentally, the United States laid claim to Manan Island until around 1817, when they made an agreement that left Britain with Grand Manan Island, and the United States with Moose, Frederick and Dudley, and Cobscook Bay.
Why Visit Manan Island?
The island is a fascinating place to visit for its wildlife and historical monuments. When you go to Manan Island, be sure to check out its beautiful bird sanctuary, and the historic Swallow Tail Lighthouse, which was built in 1832.