To catch the ferry to Grand Manan one is required to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to departure, even with a reservation. We claimed our spot in line bright and early which left me with some time to explore the area around the ferry dock.
It had rained the night before and the sky was still a bit dreary. It wasn’t difficult to find inspiration for contemplative images.
It was soon time to board the ferry and we waved goodbye to the Blacks Harbour lighthouse. The light over the water was magnificent and the 90-minute sailing time flew by fast. About halfway we underwent the monthly emergency drill with a headcount of all passengers and two Zodiac rescue boats getting launched into the water to ride alongside the ferry for the rest of the trip.
The Grand Manan lighthouse guided the ferry around the headland and into the harbour where blue sky and sunshine had magically pushed away the grey clouds. The picturesque island beckoned.
The main reason for the trip was to drop off artwork for a solo exhibition at the Grand Manan Art Gallery. The show opens tomorrow, August 21st. Since exhibition openings are still not organized I did not take the time to stay. We had some time before we had to be at the ferry dock for the sailing to mainland New Brunswick. We discovered Castalia Marsh where we walked the beach at low tide.
Long Eddy Point Lighthouse was one of the destinations suggested to us where we might spot whales. We enjoyed the drive there and spending time on the viewing deck was memorable. But the whales eluded us.
Before we knew it we had to return to the ferry dock for boarding to sail back to Blacks Harbour. We had a long drive ahead and arrived home just before 9 pm with the setting sun.
I hope you enjoyed the travelog of our quick excursion to Grand Manan! Thanks for stopping by. Hope your Saturday was filled with sunshine and peace. Best wishes, Anna