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  • hey guys we're samuel and audrey and today we're

  • bringing you to grand manan an idyllic island in new brunswick

  • canada set in the bay of fundy quite close to the border with maine

  • this was a family road trip we planned with sam's parents george and debbie and

  • some of their best friends joan and gary there are so many things

  • to do in grand manan new brunswick canada and together we spent four days road tripping across the

  • island visiting lighthouses feasting on fresh lobster and fish and

  • chips exploring the historic smoke sheds in seal cove

  • bird watching in castelia marsh taking a side trip to whitehead island and

  • catching some spectacular cliff top sunsets

  • our trip to grand manan was laid back with lots of time outdoors in nature

  • and now we want to share it with you we think this is a must visit island in

  • atlanta canada and we'll show you why in this grand manan travel guide

  • all right guys so we are all aboard the ferry ready to go

  • ready to go supposed to be about a 90-minute ride yes

  • and we have beautiful weather for this so we've come up to the top deck

  • blue skies nice breeze how do we get so lucky seriously i know

  • i mean there's some times where there's even apparently fairy delays or it could

  • be foggy and so to get a day like this couldn't

  • get any better perfect summer day so yeah ready to go

  • we'll show you the journey

  • if you're planning a trip to grand man and in the summer we'd suggest going on

  • the grandman and coastal transport website and booking your ticket for the

  • crossing ahead of time this is a popular summer destination in

  • new brunswick so the ferry can get very busy

  • as for costs you have to pay for the vehicle plus each individual passenger

  • it was 35.80 for the car and an additional 12 dollars per passenger when

  • we traveled

  • as you know audrey and i like to eat so it wasn't long before we found ourselves

  • in the cafeteria sampling some of the seafood

  • we got the fish chowder and an order of fried scallops with french fries

  • a little taste of what was to come once we reached grand man

  • sam says laughs the beach our very our very first stop in grand

  • man we're here at the beach yeah

  • picture-perfect weather the sun is out it's actually quite a bit warmer than it

  • normally is here on the island we were expecting maybe

  • five to ten degrees cooler than fredericton nope it is nice and hot and

  • i don't know why you're wearing a sweater

  • because this with a is on i i feel great in my uh and my

  • t-shirt anyway yeah just a beautiful beach within what

  • two minute walk from where we're staying yeah so we're staying in seal cove and

  • our cottage isn't ready yet we've got another

  • hour before check-in so we just walked over to the beach

  • going to enjoy this lovely day go for a little stroll

  • yeah and then we'll take you to our herring

  • smoke shed converted cottage and i'll show you what that looks like

  • indeed

  • so we got pretty lucky with dinner that evening because shortly after checking

  • in the owners of the cottage brian and

  • brenda asked us if we'd be interested in buying some fresh lobster

  • of course we jumped at the opportunity because can you think of a better

  • welcome meal to grand manan new brunswick canada since we didn't really know how to cook

  • the lobster they offered to prepare it for us and we got

  • quite the cooking lesson in the process talk about hospitality

  • just want to make sure that's good it's boiling yeah okay so you got your live

  • lobster in here okay and they'll already put them in

  • upside down so they're passed out falling asleep more or less

  • and here we go they go right in water oh look at that not in the water they're

  • just above the water and they're gonna get steamed

  • and they're in there it's about 17 minutes yeah between 15 and 17 minutes

  • depending on you know the size and how many you're putting in the pot

  • right there you go thank you so we're putting the rest of the lobsters here

  • into the fridge and they'll keep like three four or five days

  • okay as long as you cool them down they got so much moisture inside of

  • their shell that they can live in their own salt water in there for days

  • wow when you want a fresh one you just open the fridge steam up some water and

  • good to go good to go fresh lobster rolls

  • yeah they've been steaming never touch the water you're gonna get the hundred

  • percent the yeah the flavor the real flavor of the

  • bay of fundy lobster the best lobster in the world

  • it's like cooking baking a cake it's precise

  • for safe you

  • and the moment of truth is coming up all right here we go

  • look at that and that's not water they were sitting in that's water from the

  • ocean that was inside the lobster shell that's what the

  • lobster lives in it's like they have their own little

  • cocoon of ocean water in there see the rocks

  • yeah rocks okay the the water is below the top of the rock so the lobster never

  • touched the water see so that's that's the exact amount you

  • want there's like not even two inches of water in there

  • wow there they are there they are oh i think a beauty

  • look at that you don't get colors like that

  • ta-da lo and behold our dinner i seriously don't think we could have

  • asked for a better first meal on this

  • island

  • yeah i believe it take two comes home tail comes off

  • yeah you don't get that yep

  • nice and juicy and then put your finger in there and slip it out

  • slip it out oh i see oh here it comes look at that

  • oh wow want to do mine too sam that was very easy that was easy

  • no those dangly bits all these dangly bits okay just pull it

  • back like that yeah because there's a green stuff in there

  • okay fine sam you just bathed yourself and locked

  • lobster juice on my own all over your shirt like it looks like someone puked

  • on you well i got it you got it i got it i

  • earned it there you go i can't believe how much juice i spilled

  • that was legendary you bathed yourself sam

  • not graceful but then you take this one off

  • oh look at that

  • now before we forget let's give you a quick tour of the smokeshed cottages in

  • sealcove beach which is where we stayed for the

  • duration of our trip to grandma and the smoke sheds and seal cove were

  • designated a national historic site in 1994

  • and they encompassed 54 wooden buildings that were built between 1870

  • and 1930. these structures were part of the leading center of herring production

  • in canada the smokeshed cottage we stayed in was

  • lovingly restored by its owners brian and brenda mclaughlin who now have a few

  • different places to rent we stayed in their two-bedroom cottage

  • and it proved to be the perfect base for exploring the island

  • plus we love being so close to the beach one bit of advice

  • cottages on this island get booked up months and sometimes a year in advance

  • so it's good to start planning your trip early

  • on our quest to book a cottage anywhere on the island we also discovered that

  • hardly anyone uses websites like booking or airbnb

  • so we had to do things the old-fashioned way and call in email places to check

  • availability just so you know

  • later that evening we drove down to southwest head lighthouse so that we

  • could catch the sunset this part of the island is known for its

  • cliffs and it felt like a little slice of ireland

  • we walked along the trail and stopped to enjoy the views while we waited for the

  • sun to dip in the horizon

  • oh no those are seals they're two heads

  • the next morning before meeting up with the whole gang sam and i went out to

  • explore our neighborhood of seal cove

  • all right guys so good morning from seal cove

  • it is day two here on grand banana island

  • we had a great sleep so peaceful out here

  • and yeah this morning we're just going for a little walk

  • to show you around these sheds these were former

  • herring smoke sheds they used to smoke the fish here

  • but nowadays they've kind of been repurposed

  • so we're seeing in one that's been turned into a cottage some people

  • actually live in them they've turned them into homes

  • some of them are storage units for fishermen who have their lobster traps

  • and their fishing gear and their boats so it's really cool it's just like a

  • small little area so you can walk around explore on foot and yeah just a historic

  • part of the island so we're gonna give you

  • a little tour let's go check it out

  • we were walking around snapping photos of the herring smoke sheds

  • buoys and lobster traps when someone invited us to come and see what the

  • inside of one of these sheds looks like now let me just say that coming from a

  • big city i normally don't go around following

  • strangers into dark sheds but everyone we met on grand manan was

  • so friendly and so kind that we didn't even hesitate so cool so this was

  • at one point in smoke shack yeah and then they they used it

  • they would uh we salt bait or whatever so like we'll take a ton of bait of hair

  • and then we'll put salt in with it and it pickles it

  • yeah yeah wow so that's what these cups were used for at one point those are the

  • saltine cups those are salting tops here

  • and how far out do you have to go to set the lobster traps

  • at this time of the year uh we got to go quite a ways we have to go almost the

  • whole way be about a three hour steam on the end

  • oh that's quite a waste

  • later that morning we met up with a new friend sharon and we went to check out

  • some of the boats in ingles head two of our favorites were debatable and

  • senile we had some good laughs over that

  • we eventually drove up to castelia marsh which is a prime birding spot on grandma

  • and island

  • all right guys so we have now made it to castelia marsh this is our next stop

  • today but yeah apparently this is a really

  • good place to come bird watching it's all marshland and you

  • have little trails some different lookout points

  • they also have huts where you can kind of like hide and

  • bring out your binoculars do a little bit of bird watching there

  • so it's a really cool spot we're down by the water right now

  • the tide's going out so you can see all the

  • seaweed on the rocks but yeah we're just enjoying

  • a nice relaxing morning walk over here and then we are going to continue our

  • tour of the island have you seen any birds

  • um just from a distance from a distance yeah you've got the zoom lens

  • yeah so i've grabbed a few shots like that but um

  • yeah they're kind of on the opposite end of the marsh but yeah we are seeing a

  • few out here by the by the beach yeah it's pretty cool

  • then it was time for lunch we went to food for thought in woodward's cove

  • where we enjoyed some tasty sandwiches and homemade chocolate chip and

  • gingerbread cookies just a quick bite because we had another

  • ferry to catch

  • all right we are going on a little trip to another island

  • our grandma and island adventures continue by going to another island

  • whitehead island ferry service yeah we're going to be leaving on this one

  • from grand manan new brunswick and coming back on this one yeah 1 30

  • and 4 30. and if we don't catch that then we we

  • have a seven o'clock stay until seven o'clock

  • we're just really excited it's a free ferry we should mention we didn't

  • mention that so you think we like free things so we're gonna we're

  • gonna enjoy our time and one last little bit of information guys

  • is that the ferry crossing is only 28 minutes each way so it's a nice short

  • ride nice short ride yep

  • well hello hello we made it to whitehead we are yeah

  • somewhere on the shores of the island we've been scrambling over rocks yeah

  • doing a bit of hiking a bit of an adventurous path to be

  • honest yes there's a tiny bit that's kind of marked

  • and the rest we've just been kind of climbing over rocks

  • and doing it ourselves yeah this is like a really nice place to come enjoy a

  • picnic have a nap on the warm rocks there's

  • seagulls flying around we think we've seen a seal like its

  • little head pop out of the water and whoop back down yeah we were at a bit of

  • a further vantage point and now that we're where

  • we thought the seal was it hasn't reappeared

  • yeah we're hoping to see it again yeah it's a little bit windy here so i hope

  • you can hear us okay but it's really nice it's such a relaxed

  • island like it's even smaller than yamana and even less people living here

  • yeah so if gram and in is chillaxing this is super duper chillaxing

  • love it out here

  • so

  • we also made it down to the beach on whitehead island we dipped our feet in

  • the waters and they were so numbingly glacial which explains why no one there

  • was swimming

  • later that afternoon back on gram and end we decided to tackle another hike

  • our family friends were staying at anchorage provincial park so we walk the

  • red point trail which is a coastal trail that starts off

  • with a forest boardwalk and then leads down to the beach

  • that night sam and i went out for dinner at isla cocina

  • the name translates to island kitchen and it's a food truck serving up mexican

  • food and seal cove we placed our order and then befriended

  • the cute little pup who lives there

  • guys the food is here i am so hungry i've been looking forward to this

  • all day long first up fish tacos they look delicious they come with a little

  • bit of fried rice beans then i'm really glad sam decided

  • to order a little side dish a little snack coconut shrimp

  • looks so good and then your quesadilla let's just dig on

  • in shall we cherry

  • so how is it so good real corn tortillas i'm just so hungry you can feed me

  • anything right now look at that

  • coconut coconutty as one would hope this was piping hot cause it's fresh out

  • of the fryer but it's got a nice sweetness to it

  • i like it

  • and you may have chosen the best one again i always do

  • it always happens sam really knows how to order food

  • every time he gets stuff his is like amazing

  • well i can't wait to try it we are in need of a little bit of caffeine this

  • morning yeah we found a great place recommended

  • by our family friends gary and joan yes um which what's the area of this

  • island i can't forget we just feel like we're just south of woodward's coast yes

  • exactly exactly and there's a giant coffee sign to lure

  • you into this uh into this place