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A Few Days Out of Time

Last week, we got unexpected news that my DH’s sister had bought a cottage on Grand Manan, a jewel of an island in the Bay of Fundy, off the coast of New Brunswick. The house needed work, so we piled Chance and Echo in the car and headed off for what turned out to be a magical few days.

Grand Manan is the kind of place where people don’t wear watches. Things happen in their own time. The closest thing to a spectator sport is watching the Cape Islanders chug out into the bay in the morning and return at sunset, or watching whales and porpoises from a windy cliff top. There are places with names like Whistle, Seal Cove and Dark Harbour. The local take-out makes the best lobster rolls I have ever tasted, and the restaurant by the ferry terminal specializes in succulent fresh scallops and fish. If we hadn’t burned off the calories painting, wallpapering, laying floors and hiking, I would have brought a few extra pounds back with me.

The cottage is a five-minute walk from this beach, which was all but empty the whole time we were there. The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world, so at low water the beach stretches out almost to the horizon, and at low tide the water laps at the feet of the cliffs. The dogs were in heaven, and so were we.
The place is tailor-made to be a setting for a romance. I can picture a couple trysting at Southwest Head,where the picture at the top was taken, the best location on the island for sunsets. And the best part of it all is that we’ll be able to go back next year. Life is good.


  1. Ann Stewart
    August 31, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Shoulds like a great place to visit for some writing time. I think Ethan and Ava would love it there.

  2. Janet
    August 31, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Just put it on my 'Must Go' list, Jennie. Thanks for sharing – of course, I had heard of it, but didn't 'know' about it. Accessible all year? That beach looks marvelous – Taz would love it there!

  3. Jennie Marsland
    August 31, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Ann, Ethan and Ava would definitely love it there. Ethan could fish or run whale-watching tours. It would be perfect.

    Hi Janet, yes, the ferry runs all year round. The island is fully equipped, with a big grocery store, several good restaurants,a liquor store, and a Home Hardware that sells everything imaginable from high end furniture to Paderno cookware. Taz would definitely love it there. It's doggy heaven. Chance and Echo swam and ran to their hearts' content.

  4. Kelly Boyce
    September 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    What a beautiful spot! Magical indeed!!