Deer Island & the West Isles
an Island Adventure
Whale Watching • Boats •
• Antiques • Photography •
• Gift Shops • Painting •
• Art Galleries • Hiking • Cycling •
• Scuba Diving • Kayaking •
• Beach Combing • Sight Seeing •
• Books • Bird Watching •
• Ferries to Campobello and Maine •
Come to the Islands
down on Fundy Bay!
PLAN A STAY on
pretty, un-crowded Deer Island. You'll find accommodations in
a small, quiet place, and enjoy meals 'from the sea'. There
are beaches and trails, whales and bald eagles. When you
decide to explore the mainland every day trip will start and end
with a ferry ride. For those who love the undeveloped coast,
this is the place to be!
OLD SOW WHIRLPOOL
The Bay of Fundy's currents swirl in great circles between
Deer Island Point and Eastport, Maine. Best seen from three
hours before high tide; peaks on new and full moons. Best
viewed from Deer Island Point or the ferry to Eastport.
Herring Weirs and wooden sardine carriers represent the
traditional fishery. Since the 1870's, Deer Island
weirs have supplied sardine canneries throughout the region.
Lobster Pounds are located
in various coves throughout the island, they function as holding
structures where lobsters are kept for shipment to local and
international markets. These originated in the late 1920's,
and Deer Island is renown for having the 'World's Largest Lobster
Aquaculture pens or cages
hold thousands of Atlantic salmon smolt which are raised,
harvested, then dressed in plants on the island for shipping to
market. North America's original aquaculture site can be
seen at the mouth of Lords Cove. Hundreds of local and
mainland people are employed in this fishery.
Things to Do!
WHALE WATCHING, KAYAKING, DIVING
& FISHING IN THE WEST ISLES REGION Enjoy a variety
of water adventures and meet our incredible marine and bird
life. Minke, Finback, and Humpback whales can be seen
frolicking in the waters not far from Deer Island. Our local
tour operators will introduce you to the exciting sea life of the
whales, porpoises, seals and birds that have made Deer Island and
the West Isles their home.
Lambertville, Lords Cove & Richardson: Three small
villages at the islands northern end, seen as one by visitors but
as individual communities by locals. You can find lobster
pounds, wharves, weirs, salmon sites, beaches, breakwaters, scenic
turn-outs, public telephones, credit union, churches and grocery
Fairhaven: On the
sunny, western side of the island overlooking the Western
Passage. Don't forget to get a bite to eat and fill up your
Leonardville: On the
spectacular rugged Eastern side overlooking the West Isles.
Take a walk through Leonardville at twilight to see the four
lighthouses off-shore and the Leonardville Light; it's a nice
sunrise walk, too!
art galleries and gift shops.
Great spot to talk to local fishermen,
do a little fishing and get the feel of being on and near the
WALKING, CYCLING & WILDLIFE
Check with hosts as to the best walks to
take! The Big Meadow Marsh, Eagle Hill Trail, and Deer
Island Point are hot birding spots. Keep an eye out for
eagles and osprey overhead, and the numerous beaver colonies near
the main and byroads as you explore our isle. Look for deer
in the early evenings.
DEER ISLAND POINT PARK
A popular day-use area for locals and
visitors. The park includes: beaches, trails, swings,
international boundary marker, war memorial, ferry landing,
canteen and Canada Customs.