Grand Manan New Brunswick Canada

BEACHES - "Castalia Park Beach"

Without a doubt, Castalia Provincial Park is one of the island's most diverse and intriguing landscapes. At high tide, you drive out on a thin spit of land between what appears to be two arms of the sea. At low tide, however, the park's fascinating diversity reveals itself: an inland salt marsh, rushing streams, fertile fields, sand dunes, rocky beaches, sand beaches and enormous tidal flats.

At several points along the drive, there are covered picnic areas with barbeques - and a great view of the water fowl which flock to the area to feed at low tide - both Grand Manan native birds and a wide variety of feathered visitors.

The park also features walking paths along the top of the dunes and reveal the other great diversity of the landscape: wild flowers - in a very small area, everything from the marsh plants, those which prefer the tops of the sand dunes, and the ones which prefer the sea spray. Somewhat defying logic, one of the most prolific plants is Grand Manan's famous wild roses, including the rarer white variety.

But don't forget to stop and smell the thistles! (a piece of advice I picked up from Wendy Dathan at one of the Grand Manan Museum's evening talks on local flora.) Truly a surprise for a plant with such an otherwise prickly demeanor.

You can find a wide variety of shells, rocks and other beachcombing finds on the long stretch of gravel and sand beach. You can also great a great look at Long Island and the many fishing and sailing boats which pass by the area.

Elegant hardscaping within the park also protects the more fragile areas. At low tide, the salt marsh and inland stream are revealed. There are professional blinds available for the serious birder. One of the most diverse landscapes for wild flowers on the island. At the stream's outlet, even at lowest tide, it flows rapidly - with Fundy's famous tides, a huge volume of water finds its way into the marsh area at high tide. Part of the rocky beach with Long Island in the distance. The tidal flats are fun to explore for both plant and animal life - but watch your step!
Tourism New Brunswick website Castalia Park Beach
GMTA web site
The McHones' Guide to Grand Manan Beach Stones, J. Gregory & Nancy W. McHone At the Museums, and at the Farmers Market on the Island, or online at:

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