Places To Go - Islands

Along this long stretch of coast, there's no end to the must-stop places.
Pick what you'd like to explore and get going:

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge

The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge protects the natural habitats of Maine native birds offshore and on the mainland. The 7,400 acre preserve consists of 47 offshore islands and three coastal parcels, and stretches 150 miles along the coast to include five national wildlife refuges—Petit Manan, Cross Island, Franklin Island, Seal Island and Pond Island. Protected birds range from nesting seabirds, wading birds and bald eagles to songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl. A favorite is the black and white Atlantic Puffin.

Acadia National Park

Acadia consistently ranks among the most-visited national parks in the U.S. and offers ocean trails, more than 20 small mountains, sand beaches, lakes and abundant wildlife. It is the only national park in Maine and New England, and is comprised of more than 35,000 acres of pristine land on Mount Desert Island, Isle au Haut and the Schoodic Peninsula. The park includes 45 miles of historic carriage roads perfect for bicycling and offers scenic views of the surrounding landscape and ocean vistas. There are several options for bike rentals nearby.


Year-round, Artsipelago is a map and guide to the best of the locally distinctive culture of our region - two countries/one bay. This distinctive arts and culture of a group of islands and peninsulas is located on the international Maine/New Brunswick coastal border region of Passamaquoddy Bay and is all connected by ocean-going ferries, water taxis and scenic coastal drives.

Seascape Kayaking Tours Deer Island

Immerse yourself in one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world by paddling the Bay of Fundy off the coast of Deer Island. Paddling out from a protected harbour, you're sure to see bald eagles, harbour seals, and harbour porpoise.
Price Point: Starting from $65

Ministers Island

Ministers Island is an enchanting place to experience. Lying just off the shore near Saint Andrews, this 500-acre island is only a part-time island. You reach it by driving over the sea floor (at low tide) for approximately one kilometre. Once there, you are immersed in an experience from the late 19th and early 20th century - the summer estate of Sir William Van Horne, the first president of, and the driving force behind, the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Price Point: Children under 3 are free; $15 for adults; $10 for ages 4 - 14