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Quoddy Loop Beaches

Campobello Island, New Brunswick
Eastport, Maine
Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick
Lubec, Maine
Machiasport, Maine
Pembroke, Maine
St. Andrews, New Brunswick
St. Stephen, New Brunswick

Campobello Island

Herring Cove Provincial Park

Herring Cove Beach

Campground, Playground, Picnic Area

This two-mile long crescent, pebble and sand beach looks out into Fundy Bay. Adjacent to it is placid, freshwater Lake Glensevern. Hiking trails, as well as hiking the beach and beach combing, are favorite pastimes. Sand dollars and species of sponge are sometimes found on this beach, along with interesting smooth stones. It's also a great beach for kite flying!

Roosevelt-Campobello International Park

Raccoon Beach
Liberty Point

As well as the Roosevelt Visitor Centre and Cottage, just across the highway is the large natural section of the park on Glensevern Road. Here are many hiking trails and several beaches, which vary from sand and pebble to rugged, rocky cliffs!

Campobello Island Aquatic Park

A saltwater "swimming hole" has been constructed within Harbour De Loutre, by damming off a small corner of the bay, thus providing a decidedly warmer dip into the normally frigid sea waters of the area.



Carrying Place Cove

This pretty cove along the highway offers beautiful sunsets, as well as vast intertidal mud flats at low tide. Here, migrating shorebirds are plentiful on their annual journeys between north and south. Also, the local clamming industry benefits from the clam seeding project that takes place in this cove. (The land here is the isthmus where the never-completed Passamaquoddy Tidal Power Project proposed to place the turbines to generate electricity from the tides.)


Grand Manan

Grand Manan has a nearly complete variety of beaches--from sandy, to rocky, to spectacular high and craggy cliffs, where your experience of the beach is a breathtaking look over the precipice! Geology on the island includes volcanic basalt (Triassic period), and sedimentary-metamorphic (Paleolithic/Precambrian), with common finds of amethyst, agate, and copper.

Anchorage Provincial Park

Long Pond Beach

Anchorage Provincial Park has a long, sandy beach, which at low tide provides a long shallow area that warms up from the sun, offering a refreshing swim! (And delicious clams, we are told.) Near the park--within the migratory bird refuge--is a freshwater pond that is popular for swimming and boating.

Red Point

A must-see for geology enthusiasts, Red Point is what is known as a geological contact point.

Whale Cove

Other geological features along the shore are the Seven Days Work formation, and Hole in the Wall, a natural stone bridge.

Dark Harbour

At the bottom of sheer cliffs, a saltwater "lake" is formed here due to a long, rocky bar. This is the location where harvesters depart with their dories to collect the mineral-rich dulse seaweed that is popular for snacking and seasoning both in the region and abroad.



West Quoddy Neck & Head

Lubec Sand Bar

On the South Lubec Road, on the way to West Quoddy Head, this is a prime spot for birding during the annual plover and sandpiper migration. This long, sand reach runs parallel to the shore, and provides considerable sandy beach for shorebirds to feed. It also affords a wonderful view of the south end of Campobello Island, including Liberty Point, as well as of the "Sparkplug" (Lubec Channel Light), with the village of Lubec, the Roosevelt Memorial Bridge, and Mulholland Point Light in the background.

Quoddy Head State Park

The beaches here are about as opposite as one could find! On the north side of the neck are vast intertidal mud flats, where shorebirds abound on their annual migration, and the local clamming industry pursues its quarry. On the south side of the Head itself are beautiful rocky cliffs. Here, hike the rugged trails, and take in the view of Grand Manan Island, sitting 9 miles off shore at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy.



Roque Bluffs State Park

Your choice of an ocean beach, with beautiful views of the offshore islands, and a small freshwater lake, are all within a couple of hundred feet. Saltwater and freshwater swimming are popular here.

Bucks Harbor, Machiasport

Jasper Beach

Walking this pebbly beach, beachcombers are likely to find specimens of jasper and quartz.



Reversing Falls Park

Reversing Cobscook Falls

On Leighton Neck, a beautiful vista of Falls Island and Whiting & Dennys Bays awaits, as well as the wonderful tidal Reversing Cobscook Falls. Seals, eagles, and sea birds frequent this spot. When the tide is low, fossils can sometimes be found on the rocky beach.

To see the falls reverse, plan to be there an hour before high tide (A picnic is a good idea!); however, since the tide runs a bit more than an hour later than predictions for Eastport and Lubec, adjust your schedule accordingly. The roar of the falls will dwindle to silence, and the sounds of birds and the wind will become apparent. The tidal current slows almost to a standstill, when--suddenly--it reverses!


St. Andrews

Around St. Andrews, the shoals are so gradual that at low tide, the red stony beach extends a long distance off shore. The historic Blockhouse (built as protection from possible American naval invasion during the War of 1812) at the west end of the town is a good place to experience the beach. Nearby is the Sunbury Shores Nature Centre trail, as well as the educational Huntsman Aquarium. The aquarium feeds their live seals on a regular schedule, and has a wonderful touch tank.

The beach at the west end of town also offers a gently sloping red rock shore, where beachcombing is popular.


St. Stephen / Oak Bay

Oak Bay

A sandy, saltwater beach has been devised--for a decidedly warmer swimming or paddleboating experience--by damming off the tributary to the bay. The view of the Bay is lovely!


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