Hiking the park trails

Visitors welcome!

A Day Pass is required — available at the Reception Area

Hole-in-the-Wall

Enjoy a visit to the Hole-in-the-Wall and the viewing decks along the Red Trail (red markings on stones and trees).

The Park trail system offers opportunities to enjoy the Bay of Fundy. Secure footwear is required for all trails. If your group includes children, adults always in the lead, children followers.

Directions to the Reception Area

Upon disembarking the ferry, turn right at the stop sign on Route 776. Turn left on Old Airport Road following the North Head Campground & Park signs. Continue to the Reception Area, about one kilometre from the ferry.

Park staff will greet you at the kiosk with a trail map and helpful tips to ensure you enjoy your hike through forest to the Hole-in-the-Wall rock arch and along the ocean cliffs.

There is an entry fee to the Hiking Park. You are provided with a Day Pass and a trail map.

Washrooms and potable water are available at the Reception Area.

Grand Manan and the Bay of Fundy are pristine eco-systems. Garbage and recycling bins are located at the Reception Area.

Pets must be on a leash at all times.

Park Trail System

Trail Head Parking to Hole-in-the-Wall

Approximately 30–40 minutes round trip — This popular trail begins at the Trail Head Parking, through a wooded trail to the cliffs at the ocean, then left to the famous Hole-in-the-Wall (“HITW” on signs). The egg-shaped hole was carved by the ocean probably 10,000 years ago and its base is just at the high tide line. The rugged cliffs that surround the rock formation are themselves worthy of a visit — and more photos. The Bay of Fundy laps below and on the horizon to the north are the Fundy Isles, the coast of Maine and easterly, mainland New Brunswick. Retrace the trail to the Trail Head Parking.

Hole-in-the-Wall to Fish Head Deck and Bull’s Eddy Deck

Approximately 60–90 minute return to the Trail Head Parking — Retrace your path from the Hole-in-the-Wall for a short distance and rather than following the path to the right returning to the Trail Head Parking, continue along the Red Trail. With the ocean on your left, continue for about 20 minutes until you arrive at the strategically placed Fish Head Deck. After taking a selfie with the 60-foot cliffs as a backdrop, in approximately 15 minutes the Bull’s Eddy will be the next viewing stop. Swallowtail Lighthouse will be visible to the south — another great photo opportunity. If you wish to end your hike at Bull’s Eddy Deck, retrace your steps to the Trail Head Parking. If you are walking, use your trail map and follow the Park signs to return to the Park Reception Area.

Bull’s Eddy Deck to Swallowtail Lighthouse Road

Approximately 60 minutes — The magnificent vistas continue on the Red Trail with views of Swallowtail Lighthouse popping in and out. Take advantage of short trails to explore dramatic rock formations close to the ocean. Pick a comfortable rock and listen for whales — Minkes, Finbacks, Humpbacks. Continue on the Red Trail to the paved Swallowtail Lighthouse Road. Turn left to visit the majesty of the geography and Swallowtail Lighthouse or right to the Old Airport Road. Hole-in-the-Wall to Swallowtail Lighthouse Road distance is hard to calculate so an approximate time of 2 hours one way is a verified guide.

The Discovery Trail — fun for kids of all ages!

When you check in at the Reception Area, the children in your party will be provided with a Discovery Guide. The discovery points are placed along the popular trail from the Trail Head Parking Area to the Hole-in-the-Wall rock formation. It is named the Discovery Trail as the hidden objects (maybe a bunny or a frog!) are discovered. Circle the item on your Discovery Guide checklist. Imagine faces, shapes, maybe even a person with red hair in the rock formation of Hole-in-the-Wall! Don’t forget to yell “Thar she blows!” if you spot a whale in Whale Cove (it is named Whale Cove for a reason)! As your hike is complete, stop at the Reception Area where the young detectives are rewarded with a treat as they show their Discovery Guide checklist to the Park staff!

Hiking Day Pass rates

  • Per Person: $4
  • Children Under 12: FREE
  • Rates include New Brunswick HST of 15%